Apella beach, take a bow! It’s not easy to strike that perfect balance between offering the facilities to enjoy a day out in the sun and still making you feel like you’ve discovered a corner of paradise. And yet here we are, on the east coast of Karpathos, at the end of a short path that leads down to the beach and enjoying that heart-fluttering moment of falling head over heels in love.
There’s an exotic beauty to Apella that comes from the richness in the green of its pine trees, the white of its sand and tiny pebbles, and the intense blue of the sea. The pine trees drop right down to the beach in some places, offering natural shade that gently spreads through the afternoon.
And as if the setting could get any more magical, there’s a 13th century chapel (Agios Loukas) built right into the rock as you approach the beach, with beautiful ceiling frescoes.
Don’t forget your mask and snorkel. The water here is fantastically clear, with plenty of sea life to enjoy. You might just have found your new favourite beach.