However, our recommendation for this week is Karpathos. It is the second largest of the Dodecanese island chain, (Rhodes being in first place), with history that dates back to the 5th century
Even though an isolated island, it will pleasantly surprise you with its natural beauty, wild winds and waves, and cozy little towns.
If you’re into hiking, then this place has some spectacular routes for you to explore. The chances of you reaching amazing, secluded places like Tristomo, Kali Limni – highest peak in Karpathos – or any of the beaches on the northern part of the island, are very high.
Ancient ruins can still be seen at Agia Anastasia, while the island’s history can be studied in more detail in the Archaeological Museum.
From mid-September to November, the weather conditions are often pleasantly warm and sunny, and gradually become milder and rainy. That means fall offers great outdoor excursions.
If you want to walk the mountains, just make sure you have a map and a compass and know how to use them! A bit old school, yes. But due to the fact of low mobile reception, it is vital to have these items with you.
Walking in Karpathos offers unique views of a nature that remains untouched, making it easy to forget civilization. The best hiking routes are those between Aperi – Volada – Othos – Pyles as well as the trails in the area of Lefkos and Menetes. The areas of Lastos and Katodio are recommended for more experienced hikers.
Extra tips for hikers : You should watch your step, at all times, as the footpaths are quite rocky. Don’t forget to wear comfortable walking shoes and to carry water and a fully charged phone with you. The best time for hiking would be during the morning hours, so as to have the whole day ahead of you.
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While on the island, a must-see is the village of Olympos. Now this place definitely tops the list of places that will stay in your memory for a lifetime. The views are remarkable, homes resemble museums and the nostalgic sound of the Lyra lingers throughout the village; but the ultimate highlight is the window it gives to the old world Greece, as women of Olympos often choose their traditional costumes over more modern attire.
Now let’s talk about food! There are two dishes you should most certainly try. One is the fresh cheese “Manouli” and the other is the local version of a quite tasty omelette with “tsimetes”, a kind of asparagus that they produce locally. In general, multiple restaurants and taverns dot the islands countryside, where you can savor traditional Greek dishes at low prices. A good suggestion would be the Ellinikon Tavern that serves local food in the island’s main town and port, Pigadia.
As far as accommodation goes Karpathos has many apartments/studios and hotels to book for under 90 euros. And to get there even in the off-season, there are regular flights from Athens with a possible stopover in Rhodes. With boats being quite scarce even in the high season, unless you have time on your hands, the trip will take you anywhere from 16-24 hours! Depending on the boat you will travel with. The choice is yours!
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