PLACES TO VISIT NEAR DIAFANI
Here you will see a small selection of interesting places to visit near Diafani with references to our Diafani A - Z Index for further information and more photos :
1 ) THE MANY LOVELY BAYS
of small pebble beaches and beautifully clear sea for swimming and snorkelling.
(see : Beaches in and around Diafani + Photos)
2 ) THE MANY LOVELY PATHS
for people who enjoy walking in countryside with pine forests and nearby olive groves and breathtaking views of hills and secluded bays.
(see : Walking + Photos)
3 ) THE UNIQUE HILLTOP VILLAGE OF OLYMBOS
(see : Olymbos + Other websites, addresses for Olymbos + Photos)
4 ) AVLONA
the small agricultural hamlet of the community of Diafani and Olymbos. You will see some small traditional stone houses and a tiny chapel. Few families live here now but you will see local people working in the fields or tending their animals.
(see : Avlona + Produce, Local Diafani + Photos)
5 ) VROUKOUNDA
the amazing ancient site on the wild west coast . There is a subterranean church and an incredible 2-day festival takes place here every year for the feast of St John the Baptist. The local people make their way here on foot from Avlona or by boat from Diafani to the little stone jetty among the rocks below this site. There is a small bay for swimming and many local people come to this part of the coast to collect the pure white salt from the natural salt pans amongst the rocks.
(see : Church Festivals + Photos)
6 ) TRISTOMO
a small safe harbour on the otherwise wild and windy west coast of the island. The entrance to this deep harbour is hidden from the sea and there are many tales of its use by pirates in the past and even submarines during World War 2 . There is a small stone landing place, some traditional stone houses and a small chapel but the village is now almost uninhabited except by locals staying at certain times of the year to fish or look after their animals and olive trees.
(see : Walking + Photos)
7 ) THE NEARBY ISLAND OF SARIA
to the north and separated from the island of Karpathos by a narrow channel. Almost uninhabited now except at certain times of the year when local people stay here to look after their bee hives or animals.
The strange ruins in Palatia, the main landing place, point back to the time when this island had a vast and reputedly very wealthy population. There are several different stories about this remote former city of Palatia but the Greek authorities have not yet undertaken any serious excavation here.
(see : Map of Karpathos and Saria + Walking + Archaeology + Photos)
8 ) THE CAPITAL OF KARPATHOS
is situated in the south of the island and has two names : It is known simply as "Karpathos" or by its local name of "Pigadia" (from the Greek word for springs or wells). You will find everything in Pigadia - lots of tourists, sandy beaches, surfaced roads, buses and places to hire motor bikes and cars, restaurants, cafes and shops. In fact if you want a holiday based in a small, lively town with tourist shops and facilities this is the place for you.
Many of our regular visitors to Diafani enjoy a visit to Pigadia for the day but are really glad to leave the noise and bustle of the town and return to the more traditional Greek way of life in the lovely village of Diafani.
(see : Capital of Karpathos + Map of Karpathos island + Photos)