Karpathos is known as a perfect destination for hiking and nothing could be further from the truth! Especially in the months of April, May and October it is nice to walk. The temperature is then more pleasant and it is nice and quiet on the island.
On Karpathos , Art&Walk offers walks. We also went this year for the first time. The walks of Renate and Thom are a nice 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 of Karpathos, Reiny decided to say goodbye to her company Art&Walk. Fortunately, the company was not lost and was taken over by Renate & Thom this year. They are going to continue the company and participate in even more beautiful things!
Art&Walk once started as a club for children to do crafts, now it is much more than that! At the moment they offer 9 different walks . From walks through the villages, the valley of Pigadia to the mountains. The levels differ per walk, so there is something for everyone.
In addition to the walks, you can also get started with art. They have workshops with paint and mosaic in their beautiful garden. They also do day tours to the neighboring island of Kassos. Renate and Thom will of course go with you and tell you everything about this neighboring island of Karpathos.
Walking on Karpathos: The Valley walk from Art&Walk
It was the most sporty holiday ever for us! We are essentially climbing, mountain biking and have climbed the Kali Limni. Time for a relaxed walk through one of the valleys of Karpathos with Art&walk. This walk is about 7km, but is easy to do, because it is nice and flat.
Normally the walk is in English. Today, however, the whole group was Dutch and Renate was able to chat in Dutch.
We started the walk at Auto Tour on the busy main road in Pigadia. After less than 5 minutes of walking, the noise of Pigadia can no longer be heard. Renate briefly tells us about the walk before we start.
It is nice that everyone can walk at his or her pace and take photos. The group is waiting for itself and we regularly stop for a piece of storytelling by Renate. The olive trees and the bus of the postman are discussed. 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 river bed and then we stop at a beautiful, large olive tree. Can you climb a bit? Then you can go up to see a cave and an ancient tomb. From here you also have a nice view of Pigadia and the sea.
Below, Renate explains the difference between raki and ouzo. A shot of raki can not be missed! We continue the road to the house of Renate & Thom to sit in their garden. 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.