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Hiking Trip – The unspoiled Karpathos Island

Hiking Trip – The unspoiled Karpathos Island

Hiking Trip – The unspoiled Karpathos Island is a unique holiday experience based on the island of Karpathos – the legendary birthplace of Prometheus and the Titans!

ACTIVE PERIOD
April - October
DIFFICULTY LEVEL
3
DURATION
8 days
Hiking Trip – The unspoiled Karpathos Island
Price from €535
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Overview

Karpathos is the second largest of the Dodecanese Islands and is located in the southeast of the Aegean Sea. Here our Hiking Tour takes place in one of the least commercialized places in Greece. Because it is remote and somewhat protected from the modern world, it has preserved many of its distinct traditions concerning dress, customs and dialect. With its villages nestled high up in the clouds on its mountains and rugged beauty, Karpathos is undeniably unique.

On our Hiking Trip – The unspoiled Karpathos Island, we hike along steep cliffs and rocky coasts enjoying its wild and impressive scenery. Unspoilt and tranquil, it creates a safe haven for a wide variety of animals. The coastal rocky caves are home to the Mediterranean Monachus-Monachus seal and the protected Eleonora’s falcons and Audouin’s gulls also nest on the coastal rocks. We encounter brushwood along with dense pine tree copses on the east coast of Northern Karpathos, which create the impression of a painter’s dark green brushstroke on the land. We enjoy the rich flora, including a total of 940 plants, 87 of which are indigenous, rare and also endangered. Nowhere else can one find such a vast concentration of unique flora and fauna – all within easy reach on foot.

We have selected the northern part of Karpathos for this reason, being the most mountainous it is the area where the most beautiful hikes with breathtaking landscapes, sea mammals and birds are found.

From our base in the picturesque sea village of Diafani we hike on the most impressive paths of the region. A minivan and small boats enable our short transfers back and forth to our base and as a result there are many opportunities for swimming on our Hiking Trip – The unspoiled Karpathos Island.

Day 1
Arrival in Karpathos
Day 2
Hike to Olympos Village & Profitis Ilias
Day 3
Hike to Papa Minas Beach
Day 4
Hike to Ancient Vroukounda, Avlona, Vananda Bay
Day 5
Hike to Tristomo & Steno
Day 6
Explore uninhabited Saria Island
Day 7
Free Day
Day 8
Departure

Activities / Schedule

Arrival in Karpathos

Upon arrival at Karpathos Airport/Port, transfer to the charming sea-front village of Diafani.

We settle into our rooms and enjoy a welcome dinner.

Hike to Olympos Village & Profitis Ilias

The first hiking day of the Hiking Trip – The unspoiled Karpathos Island we hike to Olympos, the capital of Northern Karpathos and a village of exceptional beauty.

We pass through traditional villages, beautiful green valleys and along cliffs located in lush green areas along the way until we reach the beautiful settlement on the slopes of a mountain.

Houses in Olympos are built amidst a forest and their traditional colours and layout have been preserved. The village itself is indeed a true live museum and has an idyllic atmosphere.

Today, the village has a population of 400 inhabitants, most of whom are engaged in farming and agriculture. Olympos retains its traditional way of life where old-fashioned customs play an important role. Having reached Olympos we continue climbing upwards to the summit of Profitis Ilias at an altitude of 718 metres. Here, we admire magnificent views of the Aegean sea. We then descend back to Olympos where we have time to enjoy some lunch and explore the village.

Depending on how you feel, we can either then hike down to Diafani via Ag.Konstantinos or transport you back to Diafani.

Distance: 9-15 km

Estimated hiking time: 5.5 – 7 hours

Hike to Papa Minas Beach

Today’s hike is a lovely walk up and down some gentle slopes, through pine trees and past olive groves and wheat fields to the pretty bay of Papa Mina with its pebbly beach and shady Tamarisk trees. On this Hiking Tour we have time to enjoy some swimming and snorkelling in this beautiful bay before we return back to Diafani.

Distance: 7.5 km.

Estimated hiking time: 3.5 hours.

Hike to Ancient Vroukounda, Avlona, Vananda Bay

This day of the Hiking Trip – The unspoiled Karpathos Island starts with a short transfer to Avlona from where we hike down to Ancient Vroukounta on a stone path, built in ancient times.

Vroukounta is a mystical area where the ancient city state of Vrykous once stood.

We explore ruins, more than 3500 years old, the Cave Church of St. John and even underwater treasures while snorkelling. We then hike back up to the village of Avlona for a delicious homemade lunch in the one and only taverna in the area – famous throughout Karpathos.

After our lunchbreak, we continue to Vananta on a stone path that gently descends towards this lovely bay. From there, the last part of today’s Hiking Tour takes us along the coast offering incomparable views.

Distance: 14,5 km.

Estimated hiking time: 5.5 hours.

Hike to Tristomo & Steno

Today we again start our hike from Avlona, following a cobbled road until we reach Tristomo, an almost deserted village. This natural harbor, set in a protected bay on the north-west coast, is home to the one last family which refuses to abandon its hometown and spectacular views.

