And we made it to Friday guys! I hope you all had a great week. I’m currently laying low in Dallas this weekend, but wishing I was back on the beach of this amazing island!
The flight into Karpathos was super bumpy. The airline didn’t have true AC and neither did the airports, so traveling here wasn’t too fun, but oh was it worth it. We got here on Friday mid day and left Sunday night. I could have stayed for another few days. We cut our trip to Karpathos short because we had to head back to the states, but the rest of my relatives actually stayed for the rest of the week.
Because we were only there for such a short time, we were only able to go to two beaches, the downtown area, and out one night to the bars.
We stayed at the Konstantinos Palace. There were pros and cons to this place. Cons – the beds were hard, the AC was just air blowing, and they made you put down a 10 Euro deposit on beach towels. Pros – It was a beautiful, new, hotel with an amazing pool, had a rooftop pool + bar that overlooked the bay, spacious balconies, and had a super nice, calm beach out front. After meeting some relatives here, we heard that this hotel and Alimounda Mare were both pretty popular on the island!
The first full day we were there we went to our relatives favorite beach – Kyra Panagia. It was a trek getting there, but the views from the mountain, and on the beach were irreplaceable. The water was unbelievably clear, there were steps up to a church overlook, restaurants to eat at, and rocks to jump off into the water.
While we were here, Antoni’s dad saw that his friend had just pulled into the beach on his boat. After yelling across the water in Greek, his friend drove off. An hour later, his friend arrived, and swam in with a bag of fish that he had just caught for our lunch – how crazy is that?! The freshest fish I’ve ever eaten – and some of the most delicious I would say.
After a long lunch and day at the beach, our new friends invited us on the boat. I swam through the ocean out to their boat and they took us on a tour of the island back to our hotel. On the way back we stopped at Achata Beach for a swim. Once we got back, our new friends were kind enough to give us a ride back to our hotel! We were so stuffed, we decided to just grab dessert with family downtown that night. After dessert, Antoni’s cousin asked me to stay out with her. They took me out to a few local bars, told me which songs were the hits of the summer, I made some local friends, then his cousin got me a cab home! It was seriously a day I’ll never forget.
If you’re in Karpathos and are looking for shops, be sure to head to their downtown area in the bay for any sort of shopping – from spices to souvenirs to clothes!
The next day, I was so sunburnt, so we stayed near the hotel.(shout out to Yaya in the hotel gift store for rubbing Aloe Vera on my back, haha!) The hotel had a super nice sand beach right out front, so we rented beach chairs, got our float, and laid out in the water for hours until we headed to lunch. After lunch, it was time for my parents and me to head to the airport to start our journey home.
If we were to have stayed another day, I would have loved to visit Apella Beach. This beach is consistently named one of the nicest beaches in the Mediterranean!
To get home, we took a 10 PM plane ride from Karpathos to Athens. If you ever fly out of Karpathos, do not arrive 1.5 hours early like we did. We literally arrived with the gate agents opening the airport! No one else showed up until about 20 minutes before the flight and there was never a line for security. We stayed the night in Athens, then got up early to fly back to the U.S.
Greece was a trip I’ll never forget and I can’t wait to go back! The next stops on my list in Greece are Santorini and Mykonos!
P.S. What did you guys think of my trip to Greece? If you have any questions at all or want recommendations for your trip, comment below!