Karpathos Town or Pigadia as called by the Karpathians is the capital and largest town of Karpathos. It is presently inhabited by about 2100 people.
Pigadia has the island’s main port and also has a newly constructed (2006) marina (view above) for tourist yachts. Pigadia is where the governmental, municipal, and public offices are located as well as most of the hotels, restaurants, and shops. Fresh fish are brought in daily by the local fishermen in their fishing boats or ‘Kaikia’. The main church for the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary in Pigadia, locally called ‘Evangelistria’, is situated in the center of the town by the oceanfront and is celebrated on March 25th .
During the summer months, numerous cultural events may be observed in the newly built open air theater. The theater (view above) is situated on the water’s edge near the building of the Province of Karpathos and Kasos where a magnificent view of the harbor may also be enjoyed. Above the harbor is the rocky hill called ‘Kavos’ and during the classical period the Acropolis of the area was called ‘Potideon’ and was located on this rocky hill.
Today Pigadia is built on the edge of Vronti bay (view above), a four kilometer (2.5 miles) long beach, which is also the longest sandy beach on the island. On the road to the village of Aperi and at the beginning of this beach are the remains of the early Christian basilica of Agia Fotini built around 600A.D. The hill above Pigadia holds the scenic monestary of Agia Kiriaki, celebrated on June 7th with its extraordinary view of Afiartis and Amoopi.
In the magnificent and refreshing pine forest nearby Pigadia the monestary for the Nativity of the Virgin Mary locally called ‘Larniotisa’ is located and it is celebrated on September 8th. It is not more than a 20-30 minute walk from the town center.
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