Karpathos - The village of Olympus
The village of Olympus is truly a real treat for the eyes; a 9th century medieval hamlet defying the march of time with its windmills, old stone ovens and picturesque chapels, making it one of the most impressive sights of the Aegean.
Set 58 km northwest of Pigadia, the capital of Karpathos, the village gives a striking impression from the first moment you see it. Located on the top of a hill which is surrounded by bigger mountains and going west to inaccessible shores. Due to its location the houses have a unique view over the Aegean Sea and therefore not unjustly been characterized by many as the balcony of the Aegean.
The traditional colorful houses that climb up the two steep slopes, the windmills and the bell tower of the church give a sole and unprecedented picture. Olympos retains an old fashioned way of life where primitive customs play an important role. It is characteristic that during your stay here you will be able to see people who continue to wear their local costumes, retain their language and idiomatic expressions. The beautiful figures of women within the colorful handmade costumes not only impress, but astonish the visitors.
For these reasons the village of Olympus is described as a living folk museum where visitors outside of the unrepeatable beauty can meet the most original Greek hospitality. Among the most remarkable sights of the village is the church of Panagia from the 16th century with had a wood-carved temple and the murals. You can also visit the traditional flour mill, the folk museum of artist Vasilis Hadjivassili, the monastery of Chrisovalantou located at the entrance of the village, a must also to visit is Ancient Vrykous, where the ruins of the 4th century.
Here you can turn back time…