Karpathos walking holiday in Greece
Description of Karpathos walking holiday in Greece
This walking holiday in Greece is a tailor made tour on the Dodecanese island of Karpathos, where a long distance walking trail traverses the whole island, which you can cover during ten days starting in the south and ending in the north. This trail also includes the neighbouring island of Saria which, along with Karpathos’ northern region is protected by Natura 2000 Reserve status.
This long distance trail is 85km in length, and you can walk with the help of our local expert guide who is not only a font of knowledge on the island’s landscapes and cultural heritage, but also its wonderful wild flowers and wildlife. The walking terrain varies from sandy beaches, of which we have many, mountains, hillside terraces, as well as through nine traditional villages, all with a wonderful array of food for us to fill up our hiking boots with!
Walking highlights are many, but some particularly memorable ones include conquering Mount Kali Limni, the island’s highest peak at 1215m, cooling off in remote fresh springs, walking to the village of Olympos, the centre of civilisation in Karpathos, exploring the island of Saria, with its abandoned settlement of Argos, and visiting Saria’s Palatia beach pirate hamlet. All while being based at a lovely, locally owned hotel in Pigadia, the capital of Karpathos.
PlanetThe island of Karpathos is situated in the southeast Aegean Sea between Rhodes and Crete. Covering 330 km2 , it is the second largest island of the Dodecanese with the highest mountain top Kali Limni (1215 m).
Crossing Karpathos Island in ten days is an unique opportunity to observe a wide range of ecosystems!
There is great biodiversity in the protected area which is characterised by a variety of rare and endemic plants and animals protected by international agreements and the Greek law. Some typical examples are the Lyciasalamndra helverseni (Lycian Salamander) which is the only endemic Urodela species in Greece, and the frog Pelophylax cerigensis, a local endemic species of Karpathos. Both are considered to be highly threatened with extinction.
Our Guides are very well-educated about Karpathos nature so, they will try to introduce you the place by short presentations every afternoon after ending our hiking. We will discuss together the problem about plastic garbages in the sea and exchange ideas how to find permanent solutions.
On Day 8, after our trekking to Tristomo bay which is a protected area, we will walk around in order to collect some plastics from the shore and we will sent it for recycling.
Nature is our priority and we put all our efforts to keep it in a good condition.
PeopleOn this tour, we will share the benefits of Ecotourism not only in one place or two but in 9 different villages! Almost every night we will stay in a small familly hotels and we will have our dinners in traditional tavernas.
Every village we will go, it has its own history, tradition, costums and foods but all of them they have something important in common, the Greek Hospitality! You will have the chance to speak with local people and discuss with them the life condition on the Island. Also, we will meet Thanasis a local wine producer and he will show us the proccess of making wine and raki.
After that, he prepare for us some delicious mezedes (a selection of small dishes served to accompany wine and raki) to taste the wine!
Going to the North, we will meet Evgenia, a local shepherd, and she will show us how she produce cheese and other dairy products. Of course, we will eat some of them!
Also, we will meet Marina who has a restaurant and she use only organic vegetables from her garden in Avlona settlement.
Anna and Nikos who have a shop with beautiful handmade souvenirs by wood and seashell!
Roula has a vineyard and we always go there to taste the best wine and raki!
Evangelia who is a passionate guide and she always gives her best to reveal the real Karpathos to her guests!
Minas who is a flora expert guide full of knowledge and wisdom, he knows everything not only about the enviroment but also about the history of the place and it is plaesure to hear old stories and jokes from him!
The eco-tour of Crossing Karpathos Island is one of the best practice of Ecotourism because we spread the benefits around the Island and support local people specially those who stay during the winter.
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