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Karpathos: Hiking and folklore paradise

Karpathos: Hiking and folklore paradise

  • Unspoilt Greek island in the midst of the warm Aegean sea
  • A walkers paradise with dense trail network
  • Relax and stay at the traditional village of Olympos
  • Enjoy panoramic views over the sea and the dramatic coastline
  • Discover Apotheose on the beach
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Start: Karpathos airport                FinishKarpathos airport

Day 1: Arrive on Karpathos (7 km or 9,5)
Day 2: Travel from Pigadia to Diafani (9,5 km)
Day 3: Round walk from Diafani (10,5 km)
Day 4: Walk from Diafani to Olympos (19,7 km)
Day 5: Round walk from Olympos (3,6 km)
Day 6: Walk from Olympos to Spoa (18,8 km)
Day 7: Walk from Lefkos to Mesohori and/or vice versa (8 km one way)
Day 8: Departure

Day 1:    Arrive on Karpathos (7 km or 9,5)

After your arrival on Karpathos you will be transferred to your hotel in Pigadia in app. 20 minutes. Depending on your arrival time, you have time to explore the nice town of Pigadia or you can opt for an afternoon walk via dirt roads and quiet tarmac roads.

Challenge: 2 hours, 7 km, 250m ascent, 250m descent OR 3 hours, 9,5 km, 340m ascent, 340m descent

Day 2:    Travel from Pigadia to Diafani (9,5 km)

You will be picked up at your hotel and driven to the north of the island. You will pass by overwhelming scenery: green valleys, forests and impressive steep mountainranges. During the entire route you will enjoy splended sea views. 

Optionally you can go on foot for the last 4 kilometer to Diafani, a pleasant walk via a forested river bed descending to seaside Diafani. 

On your arrival at Diafani, there are 2 options for a walk to a beach.

Challenge: 3 hours, 9,5 km, 280m ascent, 280m descent

Day 3:    Round walk from Diafani (10,5 km)

In the morning you will go on board of a small boat (Kaiki) and travel for 30 minutes to the secluded beach of Forokli. This beach is only accessible by jeep, on foot or by boat and usually you are the only ones there. You walk inland via a beautiful trail along a river bed. Even in the hot summer months there is water in this stream. The flora in spring is really overwhelming. Via an old chapel and dirt road you walk back to Diafani.

Challenge: 3,5 hours, 10,5 km, 340m ascent, 340m descent

Day 4:    Walk from Diafani to Olympos (19,7 km)

Leaving Diafani you walk inland via an authentic paved mule track (kalderimi) and come to the agricultural hamlet of Avlona. Here time seems to have stood still and the land is still cultivated by hand in a very traditional way. There is a small tavern and after a break you continue todays trek via an ancient path until the ancient town Vrykous, now called Vroukounda. This Mycenaen City was an important settlement until the 7thcenture AD, but because of attacks by Saracen pirates its inhabitants moved to mountainous areas and established Olympos village. The place is now desolated; ruins and an interesting chapel in a cave make Vroukounda an amazing site.

You ascend via the same track back to Avlona and now continue via paths to the mountain village Olympos. This village with only 450 inhabitants is a living museum in itself. It has retained an old fashioned way of life where primitive customs still play an important role.

Challenge: 7 hours, 19,7 km, 975m ascent, 750m descent

Day 5:    Round walk from Olympos (3,6 km)

Today you make a round walk of app. 4 km in the surroundings of Olympos. Though the walk is short, there is lots to see on the way, such as abundant flora, hidden churches and a pretty well in a green setting. During this walk you will come to understand how the locals work in their fields. Before the walk you may explore the impressive village of Olympos with its narrow alleys, cute local shops and traditional ovens and hidden churches.

Challenge: 2 hours, 3,6 km, 180m ascent, 180m descent

Day 6:    Walk from Olympos to Spoa (18,8 km)

The walk from Olympos to Spoa is the longest walk of this tour, and definitely the most impressive one too. You walk along the spine of the mountain range of Karpathos all the way from Olympos to Spoa, the village that is located in the narrowest section of the island. Quite often you will see the sea on both sides of the island! From Olympos you walk on a well-kept kalderimi (paved path) to a fertile valley. You pass by some farmhouses and agricultural terraces and through a pine forest. You will enjoy great views over the mountains and the dramatic coastline. Then you descend via a stony path to the village Spoa. Whilst enjoying a refreshment in the local café, you wait for your transfer per taxi to the secluded bay of Lefkos where you stay overnight.

