Renting a quad on Karpathos is great fun! Keep in mind that quad biking is 'heavy'. It takes much more strength and concentration than driving a car. After a day of quad biking, you are quickly demolished. We therefore recommend renting a quad for one or two days. Do you still want to go out for the rest of the days? Then it is better to rent a car for those other days.
Where and what does renting a quad on Karpathos cost?
We usually rent a quad on Karpathos once per holiday. We always have a car, but just like to cross the whole island for a day. Nice to go on the unpaved roads and see even more of the island. We always rent the quad at MotoCarkapthos and that is always well arranged. You can also rent one from Euromoto , we also hear many positive stories about that.
The costs for a quad vary per period. Take into account an amount between € 30 and € 50 per day, which of course also includes your petrol.
Stop along the way
On Karpathos there are many small unpaved coves in the road, especially between Afiartis and Amoopi. Here you can stop to take pictures of the view. What you really have to watch out for is the wind. When the wind is blowing it is better not to do this. The hard winds from the mountains can suddenly give a jerk and that is dangerous at such a point along the road.
Refueling is not possible in many places on Karpathos. In Pigadia you will find 3 tanstations. Two at the end of Pigadia (on the way to Aperi) and one at the beginning of the city (from Amoopi). You can also refuel in Arkassa. You will find this gas station – seen from Afiartis – before you enter Arkassa. By the way, you do not refuel yourself, your quad is neatly refueled by the pump attendant. The costs for petrol are usually around €2.20 (2023).
In July and August it is wise to provide extra petrol in the quad or to refuel if possible. It can sometimes happen that the boat with petrol does not arrive and you have to wait a few days. Fortunately, in some cases you can also go to the rental company for some extra petrol in case of an emergency.
They do not know parking costs on Karpathos. So luckily that saves you a lot of money. Fixed parking spaces (with lines) are not self-evident on Karpathos. In the villages you will usually find fixed parking spaces, but at beaches you will generally just park along the road. Keep in mind that – especially in high season – beaches such as Apella and Kyra Panagia are very busy. So go out early to score a (normal) spot for your quad. It is also useful to know that vehicles in the capital of Karpathos, Pigadia, are no longer allowed on the boulevard / harbor after 7 p.m. This is also indicated at the beginning of the boulevard/harbour on a sign and after 7 p.m. there is also a fence here.
Don't forget to take a large stone with you in the quad's box. With a quad you can't park properly at an angle without it driving away, because they don't have a handbrake. With a stone behind your wee you prevent it from moving!
In principle, a navigation on Karpathos is not necessary. The island is small and there is really only one main road across the island. You can't get lost ;). A map (or via Google Maps) is useful to know where the villages are approximately.
Driving at night
I would try to avoid driving a quad in the evening. It is very dark on Karpathos, in many places there are no guardrails and there are no lampposts (only cat's eyes between Arkassa and Afiartis on the road surface).
On Karpathos, most tourists drive a car at about 50 to 60 km per hour. The Greeks a lot harder ;). With a quad it is often not possible to tap that speed. Take it easy and see what you like. Braking is especially necessary in bends, because a quad is much less manoeuvrable than a car, really watch out! Do you find it annoying when there are cars driving behind you that want to go faster? Put your quad aside for a while or see if they can overtake you. We always do! This way they can drive on and you can also continue without stress and most importantly, enjoy the tour.
A fun route with a quad on Karpathos
A nice route that Vincent and I drove last year started in Pigadia at the rental company. We then went to Ahata, Kyra Panagia and Apella to take a short dip. Then we drove through the mountains via Spoa to the other side of Karpathos: Messochori. From there you can drive back to Pigadia via Lefkos and Arkassa. A long route, but a lot of fun. Especially when you go to Karpathos for the first time you have been able to get a good impression of the island via this route!
Rent a scooter on Karpathos
In addition to renting a car or quad on Karpathos, you can also opt for a scooter. You can also rent these at one of the above locations.
With a scooter you are of course nice and fast and you can park more easily. Driving a scooter with 30+ degrees is the ultimate summer feeling anyway, I always love that in the Netherlands!
However, there is a major disadvantage to renting a scooter. Opinions are divided on this. We certainly don't like it, but that also has to do with the place where we live. It is very windy with us ;-). Now it is not too bad if you drive from Pigadia to the North, because it is generally not really windy here. If you go towards Afiartis and Arkassa then you can unfortunately have to deal with quite strong winds and this is really not nice on a scooter! It is of course what you want, but we do not recommend a scooter.
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For some time now we have been looking for a place to rent, but also for ourselves on one of the Greek islands.
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