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Karpathos Gulet Charter Guide

Karpathos Island is to be found in the southernmost part of the Dodecanese Group between Crete and Rhodes, and it is the second largest island in the group. It is basically a mountainous island (its highest peak is Kali Limni at 1,214 m. above sea level), blessed with flowing waters, pinetree forests, vineyards, olive groves, and orchards. Its rocky caves are home to Monachus monachus, the Mediterannean monk seal. A kind of rare amphibian species that can be found only on Karpathos and Kastelorizo is mertensiella luscani.

The titan Iapetus, son of Uranus and Gaia, is the mythical first inhabitant of Karpathos. The island was first populated in neolithic times. During Homer’s time, Karpathos was also known as Anemoessa [she of the many winds]. Its history is connected to that of Rhodes and the other Dodecanese islands. The ruling Franks, Turks and Italians shaped the island’s fate. Area: 301 sq. km; coastline: 160 km; population: 6,500.

Pigadia is the capital and port of the island with a population of 2,100. It was named after the considerable number of wells that used to exist in the area. It is a relatively new town, built in the SE part of the island, on the location of Poseidio (or Potidaio), the island’s ancient port.

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