Challenge: 7 hours, 18,8 km, 980m ascent, 980m descent

Day 7:    Walk from Lefkos to Mesohori and/or vice versa (8 km one way)

You come along a Roman archaeological site with a basilica and mosaics and ascend via a kalderimi on the slopes of mountain Profitis Ilias (1.160m) to the mountain village of Mesohori. After lunch in the local tavern here, you may ask the owners to take you back to Lefkos, or you can return on foot via the same way. This possibility allows you to have an afternoon on the nice sandy beach of Lefkos.

Challenge: 2,5 hours, 8 km, 300m ascent, 150m descent

Challenge round trip: 5 hours, 16 km, 450m ascent, 450m descent

Day 8:    Departure

You will have a transfer to the airport for your departure. Lefkos is also a lovely location to extend your trip for a few more nights.

accommodation

All hotels of this trip are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
Below you find the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, we book a similar alternative for you and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra overnight:
You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way. Your last hotel is near the sea in Ano Lefkos. If you like to book an extension on the beach, you can book a hotel on Lefkos beach with us for your extended stay. 

Hotel Atlantis
Hotel Atlantis (Pigadia)

Hotel Atlantis is located near the very city center, opposite the nice square at the old building of the Prefecture. There is a small swimming pool and the hotel is within walking distance from the beach. 

www.atlantishotelkarpathos.gr

Hotel Dorana
Hotel Dorana (Diafani)

The Dorana offers spacious studios with kitchenette and a friendly and helpful owner, who runs this business together with his wife. All rooms have balconies with side sea view.

www.dorana.gr

Aphrodite pension (Olympos)

The pension Aphrodite is located in the center of the village of Olympos, on Karpathos. All rooms have a balcony. It has the most beautiful view to the sea, and you can also see the most spectacular sunsets from the balcony. Some rooms offer views to the traditional windmills below and you enjoy a cool breeze coming from the sea. Breakfast and food is served in the nearby tavern or on the roof top (in summer) overlooking spectacular cliffs. 

www.discoverolympos.com

Hotel Lefkorama
Hotel Lefkorama (Ano Lefkos)

Hotel Lefkorama is a simple hotel, located 2,5km inland from Lefkos beach in the tiny village Lefkos. Surrounded by lush gardens, it offers a quiet oasis for nature lovers. The friendly owner is willing to pick you up from the beach after your swim or meal. Next to the hotel is also a good tavern. 

www.lefkorama.gr

practical info

The best time to travel to the Greek islands is between April and June & September to the end of October. In Summer it gets very hot. In Spring time nature is at its best and in Autumn the sea water is atill warm

The nearest airport is Karpathos. There are direct flights from many European countries to Karpathos, as well as domestic flights from Athens. It is difficult to get to Karpathos by boat since the connections are only twice weekly with Rhodes Island and with Crete. These ferry crossings are time consuming. 

Your transfers from and to Karpathos airport are included. Should you arrive by boat from Rhodes, you will arrive in Diafani and you will have a discount of 75,00 Euro per booking.

From Lefkos you will have a transfer back to the airport (or to the port should you depart by ferry). 

We can send you GPS tracks of this trip upon request and after booking.

included

 Included

  • 7 nights accommodation on B&B basis
  • Taxi transfer airport - Pigadia
  • trasnafer Pigadia - Diafani
  • Boat Diafani - Forokli
  • Luggage transfer Diafani - Olympos
  • Luggage transfer Olympos- Lefkos with pick-up guests in Spoa
  • transfer Lefkos - airport
  • 24-hour telephone assistance, just a phone call away
  • Detailed road book and maps in English
  • Folded map of Karpathos

Not included

  • Flights
  • Other meals
  • Additional transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Admissions and entrance fees of any kind
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers etc.
  • Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the program
  • Transfer between 0am and 6am have a surcharge of 23€ per taxi (max. 4 pax)

Optional services 

  • Additional night/s at any of the accommodations along the way, or in Lefkos
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