Yacht Charter Karpathos – Second Largest Dodecanese Island


December 29, 2011

yacht-charter-karpathosKarpathos island is one of the largest islands in the Dodecanese, a very popular group in Greece, located in the southeastern Aegean Sea. Because of its somewhat isolated position, the people of the island have somewhat peculiar dress and traditions from the rest of the country, which tourists recognize and similar to those of Crete or Cyprus.

The island of yacht charter Karpathos is positioned between Rhodes and Crete islands and has a number of 10 villages that present touristic potential. The highest altitude on Karpathos is Mount Lastos which has 1215m and is a perfect place to get an ensemble view of the island and its surroundings.

The main city on the island, Karpathos, is known to locals as Pigadia and it also doubles as the main port which is why chances are you’ll likely first land here. The other port on the island is called Olympos and it’s situated in the north.

While there is a national airport present on yacht charter Karpathos, most people get here using the ferry services from Piraeus, Crete and Rhodes. By plane, there are a number of flights connecting to cities such as Rhodes, Kasos, Crete and Athens on a daily basis. In the summer months, there are also international flights to a number of European towns.

From the port of Picadia, there are daily boats departing on trips around the island, which is a popular activity among yacht charter crews. Apart from that the most interesting things to do on Karpathos are sunbathing on the nice beaches which are spread evently throughout the island as follows: on the east coast there are Amoopi, Karpathos Beach, Achata, Kato Latos, Apella, on the south coast there are Damatria, Diakoftis, Devils Bay and Agriopotamos (nudist beach), o the west coast there are Finiki and Arkasa Leucadius and on the north coast there are Diafani, Vanada and Forokli.

If you arrive in yacht charter Karpathos, there are a few things you simply cannot miss. You have to visit one of the local villages that strive to maintain their traditions, you have to witness a Karpathian wedding and, if possible, the Easter celebration in the Manetes village. The same village holds 3 days of celebration beginning with August 15th which are worth checking out.

Shopping is also popular on the island simply because the tax here is only 6%. You’ll want to visit one of the popular jewelry stores which have common law tax, but also some of the name brand shops to get a present at a decent price.

You’ll soon discover that another cheap item on the island is alcohol, and the locals enjoy their Mythos beer and their ouzo as do the tourists arriving here.

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