The second largest of the Dodecanese islands in the southeast Aegean Sea, Karpathos is known for its exceptional natural beauty, and the local people’s spirited devotion to traditions, values, dialect, folklore, and customs. The genuine passion exuded by Karpathians can be attributed to the island’s wonderful attributes and relative distance from mainland Greece. Near or far, Karpathians keep this island dear in their hearts.
Characterized by gorgeous beaches and well-kept rich traditions, the island of Karpathos is home to some 6,000 permanent inhabitants and hosts about 20,000 people daily during the summertime season.
In Ancient and Medieval times, Karpathos was well-connected to Rhodes, the romantic island of knights and pirates. Under Roman, Genoese, Venetian, and Ottoman control over the years, Karpathos took part in the 1821 Greek Revolution and formally joined Greece in 1948.
Below are a selection of fan submitted photos from our Greek Island photo contest. Read through Part II, Part III & Part IV to learn more about this destination and see the beautiful sights captured through the lenses of visitors from around the world. Enjoy!