After a picnic lunch, we continue to Ag.Aikaterini and Steno – the spot where we can almost “touch” the nearby island of Saria it seems so close. From here a traditional fishing boat takes us back to Diafani.

Distance: 11 km.

Estimated hiking time: 3.5 hours.

Explore Uninhabited Saria Island

This day takes us on a boat across to Saria Island, where we hike the length of the island ending up at the beach of Palatia, where we enjoy a barbeque lunch and take a boat back to Diafani.

In antiquity, Saria was one of the four cities of Karpathos, until it detached from the island due to erosion, later becoming a base for Saracen pirates.

We can see ancient monuments, ruins and remains of ancient settlements nearly everywhere we look.

According to mythology, the island was created when Poseidon, in a battle with Titan Ephialtes, cut off a piece from the side of Karpathos and buried his opponent under it.

Ruins of the city have sunk into the Strait of Tristomou, between Karpathos and Saria. Indeed signs there indicate the existence of the Apollo Porthmiou sanctuary.

There are traces of human existence here since the Neolithic Age and the early Bronze Age, and remains of fortifications have also been found on the West side of Castello hill dating back to historical times.

In addition, the island is an important natural habitat and breeding ground for birds and marine species. It is important to note that northern Karpathos, Saria, and the area of sea around them, all belong to the European network of protected areas Natura 2000, thanks to the variety of different natural habitats available for the animals that live here as well as the rare plant and animal species that they host.

Distance: 8 km.

Estimated hiking time: 3 hours.

Free Day

Optional hiking, cooking class or just relaxing on the beach!

Departure

Transfer to Karpathos Port/Airport.

Important Info

In a glance

CURRENCY
euro (€)
TIMEZONE
UTC+02:00 (EET)

Highlights

  • Enjoy coastal hikes where the eye meets nothing but the endless blue of the Aegean
  • Explore Olympos, the preserved mountainous village of Northern Karpathos where women still proudly wear colorful handmade costumes
  • Discover Saria, the uninhabited island once home to ancient Karpathians and pirates

Prices - Self Guided

  • 535€ for 6-7 participants
  • 590€ for 4-5 participants
  • 740€ for 2-3 participants

Prices - Fully Guided

  • 1200€ for 6-7 participants
  • 1420€ for 4-5 participants
  • 2060€ for 2-3 participants

General Information

Getting to Karpathos.

Getting to Karpathos is not so easy – this is what part of its beauty and authenticity is attributed to. The easiest way is to fly either from Athens (daily) or from Rhodes with http://www.skyexpress.gr/ or www.aegeanair.com. There is also the option of a 6 hour ferry boat from Rhodes. 

Trekking Hellas offers a variety of activities and tours on Rhodes and the Dodecanese Islands, which can be added to your itinerary which you can customize to maximize your holiday experience with us.  If you enjoy hiking in more remote and authentically Greek islands we highly recommend our Dodecanese Island Hopping Tour or you can try our Sail and Hike in the Dodecanese Islands if you wish to explore the islands from the vantage point of a sailor.

Equipment

Please consider taking along the following items on your trip. This is not a fixed list, but more of a guideline, so feel free to add and remove items as you see fit.
Greece has a temperate climate. Base your clothing on the “layering system”, if it is hot you can “peel off” layers quickly, if it is cooler and windy you can quickly “dress up”.

Luggage

  • Duffel bag or rolling luggage
  • Day pack to carry camera, water bottle and snacks etc.
  • Luggage locks and tags

Outerwear

  • Mid-weight polar fleece sweater
  • Rain jacket and rain pants, or poncho

Clothing

  • Hiking shorts
  • Casual clothing made of light-weight fabrics
  • T-shirts
  • Long-sleeve shirt
  • Hiking pants, loose and easy to move in
  • Underwear
  • Swimsuit

Clothing Accessories

  • Sun hat or baseball cap

Footwear

  • Lightweight and supportive hiking boots, broken-in with good ankle support
  • Beach sandals
  • Casual, comfortable shoes for evening

Accessories

  • Sunscreen and lip protection
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Beach towel

Optional Accessories

  • Security pouch or money belt
  • Trekking poles or walking staff
  • Camera, memory and batteries
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Watch with alarm or travel alarm
  • Travel pillow
  • Motion sickness remedies
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Insect repellent (lowrisk)
  • Electrical adapter plug/converter

The lighter you travel, the easier you travel. Use your best judgment and pack as lightly as possible. You will appreciate light luggage towards the end of your trip.

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Hiking Trip – The unspoiled Karpathos Island

Hiking Trip – The unspoiled Karpathos Island is a unique holiday experience based on the island of Karpathos – the legendary birthplace of Prometheus and the Titans!

Price from €535

DECLARE INTEREST

FAQs

What should I bring with me?

  • What is listed above in Equipment section

What's the meeting point & time?

Meeting Point: Karpathos Airport or Port

Time: TBA

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