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Karpathos hiking
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Karpathos: Hiking and folklore paradise
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Karpathos: Hiking and folklore paradise

Karpathos: Hiking and folklore paradise

A mountainous island in he Aegean sea

  • 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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The walks are mostly unsurfaced tracks; kalderimia, footpaths and mountain trails. 

Karpathos is a very mountainous island and the paths are not always very clear. You should have a good basic sence of orientation and some walking experience will definitely be in your benefit.

Start: Karpathos airport                         Finish: Karpathos airport

Day 1: Arrive on Karpathos (10 km / 6 mi)
Day 2: Travel from Pigadia to Diafani (4 / 9.5 km)
Day 3: Round walk from Diafani (10 km / 6 mi)
Day 4: Walk from Diafani to Olympos (20 km / 12,5 mi)
Day 5: Round walk from Olympos (4 km / 2,5 mi)
Day 6: Walk from Olympos to Spoa (19 km / 12 mi)
Day 7: Walk from Lefkos to Mesohori and/or vice versa (16 km / 10 mi)
Day 8: Departure

Day 1:    Arrive on Karpathos (10 km / 6 mi)

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: 2.5 hours, 10 km / 6 mi, 240 / 10 m ascent, 240 / 340 m descent 

Day 2:    Travel from Pigadia to Diafani (4 / 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 mountain ranges. During the entire route you will enjoy splendid sea views. 

Optionally you can go on foot for the last 5 kilometer to Diafani, a pleasant walk via a forested river bed. On your arrival at Diafani, there are 2 options for a walk to a beach. 

Challenge: 1 / 2.5 hours, 4 / 9.5 km, 250 / 280 m ascent, 250 / 280 m descent

Day 3:    Round walk from Diafani (10 km / 6 mi)

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 km / 6 mi, 400 m ascent, 400 m descent

Day 4:    Walk from Diafani to Olympos (20 km / 12,5 mi)

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 7th centure 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, 20 km / 12,5 mi, 975 m ascent, 750 m descent

Day 5:    Round walk from Olympos (4 km / 2,5 mi)

Today you make a round walk of app. 4 km / 2,5 mi 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, 4 km / 2,5 mi, 350 m ascent, 350 m descent

Day 6:    Walk from Olympos to Spoa (19 km / 12 mi)

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 village of Lefkos where you stay overnight. You may dine near the hotel or walk down to the secluded bay of Lefkos for a dinner in a seaside tavern. You may ask the hotelier to pick you up after dinner at a small additional cost.

Challenge: 7 hours, 19 km / 12 mi, 880m ascent, 800m descent

Day 7:    Walk from Lefkos to Mesohori and/or vice versa (16 km / 10 mi)

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: 5 hours, 16 km / 10 mi, 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.


All the accommodations we have chosen are optimum choices having in mind atmosphere, comfort and hospitality. All rooms have private facilities and almost all have a balcony or terrace. The accommodations vary in comfort whereby the most comfortable stay is in Olympos.

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. 


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.

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. 


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. 



You can book this tour starting on any day of the week, April-October. In the summer months (mid-June to mid-September) temperatures can be quite high, even though there is a sea breeze. We recommend to book during the off season period.

The nearest airport is Karpathos (AOK). 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.

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.



  • 7 nights' accommodation with breakfast
  • Transfer Pigadia–Diafani
  • Boat Diafani-Forokli
  • Luggage transfer Diafani-Olympos
  • Luggage transfer Olympos-Lefkos with pick-up guests in Spoa
  • Transfer Lefkos-airport
  • Digital detailed route notes and maps in English
  • Access to the trip on our navigation app
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

Not included

  • Flights
  • Tourist tax
  • Other meals
  • Additional transfers 
  • Transfers between 00:00 and 06:00 hrs have a surcharge (check with us) 
  • Personal expenses (drinks, phone calls, tips, etc.)
  • Travel insurance
  • Admissions and entrance fees of any kind

Optional Services (to be booked in advance, net rates)

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

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