map of Karpathos island

Karpathos is an island in the Dodecanese. It is situated between the islands of Rhodes and Crete.



Other destinations


Greek is the native language of the people of Karpathos. However, most people also speak passable English and many speak German or other European languages.

Get in

By boat

Karpathos is accessible via ferry from Piraeus, Kasos, Crete, and Rhodes.

By plane

Karpathos airport connects the island with Athens, Rhodes and Crete and many other European cities.

Boeing 757-200 at Karpathos airport
Karpathos airport

Get around

By bus

Public buses operate throughout the islands.

By taxi

There are taxis available until 2AM, then only one or two.

By car

You can rent a car or a motor scooter. Asphalt roads run across the west coast of the island. Roads in the interior turn out to be little more than dirt paths.

By motorcycle

Motorbikes and mopeds are popular alternatives to cars. Especially mopeds are frequently used by local youths and can go to many places that cars cannot go - for example the twisted narrow streets of karpathos city. An additional advantage is that they are cheap to rent - 10 to 15 Euros a day is the usual price.

If you start a day-trip with a moped, make you sure you do so on a full tank, as gas stations are sometimes hard to find. An extra stop at a gas station can save a lot of nerves. When renting a moped, check if the profile of the tyres is ok and if the brakes work properly. If it is the last vehicle in store, be suspicious - it could be the one that needs a repair badly. Though helmets are not required on the streets, it might be a good idea to ask your rent-a-bike for one, especially if you intend to drive on streets with more traffic.




Apella beach


There is a good variety of beaches on Karpathos. The south-west side of the island has sandy beaches with calm waters. The wind mostly comes in from the east and also the sea tends to be somewhat rougher to the east.

It is one of the best beaches of the island with sandy beach with nice white sand and shallow sea while it is very popular because of big wave. There are sun beds and umbrellas, showers, restaurants and it is reachable by car.



You can eat local food like makarounes and other plates in many tavernas and restaurants, but it is not all original recipes. fresh fish at sokaki ambrosia restaurant is a must try


The tap water is drinkable and restaurants will serve glasses of ice water upon request. Local drinks include Mythos (beer) and Ouzo.The prices for alcohol are low.


Stay safe

Karpathos is a generally safe destination.

Go next

This article is issued from Wikivoyage - version of the Tuesday, February 24, 2015. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.