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Karpathos the second largest island in the Dodecanese has a history just as long and varied as any other island in the Aegean. The history of Karpathos begins from the Homerian years (mentioned in the Heliad as participating in the Trojan War) and lasts until our days. Karpathos through the ages was conquered by many rulers from the Mediterranean and even further. A result of all those conquests and the long standing Isolation of the population from the far-laying mainland a unique civilization and long standing traditions was developed that amazes every visitor.

The Island has several settled areas comprising small villages with wonderful architecture amphitheatrically overlooking the Aegean Sea. The most important in financial and governmental terms is the capital of the Island named Pigadia. There are at least 10 other picturesque villages waiting for your visit.


From / To Karpathos:

The Island is connected all year round with Peireus, Santorini, Milos, Crete, Kasos, Chalki and Rhodes with scheduled ferry boats itineraries at least twice a week. The length of the journey from Athens’ port Peireus lasts about 16 hours and the distance is about 242 nautical miles.

By air you can reach the Island from many origins, including but not limited to: Athens, Rhodes, Thessaloniki, Sitia, Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt, Vienna, Linz, Prague, Stockholm, Oslo etc.

For information about the regional (intra-Greece) flights you can visit Olympic Air or Astra Airlines and for the international ones you are suggested to contact your local travel agencies or one of the carriers operating charter flights like Lauda Air or Air Berlin

Within Karpathos:

There are daily bus routes to the island villages and taxis are available anytime at 00302245022705.
Car and Motorbike rental offices operate throughout the Island and garages and gas stations are also available in the vicinity of the capital.
You also have the chance to catch one of the small boats operating daily excursions along the coast of the Island.