Situated in the middle of the homonymous Carpathian Sea, Karpathos is the second largest island of the Dodecanese complex, after the neighboring Rhodes. Thanks to its remote location, the island has preserved more than others its authenticity in culture and traditions. Karpathos is worth visiting for its quaint and colorful villages, including Olympos and Mesochori, surrounded by picturesque mountainscapes and made up of almost entirely car-free roads. The hilly terrain makes it perfect for hiking and trekking activities, which can be alternated to diving in the crystal clear waters, or to boat trips along the evocative coastline. Some of the best beaches include Amoopi, Lefkos, and Diakoftis.