The most famous village in Karpathos island, with great history and amazing panoramic views.
Olympos is located in the North of Karpathos, build on a mountain ridge. The village was not accessible by car until recently, but today Olympos is connected by asphalt road to the south. For centuries the one and only connection with the outside world, and with the other villages of Karpathos was the port of Diafani.
The locals are very proud of their traditions, the women in Olympos wear traditional costumes every day. There are two types of these clothes: one is for weekdays - a black colored apron and a simple scarf around the head-. If they are celebrating, the women in Olympos wear colorful clothes and a double row of gold jewels.
Because of its traditions, people say that Olympos is a living folklore museum, with idyllic atmosphere.
SARIA: A small paradise north of Karpathos
According to mythology, the island was created when Poseidon in titanic battle as he struggled with Titan Ephialtes, he cut off a piece from Karpathos side and buried under this opponent.
Ruins of the city are sunken in the Strait of Tristomou, between Karpathos and Saria. Signs indicate the existence of Apollo Porthmiou sanctuary. There are traces of human presence since the Neolithic Age and the early Bronze Age, and since historical times have been found remains of fortifications on the west side of Castello hill. Remains of settlements are in Argos (north) and Palaces (east), where excavations have revealed several findings. Palaces have beautiful beach with a few trees.
Furthermore, the island is an important habitat and breeding site for birds and marine organisms. Note that the northern Karpathos, Saria, and the sea area around them, belong to the European network of protected areas Natura 2000, thanks to the variety of habitats available and rare plant and animal species that host.
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