Photo: © Katerina Polachova
Diafani is a small fishing village situated in a bay, on the northeast side of the island, below the traditional and historic hilltop village of Olymbos. It is the second most important port of Karpathos and in ancient times the harbor of Olympos. Although not as picturesque as Olympos, it is a charming village, famous for the hospitality it offers and the friendly inhabitants. Colorful houses beautifully decorated are built amphitheatrically on the slopes of the surrounding hills, overlooking the Aegean Sea, while on top are some abandoned windmills.
The beach of Diafani, stretches right in front and is organized with parasols and sun loungers. The beach is covered with pebbles like most beaches in this part of the island and has crystal-clear waters. If you like hiking and discovering small bays, Diafani is the right place. There are many lovely beaches nearby, the most famous of which is Vananda. The port is the starting point for daily boat trips to the island of Saria, many unspoiled beaches and the little village of Tristomo.
Diafani is an ideal destination for people seeking relaxing holidays and traditional Greek hospitality in a wonderful setting. Walking through the streets, you can come across little taverns where you can taste the local Greek dishes and fresh fish. In Diafani you will not find any big hotels but there are small family hotels, apartments and studios to rent.