Introduction - About Karpathos Island
Karpathos island is located between the two well know islands of Rhodes and Crete, with a history dating back to the Minoan era and Mycenean tombs and settlements going back to the second millennium B.C. In the Doric times (1000 BC) it was referred to as Tetrapolis, after the four famous cities, Potideo (Pigadia), Arkessia (the present Arkasa), Vrykous and NisSyros Greece (in the area of Olympos).
In the Classic and Hellenistic periods followed the history of the rest of Greece. In 42 BC Karpathos Greece
was conquered by the Romans and later became part of the Byzantine Empire. From the 7th to 10th century the pirates ravaged A.D. Karpathos Greece. The people who lived close to the sea moved to the mountains. The Genoans, St. John's Knights, the Venetians and the Turks invaded the island.
In the 1821 revolution Karpathos Greece was liberated and in 1830 was given back to the Turks under a treaty. In 1912 the Italians conquered the island and in 1948 it was liberated and joined the rest of Greece.
Karpathos aims is at tourism, its authentic pure natural beauties, its unique wealth, all enhanced by the hospitality of its residents. Its magnificent beaches, its secluded small bays, its imposing mountain peaks and its local inhabitants who dress up in their traditional costumes.
The island is now one of the characteristic tourist islands that still keeps all its authenticity. Its natural beauties are superior to those of other islands, especially the areas of LefKos Greece, Mesohori, Achata, Olympos, etc. Every mountain, mountainside and coast is nothing less than a work of art.
The wildness of the landscape blends with the sweetness of nature. Mountains, pine trees, fresh air and sea, make a superb scenery.