Karpathos: Fit for Gods Tour is a fascinating self-guided audio tour in Karpathos. Discover credible and original stories about this gifted island, once believed to be gods’ residence, written by top local professionals after extended research. Take your tour now and enjoy it instantly on your smartphone device.
The tour explores the natural wonders and rich folklore traditions of an island long considered fit to be the abode of gods. The locals loved their island so much that they stole the gods from Mount Olympus and brought them here. The gods may no longer roam the countryside but the island retains its spectacular wild side and a treasure trove of traditions unique in the Mediterranean. This tour invites you to walk, sail, and drive the breadth and length of Karpathos in search of a unique experience.
First stop: Pigadia. This is the capital and main port of the island and the ideal place for an introduction to the rich folklore traditions of the islanders. You will learn about the use of manure on the floor of traditional houses and the significance of the number “seven” in the lives of newborn children. A few miles to the south is the famous beach of Amoopi, combining the azure waters of the Aegean Sea with a welcoming assortment of taverns, where you can restore body and spirit over traditional Karpathian fare.
Next comes Olympos. Not the famous mountain where the twelve gods enjoyed a life of leisure and pleasure but the quintessential village of Karpathos, a place where time seems to stand still and centuries-old traditions give meaning to local life. This is a community where women rule and cursing is a fine method to get some payback, achieve justice and address wrongs. Do not be surprised if you hear someone invoking both God and Devil to assist them.
The tour comes to an end at the rugged, arid, and totally enchanting Tristomo at the north coast, a haven for the varied and rare wildlife of Karpathos. This is a place best enjoyed on foot, so bring your hiking boots and a pair of glasses and try to find the rarest species of seagull, the rarest species of seal, and a falcon made famous by a 14th-century female judge in Sardinia.
Limenarchio Karpathou, Karpathos
Pigadia, Lakki, Olympos, Tristomo
Free and accessible throughout the year.
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