This rugged island, celebrated for its wild mountains and gas-blue coves, is one of the most authentic places in Greece. Legend has it Prometheus and his titans were born here, and with its cloud-wrapped villages and craggy beauty, there is something primal about the place.
The south of the island is popular with adrenaline junkies and is in the spotlight each summer when it hosts an international kitesurfing competition. Meanwhile, the fierce wind that lifts the spray from the turquoise waves blows its way to the mountainous north, battering pine trees and howling past sugarcube houses. Karpathian women at this end of the island still wear traditional garb, especially in the magical village eyrie of Olymbos, perched on the ridge of a mountain.