After being disappointed when I realised I wasn’t going to visit Lefkas in June, I had to choose a different holiday destination, and somehow I ended on Karpathos.
This relatively small island may not have loads to offer as far as tourist atractions, but there is one thing that might interest you, and that is Olympos, a typical Greek town where you can enjoy a nice lunch and buy great quality leather shoes. On the other hand, Karpathos is full of beautiful beaches, which vary from pabble to sand, from touristy to completely isolated. There is something for everyone there!
Let’s start with my favourite place, and If you are anything like me (meaning: you don’t like those postard like beaches) you would probably love Chicken bay: windsurfers come here to enjoy gorgeous shallow water and strong winds. It is a beach that is far from the crowded popular beaches, a place where one can truly relax, read a book,maybe jump on a sup or sip a nice coffee at Baja beach bar. A simple beach, with gorgeus sea water,laid back feel, and as it turned out, a nice hidden gem!
On the other hand, if you prefer something more “traditional”, you might like Amoopi beaches better. A small lagoon is a family type destination. But if you have high expectations and you think you deserve Maldives, but can’t afford to go there, well, Karpathos has something for you, too: Diakoftis beach is just that, a long white sand beach,with no buildings anywhere near and the sea that is so clear and so blue and, oh so pretty. Not my kind of beach though, therefore I don’t have a photo to share with you, but you can click on the link for more info, because you never know, it just might be your favourite beach ever.
As far as Pigiadia beach goes, I don’t recomend staying there, it is just nothing special. Although, I do think Pigiadia is still the best choice if you appreciate great restaurants and bars! I stayed at Astron Hotel, which turned out is a good hotel, with a nice big pool, and for a budget friendly hotel I honeslty think it is great! There is only one thing I would suggest you skip if choosing this hotel, and that is breakfast – worse selection of breakfast foods, ever.
Pigadia might not impress you at first, but it is a small little town that grows on you. With only a few streets to wander there were still plenty of things too see and do. And by see and do I mostly mean eat and drink. The restaurant and bars selection is awesome, but here are a few of my favourites:
Acropolis (Pigadia): A MUST for food, drinks and good vibe! ( spent there almost every evening) The steaks are top notch!
Boulevard of broken dreams (Pigadia): great for cocktails, especially if you enjoy live music
Taverna in Chicken bay: best for sea food, with nice owner and waiting staff
This was just a short overview of my week on Karpathos. The island might not be so popular with tourists as some of the other Greek islands, but give it a try. I did and it did not disappoint me.