Start here with your holidays to Karpathos

In this starters guide you will find all the information you need to start planning your holidays to Karpathos. From booking your holiday to renting a car, practical information and the best hotspots of Karpathos. Enjoy!

My first holidays to Karpathos

My very first holiday to Karpathos was in 2004. I was 9 years old at the time and together with my parents we went for 2 weeks and stayed in Kyra Panagia. That holiday my parents bought a holiday home on the island and I haven’t skipped a year since.

Vincent went for the first time in 2011 and in 2017 we too bought a house on the island.

WE LOVE KARPATHOS and this is a place we would like to share with you. On this page you will find all the information you need to plan your holiday to Karpathos and to get some tips for when you are at your destination.

* This page will be updated regularly*.


About this Greek Island

Karpathos is a relatively undiscovered island in the Dodecanese. You will find the island between the larger islands of Crete and Rhodes. The island has mainly mountains and is therefore popular with hikers. But Karpathos is also the place to be for its beautiful beaches and cosy tavernas.

The first direct flights to Karpathos start at the end of April and the last flights leave at the end of September or the beginning of October.

A holiday to Karpathos is perfect if you are looking for a real Greek island without all-inclusive hotels and lots of nightlife. And when you like a combi beach/active.

Buy your travel guide to Karpathos!

Are you going on holidays to Karpathos soon and do you want to know which highlights you shouldn’t miss? Then our e-book is exactly what you’re looking for!

Our digital travel guide contains 80 pages of information, tips, hotspots, beaches and restaurants you shouldn’t miss. So you can be sure of a fantastic holiday on Karpathos!

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Book your holidays to Karpathos

Below you will find an overview of tour operators and organizations that offer packages, flight tickets and/or accommodation on Karpathos. Some of the links below are affiliate links. This means that you pay the normal price and I get a small % from the company. This way I can finance The Karpathos guide again πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot!

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Transportation on Karpathos

Although there are buses on Karpathos between certain points, the public transport is absolutely not what we are used to. Besides, we think that Karpathos has so much beauty to offer that it is a shame not to arrange your own transport. The best thing to do is to rent a car, but there are also quads and scooters for hire on the island.

Food and drinks

We love the fact that Karpathos is not a paradise for all-inclusive hotels, because the island has so many great tarverns to offer!

Guided tours with Art&Walk

Art and Walk is the company on Karpathos that does hikings, mosaic workshops and day trips to Kasos. The company is run by a fantastic couple: Renate (Dutch) and Thom (Swedish). Do you want to do something active? Then you’ve come to the right place!

Karpathos activities and hotspots

This Greek island is known for its beautiful beaches, but walking is also very popular on Karpathos. Besides that, you have of course boat trips that you can do to beaches or neighbouring island Saria or Kassos. And don’t forget the nice villages in the mountains πŸ˜‰

Did you know that Karpathos is one of the world’s best hotspots when it comes to windsurfing!

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