Karpathos is known as a perfect destination for hiking and nothing is less true! Especially in the months April, May and October it is nice to hike. The temperature is more pleasant and it is nice and quiet on the island.
On Karpathos, Art&Walk offers hikes. This year, we went along for the first time. The hikes by Renate and Thom are a great way to get to know Karpathos better. You see the island very differently than when you drive around by car.
About Art&Walk Karpathos
After 10 years on Karpathos, Reiny decided to say goodbye to her company Art&Walk. Fortunately, the company was not lost and was taken over this year by Renate & Thom. They are going to continue the company and make it even more beautiful!
Art&Walk once started as a club for children to do crafts, now it is much more than that! At this moment they offer 9 different hikes. From walks through the villages, the valley of Pigadia to the mountains. The levels differ per walk, so there is something for everyone.
Apart from the hikes, you can also try your hand at art. They have workshops with paint and mosaic in their beautiful garden. They also do daytrips to the neighbouring island of Kassos. Of course Renate and Thom will accompany you and tell you everything about this neighbouring island of Karpathos.
Hiking on Karpathos: The Valley walk by Art&Walk
It was the most sporty holiday ever for us! We went climbing, mountain biking and climbed Kali Limni. Time for a relaxing walk through one of the valleys of Karpathos with Art&walk. This walk is about 7 km, but easy to do, because it is nice and flat.
Normally, the hike is in English. Today, however, the whole group was Dutch, so Renate could chat in Dutch.
We started the hike at Auto Tour on the busy main road in Pigadia. After less than 5 minutes walking, the noise of Pigadia is already gone. Renate tells us briefly about the hike, before we start.
It is nice that everyone can walk at his or her own pace and take pictures. The group waits and we stop regularly for a piece of storytelling by Renate. The olive trees and the postman’s van are among the items on the agenda. We also walk along the new water reservoir of Karpathos.
The village of Menetes & raki
After a beautiful stretch through the valley, we arrive at a chapel that officially belongs to the village of Menetes. Renate tells us where the name of the village Menetes comes from. We can also enter the chapel to light incense. Outside on the square of the chapel, it is time for a break. We drink fresh tea with herbs from the valley of Karpathos.
After a cup of tea, it is time to walk back in the direction of Pigadia. We walk a bit through the dry riverbed and then we stop at a beautiful, big olive tree. Can you climb a bit? Then you can go up to see a cave and an old tomb. From here you also have a nice view on Pigadia and the sea.
Downstairs, Renate explains the difference between raki and ouzo. A shot of raki is a must, of course! We continue our way to the house of Renate & Thom to sit in their garden for a while. The mosaic workshops are also held here. Thom is already waiting for us and together we drink a cup of coffee and chat for a while.