Posted on 21 January 2012 by Basil Boziotis
The Village of Olympos located on the Island of Karpathos is one of the few places left on this planet that gives one a sense that they have traveled back in Time where many of the women still sport the traditional garb of generations long gone. The first inhabitants that settled in Olympos, were 70 families who came from the ancient city of Vrykous, today called Vroukounda at around the 6th Century A.D., a period where the island experienced many raids from Arabs and pirates alike. They built a castle for protection and formed their own community which thrives to this day. Later generations used the stone from the castle to create the homes that today is Olympos.
Today there are no large hotels or fast food spots, no taxis, no bars or nightclubs and only a daily bus. There are however many brave souls that venture up the treacherously steep windy road between Diafani and Olympos daily to get a taste of a simpler and marvelous time where one can find all that is needed to experience life.
This picturesque mountain side village only 10 Kilometers from the port town of Diafani is reminiscent of the wondrous island of Santorini with its breathtaking sunsets and traditional architecture, less the massive crowds and expensive accommodations.
While sitting at the popular Milos Restaurant boasting a functioning Windmill gazing at the sea below me I had the pleasure to eat some of the most delicious food of this summers Greek Island Journey including a famous pasta dish called Makarounes covered with the traditional “Tskiknoma” a delicious charred onion topping. I also sampled a slew of other items including Anthous stuffed with Rice, Hilopites and home made bread baked in an outdoor wood burning oven by the great grandmother of the family running the restaurant.
What captured me the most was the calm and tranquility of Olympos village where I was able to think clear thoughts while breathing fresh clean air over looking the sea, something very hard to do in the city of New York.
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Posted on 19 January 2012 by Basil Boziotis
As I sit in the port of Diafani, Karpathos listening to the magical sound of the Lyra, I imagine how life must have been on this island only a couple of decades ago. The road from the capital City of Pigadia connecting Diafani and Olympos has not been completed to date; a project 50 years in the making.
For some this may be a hassle, however the charm of this rugged island is its remoteness and the Village of Olympos which is roughly an hour and a half drive from the capital. The Road is less traveled here, but this will not last long as the world discovers the splendors of Diafani and Olympos. For now, things have not changed much in the last couple of decades. Stay Tuned for more of this Magical Journey on the Greek Islands.
Posted on 20 December 2011 by Basil Boziotis
The islands of the Dodecanese are situated in the south-east of the Aegean Sea, close to the coasts of Minor Asia. Dodecanese means “the twelve islands”, but of course they are eighteen and not twelve which are settled permanently although some will claim more. There are over 100 smaller uninhabited islands in the group as well.
Rhodes, Kos, and Symi are the most known of these islands, uncounted tourists visit them every summer, with Rhodes being the one of most historical importance. Rhodes is one one of the premier vacation spots of the entire Mediterranean.
Click here to Read more about The Dodecanese Greek Islands
Posted on 16 December 2011 by Basil Boziotis
If you are driven by adventure then surfing the Greek Islands may be just what the doctor ordered. Most pros prefer the Cyclades islands to get their adrenaline flowing, but the islands south east of the Cyclades are a surfers paradise that must be explored. Greece was formerly recognized as a wind surfing destination with not much surfing going on, but things are changing quickly.
The most famous of the Aegean sea Islands for surfing are said to be the islands of Naxos, Paros, Rhodes, Karpathos, Kos, and Crete. Although all these islands have an airport it is generally not possible to fly point to point and instead one must fly via Athens to Island hop. A much better option is to use the highly sophisticated Greek Ferry Boat System to navigate the islands during your journey.
The Island of Karpathos is home of the famous surfing spot which is called Devils Cove or Devils Bay which is located about 2 km north of the town of Karpathos and 4km south of the island of Arkasa which attracts both professional and novice surfers alike. Devils Cove is surrounded by Ormos Makriyialos in the south-east, Vrachonisida Prasonisi in the east, Ormos Elaaris in the south-west, Vrachonisida Moira in the north-east. The locals say this is a location with serious winds, so those with out the proper experience should tread carefully prior to dancing with the devil.
Check out a New York Times Story on Surfing in Greece
Posted on 11 November 2011 by Basil Boziotis
Diafani is a small Greek seaside village situated in a bay on the north-east coast of Karpathos. Karpathos is one of the Dodecanese islands in the Aegean sea between the islands of Crete and Rhodes.
The challenge of getting to Diafani only makes the arrival to this breath-taking village so much better, for locations like this one-off the beaten path are slowly but surely becoming a thing of the past as the much-anticipated road to Diafani is almost complete.
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Posted on 01 November 2011 by Basil Boziotis
Today published on CNN, 10 Under the Radar Islands, and guess what Greek Island came up on the list? We thought that we would share this article with our readers.
Getting there: Fly into Sámos, Kos or Léros Island and take a hydrofoil to reach Pátmos. Pátmos, the northernmost island of Greece’s Dodecanese chain.
You should know: Pátmos has beautiful beaches and untouched terrain makes it a perfect retreat.. It also has a history of spirituality (it was once the pilgrimage location of choice for Christians for its association with St. John the Divine)
Where to stay: The town of Chorá, which offers a mix of classic Greek whitewashed buildings and medieval mansions like the charming and bright four-bedroom Petra Villa It’s close to the cave of the apocalypse, where St. John is believed to have written the “Book of Revelations.”
Posted on 21 October 2011 by Basil Boziotis
Mention the Greek isles, and you’ll trigger visions of sailboats anchored near pebble beaches and coves concealed by pine-treelined mountains. Apella Beach on Kárpathos is a living incarnation of those daydreams.
Apella Beach on Kárpathos, Nestled between the islands of Rhodes and Crete. Kárpathos an off the beaten path Island of the Dodecanese island chain, boasts some of the most picturesque shores of the entire country of Greece. Situated on the east coast of the island , the beach as the island as a whole, has very few visitors and offers travelers a Greece of yesteryear. One can relax on the fine white sand at the far end of Apella Beach and feel as if you have discovered paradise on Earth.
Photo by Jan Eriksen, courtesy of greekisles.biz
There are no concessions on the beach, and road access is limited so like many other beaches on Karpathos, not easy to get to. A day on Apella is all about soaking up the breath taking surroundings featuring steep cliffs and a turquoise sea. Apella beach is easily accessible by boarding a ferry from the island’s capital city of Pigadia. You can take the ferry back to the capital city of Pigadia, or continue northward on land to Ólimbos, where the townspeople follow 100-year old customs and traditional music fills the streets.
Apella is not the only beach worth visiting on the island, but we can not give away all the secrets of Karpathos in one post. Prepare well for your Greek Island hopping adventure to Karpathos for this island will have you amazed at each bend of the road or bump of the sea!
Studios Delfini is a great place to call home in Diafani