Until the ’80s visiting Northern Karpathos was extremely difficult, since the road connecting the northern with the southern parts of the island was nearly inaccessible and the ferry connections unreliable.
The improvement of the road networks and the construction of the port in Diafani,
by the end of the ’80s, have led to a substantial increase in tourism, thus promoting the construction of hotels and rooms to let in the Northern parts of the island.Today Northern Karpathos possesses all necessary infrastructure and hospitable accommodation, built in accordance to the traditional character of the area.
The pristine natural environment, the traditional settlements, the important archeological sites, the numerous chapels and the exceptional beaches provide a unique advantage to Northern Karpathos for alternative and sustainable tourism, focusing in cultural, historical and natural interests.
However, the most effective way to know the area is by trekking.
Indeed Northern Karpathos has a particularly well developed network of trekking pathways and routes, thus assisting its visitors to reach all notable landmarks and sites. Of greater interest for the visitors of the area are the old stone paths (kalnterimia), which are still being used and maintained.
Network of Trekking
Some of the recommended trekking paths of the area are:
1. Spoa – Olympos (path, 16 kilometers)
2. Olympos – Pei – Olympos (path, 13 kilometers)
3. Olympos – Forokli beach (path, 5,1 kilometers)
4. Olympos – Diafani (path, 5,1 kilometers)
5. Olympos – Avlona (path, 4,7 kilometers)
6. Olympos – Profitis Ilias peak – Olympos (path, 5,4 kilometers)
7. Olympos – Agios Konstantinos ridge – Diafani (path, dirt road, 7 kilometers)
8. Avlona – Tristomo bay (path, 8,4 kilometers)
9. Avlona – Ancient Vroukounta (path, 4,2 kilometers)
10. Avlona – Vanada beach – Diafani (path, 6 kilometers)
11. Diafani – Saria strait – Tristomo bay (path, dirt road, 13 kilometers)
12. Crossing of Saria island (path, 8 kilometers)