The second largest island of the Dodecanese lies between
Rhodes and Crete. It is rather rectangular in shape and its
terrain is mountainous. A mountain range separates the north
from the south part of the island, and most of its settlements
are to be found on the south coast, which is relatively flat.
Karpathos' capital and main port is Pigadia or Karpathos
on the southeast coast. It was built primarily with funds
sent home by immigrants living abroad and it does not reflect
the local architectural style found in the older villages.