Pigadia is Karpathos' main harbor and capital. It's situated in the old pirate cove of Vrontis Bay. It's built upon the ancient town of Possidion, which was abandoned in the Byzantine period. On a rocky hill to the east remain ruins of a Temple of Athena and a few Mycenaean tombs. The modern town is of recent construction and new hotels and apartments are being built in the town and its near reaches to cater to the influx of tourism from a mostly European clientele.
From the harbor, a short walk will bring you to the three km stretch of beach that lines Vrontis Bay. There you will find a few tavernas and hotels. The columns here on the sands of Vrontis Bay have been re-erected of the 5th Century Basilica Aghia Fotini.
Across the bay the Cave of Poseidona has sweet water. Near it is the chapel of Ag. Nikolaos, the saint who replaced Poseidon as the protector of sailors.
On the south side of the bay a 7th Century BC Sanctuary of Demeter has been discovered along with cave tombs from the geometric era, one of which yielded a small golden statue.