Named after Icarus who fell into the surrounding sea when his wax wings melted from the sun, Ikaria is an amazing place for laid-back holidays. The fabulous beaches with the golden sand and crystal waters provide the best place to enjoy a day in the sun. Due to the absolutely relaxing atmosphere, Ikaria island is mostly frequented by free campers and naturists. A drive in the inland will bring you to picturesque villages, large wineries and places on natural beauty. Also did you know that the inhabitants of Ikaria Greece live on average 10 years longer than the rest of Europe? Could be the fresh air, the open door lifestyle, the wine, the mountainous terran that keeps people fit, or even the natural radiation of the granite rocks, but it is a fact.
An alternative island of Eastern Aegean, Ikaria in Greece is famous for its amazing beaches and the laid back atmosphere. Totally off the beaten track, many beaches in Ikaria are used for naturism and camping. The island is crossed by many hiking trails that lead to mountainous villages, gorges, small bays and vineyards. In fact, wine is among the most popular local products and you can try house wine in all taverns and restaurants around the island. Holidays in Ikaria are just perfect for total relaxation on a place full of inner energy.
Have a look on our travel guide about Ikaria and see the most important beaches, villages and sights to visit on the island. Also check our photos, videos and detailed maps to get a better understanding of the location.
The island of Ikaria is one of the Greek islands of the Aegean Sea and it belongs to the Eastern Aegean islands group. Ikaria island is famous for the laid-back atmosphere and the amazing beaches. Livadi, Messakti, Nas and Seychelles are among the most beautiful and crystal beaches. Many beaches in Ikaria island are frequented by naturists and free campers, while there are also secluded coves for extreme privacy.
A drive in the countryside will lead you to traditional villages and places of natural beauty. The gorge of Halari is a nice place for trekking, one of the most popular things to do on the island, and in fact at the end of the gorge, there is the naturist beach of Nas with the romantic sunset. Sightseeing is very few for your Ikaria holidays and includes some ancient ruins, small museums and lovely chapels. Ikaria holidays can be combined with other Greek islands, like Fourni or Samos.
Hotels in Ikaria are concentrated in the seaside villages of Armenistis, Evdilos and Agios Kyrikos. There are not many large hotels on the island, but accommodations there have more simple facilities. Only few hotels have upscale facilities, like pools. Accommodation options in Ikaria mainly consist of traditional apartments, studios and cozy rooms. Over the last years, agrotourism is gradually developing in Ikaria island with wine and olive estates.