What you should know before hiring a car in Karpathos
|Karpathos city centre|
|Karpathos Island National Airport (AOK): 12 km from city centre|
Where to rent a car in Karpathos?
The second largest of the Greek Dodecanese islands, Karpathos spans an area of 125 square miles – meaning there's plenty to discover! A well-connected road network can be found on the island, allowing visitors to explore by rental car or bus. Of the two, a rental car allows for a much higher level of flexibility when it comes to choosing where – and when – to head off to explore the island! The majority of car rental companies can be found at Karpathos Island National Airport or in Karpathos town; these include Hertz, Thrifty, Avis and Budget.
Driving in Karpathos: parking and other tips
As a Greek island, the road rules in Karpathos are the same as those on mainland Greece. Driving is on the right; seat belts must be worn at all times; and cell phones may only be used if in hands-free mode while driving. Road conditions on Karpathos are generally good, however the roads can get a little narrower or more rugged than those on the mainland. When in comes to parking on Karpathos, visitors will likely make use of the designated parking lots located at popular sites of interest such as beaches. In more built-up areas such as Karpathos town, look out for signs indicating parking zones.
Road trips around Karpathos
Thanks to its manageable size, the Greek island of Karpathos is easily explored by rental car. With a combination of well-maintained and more rugged roads, there are plenty of destinations which can be accessed by car. From beaches to charming traditional towns, set off on a road trip around Karpathos – and be sure to include these three areas on your itinerary.
Karpathos town (Pigadia)
A number of car rental companies can be found in Karpathos town (Pigadia), making this a good place in which to begin a road trip. A small, charming fishing town, enjoy wandering the streets of Karpathos before heading out to explore the surrounding areas by car. From beautiful beaches overlooking the Aegean Sea, to beautiful villages such as Menetes, there's plenty to discover!
A village in the north of Karpathos, Olympos boasts a peaceful atmosphere, traditional appearance and proximity to a number of great hiking trails. Located in a relatively remote part of the island, the road to Olympos is not in the best condition, so drive with care. However, those who do choose to make the trip will be rewarded with ocean views and a village steeped in tradition.
A tour of Karpathos's beaches
Karpathos is no stranger to beautiful beaches – the island's coastline is dotted with gorgeous places to sunbathe and swim. In western Karpathos, Lefkos Beach is a popular option and is well served with parking and amenities; just over 13 miles away, not far from Karpathos Island National Airport, Arkasa Beach is another peaceful, well-served beach to add to your Karpathos road trip itinerary.