The island comprises of 10 villages with many touristic resorts and a total of 7,000 inhabitants. All villages have preserve the traditional style, the many peculiarities of dress, customs and dialect of the island. Especially in Olympos village women still wear their beautiful colorful traditional costumes every day while doing their daily tasks.
In the southeast of the island you can find the capital town of Pigadia, many services, restaurants, shops and the main port of the island is located here. Pigadia is surrounded by the villages of Aperi, Volada, Othos, Pyles, Arkasa and Menetes.
- Town of Pigadia is beautifully sheltered in mountain ringed Vrontis Bay around a natural harbor in a mix of red tiled roofs and balconied apartments. Pigadia is a modern, pleasant town and It offers every facility a visitor may need as well as hotels, rooms taverns and bars.
- The village of Aperi, Volada, Othos and Pyles are picturesque settlements built among trees situated in the Mountains offering view towards the sea and the south and western eastern part of the island. Aperi was once the capital of Karpathos while is the seat of the Karpathos and Kassos island Archbishop. These villages although they have traditional white-washed houses of typical Karpathian architecture with narrow alleys and balconies full of flowers they don’t offer much to tourists in the restaurant or shopping sense.
- Arkassa is the second largest village in Karpathos located by the sea on the southwestern part of Karpathos.. There are several restaurants and cafeterias in the center of the village. On the headland are the remains of the ancient capital Arkessia where a Mycenaean acropolis with Cyclopean walls stands on a rocky headland known as Paleokastro.
- Menetes is a small mountainous settlement amphitheatrically built on the slopes of a hill. Its small whitewashed houses along with the colorful shutters and doors create an eye-catching scenery, combined with narrow alleys and flowered balconies and yards.
The area includes the north part of Karpathos with the island Saria and includes the traditional villages of Olympos, Spoa, Mesochori and the coastal village of Diafani with its harbor. The north region of Karpathos-Saria is exceptionally mountainous, the highest peak of North Karpathos is “Prophet Elias”, 719 m.
- Mesochori is a small village on the edge over the sea, one of the most graphic villages in Karpathos, with traditional houses and tasteful new ones, narrow alleys and stone steps. The village main summer settlement is the region is the coastal village Lefkos which offers many beautiful beaches.
- Spoa is a charming village of lovely houses overlooking the sea, down to the coast fishing settlement of Aghios Nikolaos.
- Olymbos village sited on the slopes of Profitis Ilias is like a living museum of architecture, ethnology, musicology and linguistics. The locals speak a dialect with traces of ancient Dorian Greek and Phrygian origins. It is one of the few places in the world that is ruled by women which stil wear their traditional costumes while performing their daily tasks. The village is a very striking place, worth a visit village offering excellent views.