Arkassa Village – Karpathos Island
Karpathos Island is an island full of different places, west side is windy, with beautiful villages, beaches with an easy access. East side is steeper, with villages built on the hill, beaches closed by mountains. North side is more adventurous, with curved asphalt streets leading to villages or dirty narrow streets leading to wild beaches. Karpathos has still a virgin beauty, many churches with different history, traditional villages and excellent beaches.
Arkassa, an impressive village is on the west coast, opposite of Kasos Island has much picturesque scenery. The village square has many restaurants, modern café and super market. A walk in the paths in the village gives the visitor many photos of island houses with nice colours. There is fuel station before the entrance to village and pharmacy on the way to Finiki. Between the village and Kasos towers a rock out to the sea, Paleokastro hill. On Paleokastro hill there are ruins of the ancient city of Arkesia, the place of the old kings. There is hiking path on the hill leading on the top. On the feet of Paleokastro two excellent places lie, Agios Nikolaos beach on the left and Agia Sofia church on the right. Agios Nikolaos, the beautiful sandy beach, the place of battles between pirates and locals in the old times, worth many visits. It is an organized beach with umbrellas, sunbeds, shower and restaurant. Agia Sofia is a byzantine church, which had three basilicas, built one on the other and separated by mosaic floors. The place is amazing and the view from Paleokastro is fantastic!
The airport is located in Afiartis, 8 km from us with car. Afiartis is famous for windsurfing and beautiful beaches.
Main town Pigadia is in 15 km distance from us with car. Harbour, civil offices, health center are located in Pigadia. Harbour is the starting point for daily boat excursions to beaches or to Olympos – Diafani.
Finiki is located in 3 norths, in a protected from rocks bay. In quiet fischerman’s village Finiki there is a small harbor with the fishing boats from locals and excellent fish tavernas.
Menetes: beautiful medieval age village with narrow crooked streets. The St. mary Church is located on a rock 80 metres above the ground, with a full view to Pigadia!
Aperi: Stately houses with - local unusual - red tiled roofs, luxury gardens, surrounded with mountains. Aperi is the residence of the bishop of Karpathos and Kassos and is intended as the island´s richest village!
Volada: Pretty houses decorated with flowers meander along the small river up the valley. Around the village are many luxury gardens with fruit trees, and in the center ist a mighty palm tree.
Olympos – Diafani – Saria: Olympos, the traditional village of Karpathos is on the north. Traditional houses and tavernas, narrow streets with souvenir shops and the women with the local clothes are the back ground in Olympos. The impressive Church of St. Mary is in the center, with decorations made by a local artist. Diafani is a small harbor with tavernas, organized beach and pensions, accessible from the main street through Olympos. Saria, the small island north of Olympos has a wild beauty and is environmentally protected, as some species of animals and plants live there. Saria is accessible by boat, has two wild beaches and ruins of ancient city of Palatia on the hill with a breathtaking view of the beach.