Karpathos Hiking! A unique journey in the legendary birthplace of Prometheus and the Titans!
Karpathos is the second largest of the Greek Dodecanese Islands. Located in the southeastern Aegean Sea it is one of the least commercialized places in Greece. Remote and protected by the modern world, it has preserved many peculiarities of dress, customs and dialect. Legend has it that Prometheus and his Titans were born here. With its cloud-wrapped villages and rugged beauty Karpathos is undeniably unique.
On our Karpathos Hiking tour, we will hike on the steep cliffs and rocky coasts in this rugged and impressive scenery. Unspoiled and tranquil it creates a safe haven for a wide variety of animals. The coastal rocky caves are home of the Mediterranean Monachus-monachus seal. The protected Eleonora’s falcons and Audouin’s gulls also nest on the coastal rocks. We will encounter brushwood along with the dense pine tree copses on the east coast of Northern Karpathos, that create a dark green brushstroke on the land. We will enjoy the rich flora, that includes a total of 940 plants, 87 of which are indigenous, rare and endangered.
We have selected the northern part of Karpathos. The most mountainous, where the most beautiful hikes with breathtaking landscapes, sea mammals and birds are found.
Based in the picturesque sea village of Diafani we will hike on the most impressive paths of the region. The short transfers back to our base by minivan or a small boat and there will offer many opportunities for swimming.
Access. Getting to Karpathos is not so easy – this is where 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/. There is a 6 hour ferry connection from Rhodes also.
Trekking Hellas offers a variety of activities and tours in Rhodes and the Dodecanese Islands, which can be added to your itinerary which is totally customizable. If you enjoy hiking in less discovered and more authentic 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 islets through the eyes of a sailor.
Period of Operation: April to October
Self Guided Mode:
- 520€ for 6-7 participants
- 540€ for 4-5 participants
- 590€ for 2-3 participants
Fully Guided Mode:
- 670€ for 6-7 participants
- 740€ for 4-5 participants
- 1050€ for 2-3 participants
- This trip Level is moderate with an average between 4-6 hours hiking daily.
- 8 days / 7 nights’ accommodation in double room with breakfast at http://www.dorana.gr/index.php/en/
- 5 days of hiking with English Speaking Trekking Hellas Greek Guide with all transfers (mini van and boat included).
- Meal Plan Full Board starting from dinner on day 1 to dinner on day 7.
- Karpathos Port / airport transfer to hotel and hotel to airport / port of Karpathos.
SELF GUIDED MODE
- 8 days/7 nights accommodation in double room with breakfast at http://www.dorana.gr/index.php/en/
- 5 days of hiking with detailed instructions, Gps routes
- Folded Map of Karpathos
- All transfers (mini van and boat included)
- Karpathos Port/ airport transfer to hotel and hotel to airport/port of Karpathos
- Arrival / departure flight to Karpathos.
- Drinks during meals.
Upon arrival to Karpathos airport, transfer to the charming sea front village of Diafani.
We settle to our rooms and enjoy a welcome dinner.
Olympos is a village of exceptional beauty, and the capital of northern Karpathos.
We cross traditional villages, beautiful green valleys and verdant cliffs until we reach the beautiful settlement on the slopes of a mountain.
Houses in Olympos are built amidst lush green forests and preserve their traditional colour and layout. The village itself is a live museum with an idyllic atmosphere.
Today, the village has a population of 400 inhabitants most of whom are engaged in farming and agriculture. Olympos retains an old fashioned way of life where primitive customs play an important role. Having reached Olympos we climb to Profitis Ilias peak at an altitude of 718 metres, to admire the magnificent view of the Aegean sea. We then descend to Olympos where we have time to enjoy our lunch and explore the village.
Depending on our will, we can either hike down to Diafani via Ag.Konstantinos or transfer back to Diafani.
Distance: 8 -10 km.
Estimated hiking time: 5,5 – 7 hours.
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 pebble beach and shady Tamarisk trees. We have time to enjoy swimming and snorkelling in this beautiful bay before we return back to Diafani.
Distance: 7,5 km.
Estimated hiking time: 3,5 hours.
Short transfer to Avlona from where we hike on a stone path built in ancient times, descending to Ancient Vroukounta.
Vroukounta is a mystical area where once stood the ancient city state of Vrykous.
We discover ruins of more than 3500 years old, the Church cave of St. John and underwater treasures while snorkelling. We then hike up and back to the village of Avlona for a delicious homemade lunch to the one and only tavern in the area – famous all over Karpathos.
After a while we descend to Vananta by a stone path that goes easily towards this lovely bay. From there, the last part of the hike is situated just on the coast offering incomparable views.
Distance: 10 km.
Estimated hiking time: 5,5 hours.
Again from Avlona, following a cobbled road we reach Tristomo an almost deserted village – where one last family refuses to abandon its hometown – and a natural harbor set in a protected bay on the north-west coast with spectacular views.
After our picnic lunch we continue to Ag.Aikaterini and Steno – the spot where we can almost “touch” the nearby island of Saria. A traditional fishing boat takes us back to Diafani.
Distance: 8,4 km.
Estimated hiking time: 3,5 hours.
With a boat we cross to Saria Island, where we make a traverse hike of the island ending at the beach of Palatia where we enjoy a barbeque lunch and take the boat back to Diafani.
In antiquity Saria used to be one of the four cities of Karpathos, until it detached from it through erosion, becoming in later times a base for Saracen pirates.
We can see ancient monuments, ruins and remains of ancient settlements nearly everywhere.
According to mythology, the island was created when Poseidon in a battle with Titan Ephialtes, he cut off a piece from Karpathos side and buried under this opponent.
Ruins of the city are sunken in the Strait of Tristomou, between Karpathos and Saria. Signs indicate the existence of Apollo Porthmiou sanctuary.
There are traces of human presence since the Neolithic Age and the early Bronze Age, and since historical times have been found remains of fortifications on the West side of Castello hill.
Furthermore, the island is an important habitat and breeding site for birds and marine species. Note that the northern Karpathos, Saria, and the sea area around them, belongs to the European network of protected areas Natura 2000, thanks to the variety of habitats available and rare plant and animal species that host.
Distance: 8 km.
Estimated hiking time: 3 hours.
(Optional hiking or cooking class, etc).
Transfer to Karpathos Airport.