IKARIA TRAVEL GUIDE
Find out everything about your holidays in Ikaria on our travel guide! Located on the Eastern Aegean sea, Ikaria is one of the worldwide famous Greek islands, mainly due to the longevity of its inhabitants and the Ikarian diet.
Once you set your foot in Ikaria, you’ll feel like a world away from the mainland! It is the perfect place to recharge, away from the hectic everyday routine. On this island, time seems to slow down and nobody takes life too seriously. Sure enough, the island’s laid-back atmosphere is one of the main reasons why Ikaria is so popular. But not the only one!
Its natural beauty is a standout, too, as the wild beauty of Ikaria Greece is breathtaking. Rocky mountains, dramatic gorges, hiking trails, mesmerizing beaches, and rural villages set the scene of a dreamy holiday destination, especially for nature lovers!
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Ikaria Greece is probably the most alternative destination in the Eastern Aegean. Forget about glamorous bars, super luxurious resorts, and pretentious people. Ikaria has nothing to do with those!
So what to expect from Ikaria island?
Authentic, laid-back people, epic traditional feasts, excellent taverns, wild natural landscapes, idyllic beaches, locally made wine galore and beautiful seaside Ikaria hotels. The vibe of this island is so seductive, you’ll get into the mood straight away!
Ikaria Greece is particularly famous for one thing: the longevity of the islanders! The inhabitants of Ikaria live for many many years thanks to the nutritious Ikarian diet, walking, stress-free everyday life, and optimism! You can have a taste of all these qualities, along with the excellent local wine, at the regular traditional village feasts that are organized every summer in Ikaria.
As for Ikaria beaches, they boast the most beautiful wild natural landscapes! Visit Seychelles Ikaria beach, Mesakti, Nas and Livadi beaches to live your best beach life! For those who want to combine their beach day with island exploration, their best bet is trekking through Halari gorge, which leads to the beautiful Nas beach, one of the best places to marvel at the Aegean sunset from!
Once (or if) you manage to peel yourself away from the beautiful beaches, head to the little gems of the island: the picturesque Ikaria villages! Visit Armenistis Ikaria, Manganitis and Karkinagri to immerse yourself in the island’s culture. Ikaria villages are the best places to observe the everyday life of the islanders firsthand, learn their longevity secrets, taste the excellent local wine and gorge on homemade delicacies!
All the roads lead to Ikaria!
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HOW TO GET TO IKARIA?
You can reach Ikaria island by ferry from the port of Piraeus, in Athens but also from other islands of the Aegean. Ikaria can also be reached by plane, with daily flights from Athens.
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HIGHLIGHTS: BEST THINGS TO DO
Discover the best things to do in Ikaria! From Ikaria sightseeing, to activities and from Ikaria tours, to restaurants, we give you the best recommendations for the ultimate Ikaria holidays experience!
Evdilos has a very interesting architecture with Neoclassical buildings, old traditional stone houses and mansions, modern houses and narrow streets.
Located on the northern side of the island, Messakti is among the most beautiful beaches in Greece. This is a large bay with sandy coast and wonderful, crystal waters.
The organized beach of Livadi is a wonderful place to spend a day at the sun. Located on the northern side of the island, it is sandy and has amazing waters.
The experience of a local fair in Ikaria is unforgettable. The island is famous throughout the Greek islands, for night-long festivals, known as panigyria in Greek, where locals celebrate the saints and other religious holidays.
It exhibits various findings from excavations on Ikaria, such as sculptures, grave carvings from different periods.
A surfing centre is found at the beach of Messakti, