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Karpathos is the third largest of the Dodecanese islands – with pretty bays and lovely stretches of sand in the south and a more rugged landscape where villages hug the hills in the north. A long, narrow island between Rhodes and Crete, Karpathos has a wonderful coastline with the most inviting crystal waters.


Legend has it that Prometheus and his Titans were born on Karpathos, a jagged and wild landscape where mountains rise to around 1,200m.

This is an island of two halves, with the more rugged tracks to please keen hikers in the north and pretty beaches for sunshine family holidays and sun-worshippers in the south. Olympic Holidays recommends touring the island to really appreciate the sensational coastline.

Pigádhia, the capital and largest port, is in the east with plenty of beaches and quiet coves as well as restaurants and tavernas. Look out,  too, for distinctive churches built on the rocks. 

The two-star family-owned Panorama Hotel in Karpathos Town offers a traditional stay where guests can enjoy magnificent sea views. It is also conveniently close to  is close Pigádhia and  Xenonas beach for the complete Greek island holiday.

Our favourites in Karpathos

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