Karpathos

Periphery: South Aegean
Prefecture : Dodecanese

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Karpathos (Greek Κάρπαθος, Italian Scarpanto, Latin Carpathus) is the second largest of the Greek Dodecanese islands, in southeast Aegean sea.

Small Church Dafni bay (Photo Robert Dycke)

Geography

The island is located about 30 miles south-west of Rhodes, in that part of the Mediterranean which was called, after it, the "Carpathian Sea" (Carpathium Mare).

Amopi Bay c. 5km from Karpathos city [Source]

Lefkos (Source)

Its main town is Karpathos City, also known as Pigadia, which holds the island's largest port. The island has many villages, some of which are Aperi, Menetes, Arkasa, Othos, Volada, Pyles, Spoa, Mesohori, Diafani and Olympos. Olympos is especially known to visitors as it is the only place in Greece where people still wear traditional clothing.

Population

The latest estimate of the island's permanent population is around 6000 people. This number more than doubles in the summer months as many Karpathian immigrants with their families return to the island for their vacation. Also, taking into consideration the number of tourists that visit, there can be up to 20,000 people on the island during the peak summer months.

Ólympos Village , Karpathos (Source)

History

It was both in ancient and medieval times closely connected with Rhodes; it was held by noble families under Venetian suzerainty, notably the Cornari from 1306 to 1540, when it finally passed into the possession of the Turks. From its remote position Carpathus has preserved many peculiarities of dress, customs and dialect, the last resembling those of Crete and Cyprus.

Karpathos , Photo: M.Minderhoud, 1997 (Source)

Division of the municipality of Karpathos with a population 5750 in 2001

  • Karpathos / T.δ. Καρπάθου -- η Κάρπαθος [ 2.077 ]
  • Aperion / T.δ. Απερίου [ 469 ]
    • Aperion / το Απέριον [ 463 ]
    • Katodio / το Κατώδιο [ 4 ]
    • Kyra Panagia / η Κυρά Παναγιά [ 0 ]
    • Myrtonas / ο Μυρτώνας [ 2 ]
  • Arkasa / T.δ. Αρκάσας [ 499 ]
    • Arkasa / η Αρκάσα [ 473 ]
    • Foinikion / το Φοινίκιον [ 26 ]
  • Volada / T.δ. Βωλάδας [ 415 ]
    • Volada / η Βωλάδα [ 403 ]
    • Lastos / η Λάστος [ 12 ]
  • Menetes / T.δ. Μενετών [ 723 ]
    • Menetes / οι Μενετές [ 475 ]
    • Agios Ioannis Afiarti / ο Άγιος Ιωάννης Αφιάρτη [ 51 ]
    • Kipos Afiarti / ο Κήπος Αφιάρτη [ 120 ]
    • Lakki / το Λακκί [ 77 ]
  • Mesochorion / T.δ. Μεσοχωρίου [ 434 ]
    • Mesochorion / το Μεσοχώριον [ 325 ]
    • Kato Lefkos / ο Κάτω Λευκός [ 81 ]
    • Lefkos / ο Λευκός [ 28 ]
  • Othos / T.δ. Όθους [ 385 ]
    • Othos / το Όθος [ 375 ]
    • Stes / οι Στες [ 10 ]
  • Pyles / T.δ. Πυλών -- οι Πυλές [ 407 ]
  • Spoa / T.δ. Σπόων [ 341 ]
    • Spoa / τα Σπόα [ 282 ]
    • Agios Nikolaos / ο Άγιος Νικόλαος [ 59 ]

The Dodecanese Islands

Agathonissi | Koubelonisi | Stroggyli | Farmakonisi | Arkoi | Kalovolos | Agreloussa | Anydros Patmou | Patmos | Hiliomodi Patmou | Tragonisi | Arefoussa | Leipsoi | Megalo Aspronisi Leipson | Makry Aspronisi Leipson | Kouloura Leipson | Makronisi Leipson | Halavra | Imia | Fragos | Arhangelos | Faradonesia | Leros | Piganoussa | Pitta | Megalo Glaronisi | Mikro Glaronisi | Kalymnos | Kalolimnos | Kalavros Kalymnou | Telendos | Nero | Safonidi | Plati Pserimou | Pserimos | Levitha | Mavra Levithas | Glaros Kinarou | Kinaros | Kos | Gyali | Nisyros | Pergoussa | Paheia Nisyrou | Kandeloussa | Tilos | Antitilos | Gaidourosnissi Tilou | Seirina | Mesonisi Seirinas | Adelfoi Syrnas Islets | Kounoupoi | Koutsomytis | Hondro | Astypalaia | Fokionissia | Pontikoussa | Symi | Nimos | Marmaras | Kouloundros | Plati Symis | Sesklio | Chalki | Agioi Theodoroi Halkis | Alimia | Makry Halkis | Prasouda | Rhodos | Strogulli Kritinias | Htenies | Karavolas Rodhou | Prasonissi Rodhou | Megalo Sofrano | Mikro Sofrano | Astakida | Kamilonisi | Saria | Karpathos | Kasos | Armathia | Makronissi Kassou | Rho | Kastellorizo (Megisti) | Stroggyli Kastellorizou

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