Spoa and Agios Nikolaos in Karpathos
Spoa lies about 8 kilometres east of Mesochori and around 20 kilometres north of Pigadia. Some old windmills stands just before the road turns into Spoa. The construction is common on Karpathos, but uncommon on other islands. The windmills are flat on one side and rounded on the other.
The nice little village of Spoa east of Mesochori.
You have covered half the island when you reach the village of Spoa, the villages of Diafani, Olympos and Avlona lies on the second inaccessible mountainous half. The road to Olympos begins just before Spoa. Before the road to Olympos was widened and asphalted, not many people drove to Spoa. The only reason to drive here then was to visit the small, cosy coastal village of Agios Nikolaos, which is located below Spoa. Now many people pass Spoa when they drive to Olympos.
Taverna Folia in Spoa.
The village lies dramatically beautiful in a valley with fruit trees, flowers and vineyards. The village is free of cars so you have to park your motor vehicle at the beginning of the village, where there is a café and a taverna.
The two gentlemen we met in Spoa.
When we first came to Spoa we met two elderly gentlemen who lived in Spoa. They had emigrated to the United States after World War II when many Karpathians left the island. In older days they had moved back home to Spoa. One of the gentlemen asked if we wanted to see how he lived. Of course we said yes and followed him home.
He lived absolutely fantastic and when he showed us the view we were amazed. So beautiful! He thought so too, and he was so proud to live so nicely.
The fantastic view from one of the gentlemen's house.
Agios Nikolaos is a small cosy village only about 5 kilometres below Spoa and is well worth a visit. The road down to the sea is tortuous and offers stunning sea views. There are two pretty nice pebble beaches and one cosy taverna with restful views overlooking the sea in Agios Nikolaos. The surroundings are beautiful and the water offer excellent snorkelling opportunities. Note that there is one more beach on Karpathos named Agios Nikolaos, the other is located below Arkasa.
The cosy coastal village of Agios Nikolaos, located below Spoa.
Taverna To Votsala in Agios Nikolaos. They also have rooms for rent.
The big beach in Agios Nikolaos.
The small beach in Agios Nikolaos.
The sea surrounding Agios Nikolaos are very snorkelling friendly.
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