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Karpathos Holidays

Karpathos holidays

Karpathos lies between Rhodes and Crete and is the third largest of the Dodecanese. Long, narrow, remote and starkly beautiful (especially in the vertiginous north), it is similar in these respects to Amorgos and Ikaria. However, with good flight connections from Rhodes twice daily it is not as difficult to reach.

The southern third is lower-lying and has the airport so it is here that most people stay, especially in and around Pighadia, the island capital. Situated to the south of beautiful Vrondi bay – a magnificent 3km stretch of golden sand – the town itself offers all the facilities you need, including a good choice of tavernas, cafés and shops.

Karpathos Lady, Dodecanese

Holidays In Karpathos

Pighadia port is the departure point for excursion boats to the north. Some superb east coast beaches, such as famous white-pebble Apella - a real postcard shot from the road above - can be reached by sea or hire car, but the best trip is to stay on the boat and continue up the coast to the fishing village of Diafani, where buses take you the short distance to Olymbos. This mountain village is known throughout Greece for its traditional ways – a sign of its historical isolation – where locals still wear colourful embroidered dress and speak an ancient dialect. Although the continuation of some of these traditions today may have a slightly commercial aspect, the village is well worth seeing.

Between Diafani in the north and Pighadia in the south is a scattering of very attractive villages in the foothills of Mount Kallilimni (1215m), such as Pyles. From here you can take the west coast road to Lefkos, three gorgeous sandy bays with a small summer-resort-village behind. Despite its growing popularity Lefkos remains quiet and laid back for much of the year, only busy for a few peak weeks, and has at least a dozen restaurants, a selection of small shops, sunbeds and car hire available.

For a relaxing holiday in attractive low-key environs, with a choice of beaches as good as you will find anywhere on your doorstep, we think Lefkos hard to beat.


Wednesday flights from Gatwick, Manchester and a range of regional airports via Rhodes. Connecting domestic flight to Karpathos (35 mins).Then taxi or MPV/minibus transfer to accommodation - approx journey times Pighadia 30 mins, Lefkos 40 mins, Diafani 75 mins. On your return the reverse applies.

It is likely you will need to overnight in Rhodes Town in at least one direction - this information will be advised at the time of bookings and we will make all necessary arrangements.



We do not have a representative on Karpathos. The hoteliers will happily provide local information and our main agent in Rhodes can always be contacted.

We can arrange car hire for you on Karpathos.

With any other island served by flights to Rhodes e.g. Tilos, Symi, Halki. However please note that mid-centre transfers will doubtless involve some free hours in Rhodes Town (no hardship - luggage can be stored) before the late afternoon ferry (or flight, if Karparthos is your second centre)

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