Karpathos nowdays - Villages untouched by time...
The villages of Karpathos form two circles, which make the tour
of the island.
Beginning from Pigadia you can follow the way up to Aperi,
pass from Volada, continue to Othos following the mountainside
of the highest mountain of the island, Lastos.
Then passing from Pyles the street starts to descend and leads to
the west side of the island and towards the west coast side.
Following the road and passing through Foiniki, anglers’ village,
we enter the village of Arkasa and head to Menetes high up the
This is the last stop before we return to Pigadia and complete the
The longer circle excludes the villages Volada, Othos and Pyles.
From Aperi instead of turning left to Volada, Othos and Pyles,
the visitor can follow the road to the right and head to the north
part of the island. He will surely enjoy the extraordinary view
of the east part of the island having on his left impressive
mountainsides and on his right the seaside.
Swimming to the beaches of Achata, Kato Lakos, Kyra Panagia,
and well-known Apella will be an unforgettable experience!
After this fascinating journey, the visitor will reach the beautiful
village of Spoa.
Passing the windmills in Spoa the road leads us to the village
of Mesochori heading to the west part of the island.
After Mesochori and turning to the right, one can make a stop
to the beautiful beaches of Lefkos before he follows the main
road to reach Foiniki, Arkasa, Menetes and return to Pigadia again completing
the longer circle of the tour of the island.
There are many remarkable places to make a stop. For example,
it is worth stopping to Mertonas to drink the water of this natural
and visiting the picturesque chapel of Panagia Mertoniatissa
of the 12th century A.D.
Following the main road and turning to the road leading to Apella beach
one can pass near a hidden monument.
In the left side of the road, the chapel of Osios Loukas in a cave
(12th century) is a gift of history.
Many other historic chapels are situated near the main road of the
longer circle, for example, the chapel of Saint George
with its beautiful wall paintings as well
as the chapel
of Panagia Yalohorafitissa (14th century)
bring out the history of Lefkos.
Near the road which leads from Arkasa to Menetes there is
a great Byzantine monument, Agios Mamas, a chapel with a
architecture and wall paintings of unmatched beauty.
Before Arkasa, two beaches form Palaiokastro, the place where
the ancient city of Arkesia was situated.
Through a footpath, one can
climb to the peak of the rock and enjoy
the panoramic view to the sea
especially the time of sunset.
Continue.....Pigadia the capital.