Karpathos tour: fit for gods

Karpathos, Greece

Clio Muse

Stops

5

Stories

20

Distance

61km

Duration

10min

Audio

No

Description

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.

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By clicking "Add to cart", you are purchasing this tour in English. This tour is also available in the following languages: Ελληνικά, Italiano.

Highlights

  • Island explorer

    1. Island explorer

    The main town and the villages of Karpathos offer many surprises as you try to discover a past still very much alive in the local traditions, the old houses, and the voices of the elderly women.
  • A land where first-borns rule

    2. A land where first-borns rule

    On the slopes of Mount Olympos (the second of his name) time seems to stand still and life preserves its traditional rhythms nested in an unforgettable landscape.
  • An isolated paradise

    3. An isolated paradise

    Northern Karpathos is nature-lover’s paradise, as it lies on the migratory path of birds escaping the winter in northern Europe. Many rare species of birds, plants, and mammals populate the local slopes and coves.

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Details

Address Port Karpathos
Starting point Limenarchio Karpathou, Karpathos
Finishing point Tristomo, Karpathos
Areas Pigadia, Lakki, Olympos, Tristomo
Opening hours Free and accessible throughout the year.

Why take a self-guided tour?

This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.

You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.

After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.