Karpathos attractions range from historical religious sites to natural attractions. It still retains many old island customs and is a treasure for ethnologists many are well know over the world, including world heritage sites like Olympos Village.

Folklore Museum: The Folklore Museum gives you an overview on archaeological records of the island. There are museums in Arkasa, Olymbos and Othos village – they focus on the history and culture of the island’s inhabitants. Traditional costumes, pictures and various objects and items are exposed.

PALIOKSATRO: Rising beyond the village is the "Acropolis" the PALIOKASTRO (old castle). At the "Paliokastro" there are vestiges from the Mycenaean acropolis and its Cyclopean walls. The acropolis was inhabited until the late Byzantine period. A colorful mosaic floor may be seen in its 5th Century Church of Aghia Anastassia.

Wind Surfing: Karpathos is a great place for windsurfing with the meltemi blows full force starting from the north down throughout the high mountains, with high-wind days being virtually an everyday occurrence in July and August.

Scuba Diving: In the beginning of 2007 in the beautiful island of Karpathos was established the first diving school. The main office is located in the center of Pigadia next to the big church of Aghi Apostoli. Observe and admire the Karpathian underwater beauties by attending small groups with the view of absolute safety and environmental protection.

Saint Nicholas Beach: Well organized beach in Arkasa situated southwestern to Pigadia. It is one of the best beaches of the island with sandy beach with nice white sand and shallow sea while it is very popular because of big wave. There are sun beds and umbrellas, showers, restaurants and it is reachable by car.

Although Karpathos is a small island it is exceptional because of its rich tradition which has roots from ancient years and
especially because of the local people's devotion to preserving their customs and traditions and living according to these values. One can attend a karpathian "glenti" in Greek Orthodox celebrations and in social events especially weddings, baptisms,name days after eating the traditional karpathian dishes.The Karpathian wedding is one of the most celebrated events - the preparations last one week and the day of the ceremony the local musicians start playing in the morning to finish the feast 2-3 days later!

Other feasts are:

  • Assumption of Virgin Mary in August 15th (Menetes, Pyles, Aperi)
  • Transfiguration of Christ in August 6th (Menetes, Othos)
  • Saint Panteleimon in July 27th (Arkasa, Othos)
  • Kyra Panaghia and Myrtidiotissa in August 23rd
  • Virgin Mary Vrisiani in September 8th (Mesoxori)

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