I left Rhodes old airport ‘Maritsa’ with an Olympic Airways flight to Karphatos (small airport 1975). I was meet by my charming and welcoming host family. I cannot remember their name, but the male person owned a local Pharmacy in Pigadia. I stayed for 3 days in Pigadia (Karpathos town capital and main port of the island) During these 3 days I tried to explore as much as I could of the Island with help from my host. I remember I could not cross the island by car, there were no good and or safe roads, only a “donkey track” to the well-known mountain village Olympos in the north of the island.
Karpathos Island in Brief
The most southern island of the Dodecanese islands and the second largest. The coasts are 160 Km long. Karpathos is a mountainous island, the two highest peaks being Kalolimus (1,220m) and Profitis Ilias (1,140m). The Lastou plateau divides the island into two parts. The southern areas are characterized by small yet fertile plains, while the mountains are covered with pine-forests with many water springs. Myrtles, sage plants and thyme cover the Karpathian mountain-slopes, while the southern part of the island is full of lemon, orange, and mandarin trees. North of Karpathos lies the islet of Saria Daily boat tours from Karpathos.
Karpathos town (alias Pigadia) is the capital and the main port of the island, with a population of around 2,700. Picturesque harbour and on the left-hand side of the port’s entrance stands the rock with the ruins of the ancient Acropoles. A long sandy beach runs north of Pigadia/Karpathos.
Aperi village is situated at an altitude of 320 meters, on the slopes of Mount Hamali. Aperi was once was the old capital of Karpathos, now the home-base for the Archbishop of Karpathos and Kassos. Aperi was/is one of the richest villages in Greece as I was told during my brief visit that many locals emigrated to the USA and later returned to their village, bringing their wealth back with them.