Area of island: 332 sq. km/128 sq. miChief town: Kárpathos (Pygádia)Kárpathos (Italian Scarpanto), a long narrow island in the Dodecanese extending for some 48km/30mi from north to south, forms, along with its neighboring island of Kásos, a transition between Rhodes and Crete.
Karpathos Town (Khora), Greece
The island's chief town and principal port is Kárpathos, a modern foundation situated in a wide bay near the south end of the east coast on the site of ancient Poseidion.The town was built primarily with funds sent home by immigrants to the United States and it does not reflect the local architectural style found in the other villages.
A rewarding trip from Kárpathos (by bus or taxi) is to the typical old mountain village of Ólymbos (beautiful views; windmills, still operating), in the northern half of the island; it can also be reached from Diafáni, near the north end of the east coast. The inhabitants of Ólymbos still wear their richly embroidered traditional costumes, and the village's traditional wedding festivities, lasting three days, are famed throughout Greece.
Apérion is an interesting village located northwest of Kárpathos, chief town of the island of the same name.
Off the northern tip of Kárpathos, separated from it by a channel only 100m/110yd wide, is the island of Sariá (area 16 sq. km/6 sq. mi; alt. 565m/1,855ft), the ancient Saros. On the south side of the island are the remains of a Byzantine town.
On the northwestern coast of the island is Messokhori. Here visitors will find an original Karpathian house. The house has typical wooden decoration and pebble floors that form a mosaic.
Area of island: 65 sq. km/25 sq. miChief place: FryThe island of Kásos (Italian Caso, Turkish Kasot), southwest of Kárpathos, is rocky (numerous caves), barren and without any sheltered anchorages. Its inhabitants live by farming (in the north) and boat building. Throughout its history, Kásos has shared the destinies of the neighboring island of Kárpathos. After the war of liberation, Albanian sponge divers settled on the island.The chief place on Kásos, Fry, in the south of the island, lies above the landing stage on the site of the ancient city. Off the north coast of Kásos is the little island of Armathia, now deserted, which has a sandy beach.There's an airfield 1km/.75mile northwest of Fry. Daily flights Rhodes-Kárpathos-Kásos; also connection with Sitía (Crete).Weekly boat services from and to Athens (Piraeus) and Rhodes. Local connections in Dodecanese: Rhodes-Khalkí-Kárpathos-Kásos; also with Crete (Sitía and Aàyios Nikólaos).