Although Karpathos has rapidly modernised over the years with an increase in hotels and internet cafes, it has retained a definite sense of its own culture and it is this which brings the visitors.
The whole island is wonderfully self-sufficient with most people owning their own livestock and making their own produce so visitors should savour the opportunity to try some of the freshest olive oils and fish available. The island is a glorious opportunity to laze in the sun and experience that dream of the perfect untouched Greek island, the same as it was many years ago.
Popular activities on the island include sailing around the stunning coastline and visiting many of the wonderful churches and monasteries that dot the hillside. Pigadia town has a main square that is surrounded by a great deal of the restaurants and shops whilst the nicer accommodation tends to be slightly higher up on the hillside overlooking the sea. If you are looking for a quieter, more traditional atmosphere then head to the small villages of Finiki, Diafani and Mesohori-Leykos where tiny tavernas and time-honoured living abound in a gentler, cooler climate than by the waterfront.
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