Arkasa is located on the coast in the southwest of the Greek island of Karpathos. The name of the village comes from the ancient city of Arkesia. This ancient city was on the rock hill Palaiokastro and nowadays the remains of its ancient Acropolis can still to be seen.

Interesting sights of Arkasa are the remains of the Byzantine temple of Agia Anastasia, dating from the 5th century. The floor is beautifully decorated with mosaics. A large section of this mosaic floor is on display in the museum of Rhodes. An archaeological museum and a church are also located in Arkasa. Other attractions include the monasteries of Ipapandi and Agia Sofia.

When you're in Arkasa you can go to the top of the hill Paleiokastro. From the top the view to the sea and the area around Arkasa is spectacular. Arkasa is especially known for its wonderful beaches; the beaches of Aghios Nikoalos and Marmara.



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