Apella Beach

Beach in Karpathos

However determined you may be to reach Olymbos, allow time to take the precipitous spur road that drops seawards from the east-coast highway 17km north of Pigadia. Here you'll find Apella Beach; backed by a cascading hillside of wildflowers, with towering cliffs to both north and south, it is the finest beach in the Dodecanese. A broad and utterly unspoiled expanse of pure white sand, it’s more like a Hawaiian beach than anything you’d expect to find in the Aegean.

There's a good taverna at road's end, just above the beach.