SPECIALS/EVENTS IN THE AEGEAN SEA
OLYMPOS VILLAGE (KARPATHOS)
Olympos – an oasis of traditional culture in a progressing world. A visit of Karpathos would not be complete without the mountain village of Olympos, where time seems to stand still. If you are keen to experience traditional Greek flair and customs, this is your place to be!
Olympos Village - an oasis of traditional culture in a progressing world: A must see place and the greatest attraction of Karpathos Island is the village of Olympos, one of the most beautiful mountain villages in Greece. For many visitors to the island, Olympos is the real reason for their trip to the island in the Aegean Sea: beautiful old houses, narrow streets, weathered windmills and beautiful, flower-adorned balconies. The medieval village has 600 inhabitants and is picturesquely situated on the mountainside of the 718 m high mountain, Profit Ilias.
As Karpathos was often looted by pirates, the villagers built their houses with natural sandstone to blend into their surroundings. Olympos was often referred to as the "village of women" because the men either had to fight against the Ottomans or pirates or were forced to work abroad.
In a village that looks like an open-air museum, the inhabitants present Olympos's ancient crafts and costumes and offer visitors traditional food. Among other things, one of the last traditional windmills still in use can be visited. With the flour, the traditional dark bread is baked in wood-fired ovens.
Ancient folk traditions have remained here until today. Thus, the local dialect has many elements of ancient and Medieval Greek. Time seems to have stood still here.
The Byzantine church of Virgin Mary in the center of the village is an impressive place to visit. Its interior is decorated with numerous frescoes and motifs. Built in the 15th century, the relief on the bell tower with the Virgin Mary in local costume, surrounded by the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, was recently installed in 2002. Inside the church you will find a valuable iconostasis from the first half of the 18th century.
The village of Olympos – a unique way to experience traditional Greece.