Diafani is the second most important port on Karpathos and it was
founded in the middle of the 19th century by the inhabitants of Olympos.
Until not so long time ago, Diafani was something of a lifeline for Olympos.
All goods, and almost all people, previously had to go via Diafani for
further transport to Olympos, about 8 kilometres west of Diafani. Now,
when there is a road to Olympos from Spoa,
Diafani lost some of its importance. But still most of the transportation
is done by ferry to Diafani and further on up to Olympos. Maybe it is
not so strange because Diafani is a living village all year-round, with
nearly 230 inhabitants, more than it lives in the tourist resorts of Amopi
and Lefkos altogether.
The architecture is reminiscent of the one in Pigadia.
The buildings lies in a row along the waterfront with tavernas, pensions
and hotels. Even more tavernas and pensions lies in the alleys. Vananda
beach is the nearest beach about 3 kilometres north of Diafani (the
beach at Diafani is no great shakes). Beach boats to Vananda and to the
island of Saria off the northern point of Karpathos starts out
from the port.
ACCOMMODATION IN DIAFANI
Do you want to stay at the end of the road, or do you want to be
close to Olympos, and to the sea, then Diafani is perfect. I can only
imagine how peaceful and quiet it must be here in the evenings. Maistrali
Studios is one of several hotels, and it looks very pleasant.
Maistrali Studios »
Excursion boat and fishing boats in Diafani.