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Karpathos: South and West coast

greece greek islands karpathos carpathosSeven km south of Pigadia in Amorfos Bay are the 3 small beach resorts: Small Ampoi, Big Ampoi and Kastellia (the nude beach). You can reach this area by taking a pleasant walk through olive groves. These sandy beaches are quite popular and reachable by bus, have hotels, apartments and beach umbrellas. The waters stay shallow for quite a ways out, making them ideal for young children.

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greece greek islands karpathos carpathos A bit further south at Makri Gialos and approaching the southern tip of Karpathos is a ship wreck and the 'windsurfing paradise' of Afiarti. There are accommodations and a tavern at Afiarti, also known as Devil's Bay.

If you aren't already an accomplished wind surfer, you rent equipment and take windsurfing lessons.

The airport comes next following this road. Near it are a few sandy coves, usually deserted. The ancient city of Thaeto is close by.

greece greek islands karpathos carpathos greece greek islands karpathos carpathosFrom Menetes the road descends to the west coast of Karpathos and the port town of Arkassa. Arkassa sits on the slopes of an impressive ravine possessing many small caves.

A bit to the south by road lies ancient Arkessia. Here on the stony headland of Paliokastro rests the Mycenaean acropolis and its Cyclopean walls. The acropolis was inhabited until the late Byzantine period. A colorful mosaic floor may be seen in its 5th Century Church of Aghia Anastassia.

greece greek islands karpathos carpathos greece greek islands karpathos carpathosThe small fishing village of Finika lies just to the north of Arkassa and has a few sandy beaches, and good inexpensive seafood tavernas. Sponge divers from Kalymnos put in here, so you know the food must be good. Caiques depart from Finika for Kassos, weather permitting.

From Finika the paved road forks inland to the villages of Pyles, Othos, Stes, Volada and Aperi, and then the road its way back to Pigadia. A dirt road continues on, high above the sea, to the nicest beach on the west coast Lefkos (white). On the way several deserted beaches beckon the more adventurous from below.

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