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Karpathos Island, Greece PART I

Published on September 8, 2017 under Wanderlust

Karpathos Island, Greece PART I

Karpathos is a small island on the south of Greece. I am sure you didn’t hear anything about it. With the population of only 6000 inhabitants this charming island still has an untouched nature and plenty of wonderful lonely beaches with crystal clear water. It is an amazing place for quiet holidays in Greece even in summer.

For the first time I divided one huge blogpost into three. Let’s begin with 3 things to do on the north of Karpathos!

1 . Visit wild beaches by boat

You could expect to find here a few organised beaches, but the rest are secluded and either hard or almost impossible to reach by car. Don’t worry, because cruise boat Captain Manolis from Diafani harbour has a wide choice of routes. We spent the whole day on Opsi, Kantri and Forokli beaches. They all are very similar, but they show Karpathos from the wildest side and it is amazing. Instead of our route you could explore Kapi-Nati-Agios Minas beaches and besides would be nice to visit Tristomo-Vroukounda.

2 . Go to Saria islet

The northern part of Karpathos with the near lying islet Saria are included in the Nature 2000 protected area. You can take a boat from Diafani harbour to reach the Saria with its two lovely beaches – Palatia and Alimounta. Palatia beach has to offer more than bright turquoise water. For hiking addicted there is a way to go up to the hill. Animal lovers will have a good time with goats and a donkey. Adventurers won’t miss a cave, swimmers – cliff jumping. There is something to do in Saria for everyone.

3 . Walk through Olympos village

The road to the famous Olympos village takes you through high mountains with no signs of civilisation as suddenly landscape changes and you see a colourful oasis of life in the mountains. This greek village kept not just their unique architecture, but also their traditional lifestyle. When you walk through Olympos to the seaside you will see more unpolished stuff like very old and abandoned houses, greek cat gangs, lonely old ladies and an endless deep blue sea. This place is a must-see!

North of the island is barely inhabited. The road to the famous Olympos village takes you through high mountains with no signs of civilisation as suddenly landscape changes and you see a colourful oasis. This greek village kept not just their unique architecture, but also their traditional lifestyle. When you walk through Olympos to the seaside you will see more unpolished stuff like very old and abandoned houses, greek cat gangs, lonely old ladies and an endless deep blue sea. My mind was full of imagination and questions about this place, it’s people, their lives.

The next blogpost will be dedicated to the middle part of Karpathos and I will tell you my unexpected impressions of the island.