The island of Karpathos
Karpathos, the second largest island of the Dodecanese chain, lies between Rhodes and Crete. Its rather rectangular in shape and its terrain is mountainous, the highest peak being Kali Limmi at 1214 metres above sea level . Karpathos is a Greek Island rich in culture and traditions, beautifully mountainous in the north part and fertile in the south with many fantastic beaches with crystal clear waters. It is an island still keeping a lot of old Greek fashion, with women at the picturesque mountainous villages still dressed in their traditional wear and baking bread in outdoor ovens. The island counts twelve villages, seven of them being in the mountains, counting in total about 6500 inhabitants. Because the island is located between Africa and Europe, many migratory birds chose this place to rest in its woods or marshes, on their way to northern countries. During the summer many traditional festivals take place. The participants, old and young, create together with folk dances a wonderful mixture of colours and melodies.