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The cosy mountain village of Menetes lies about 7 kilometres west of Pigadia. The road between Pigadia and Arkasa goes straight through the village and I guess that many just pass through the village. It is a shame because Menetes is a nice village with narrow alleys and colourful houses. The large church on top of the rock is one of Karpathos' most important and it is celebrated with pomp and circumstance the 15 of August each year. Many of the island's musicians comes from Menetes.

In the mountains northwest of Pigadia are several villages: Aperi, Volada, Othos, Pyle and Stes. Volada lies about 2 kilometres north of Aperi. The views of the nearby mountains and the verdant valleys with gardens and nice houses are magical.

From Volada, a road goes straight up to the mountains to a plateau called Kali Limni. Look for signs pointing to Lastos. A taverna called Kali Kardia (The good heart) lies on the plateau. To run a taverna all the way up here ought to be impossible. Who find their way here? Quite many actually. But no one would go there if the food wasn't good. Kali Kardia serves incredibly delicious Greek homely fare and the owner Thanasis is super friendly.

Menetes. Karpathos.

Taverna Kali Kardi in Kali Limni.

Taverna Kali Kardia near the mountain Kali Limni.

From Othos, it is possible to do a detour to Stes. The village is so small that it barely appears on the map: a few houses scattered on a tree-covered plateau with vineyards, flowers, small patches and fruit trees. When we visit Karpathos, we usually goes to Stes. On a stone wall at the beginning of the village, we usually sit down and listen to the birds and the purling water from a nearby spring. It's amazingly soothing.

Pyles is perhaps the most Greek of the five mountain villages. The houses are worn, and the alleys are a little more unruly than in the other villages. As a tourist, it almost feels like you butt in. It is like you more or less step right into the villagers' everyday lives. The feeling does not last long, the villagers are namely as curious as in all other villages.

Do you like geraniums and other flowers, you must visit Pyles, I do not think I've seen so many geraniums on one and the same spot.

Pyles. Karpathos.


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