The Dodecanese Islands is a group of islands located in the South East Aegean Sea. It translates as “12 islands” and is well known for its fine beaches, its warm and sunny climate and its impressive cultural heritage. Especially Rhodes and Kos attract millions of lovers of sun, sea and culture each year. The other, less well known islands like Leros, Kalymnos, Astypalaia and Karpathos have managed to preserve their identity and their traditional flavor. The North of Karpathos, including the little island of Saria is worth mentioning for 2 reasons:
Firstly, it is a National Park that boasts many unique flora and fauna species, such as the Carpathian Campanula (Campanula carpatha), the Carpathian Pink (Dianthus fruticosus ssp. Carpathus), the nearly extinct Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus, monachus) and the critically endangered frog Pelopphylax cerigensis.
Secondly, by virtue of its insular isolation (until recently accessible only by boat!) Northern Karpathos is like an open-air museum to the visitor. Watch women in traditional costume, hear musical instruments of bygone times and experience unmatched hospitality.
Autumn flowers, olive picking & walking on Karpathos Island
Small group trip
Join us to experience a combination of autumn flowers, olive picking and folklore on an island where traditions are kept alive! Location:Northern tip of Karpathos, a nature reserve! From €595 (7 days) ex flights. Dates 2017: 15 Oct
Leisurely paced, expert-led walking holiday in search of wildflowers on Karpathos Island, located between Rhodes and Crete. Karpathos is, unlike its bigger neighbors still a very pure place where traditions are kept alive. Witness traditional customs & taste delicious food. From €580 (8 days) excl. flights. Dates 2018: 21 Apr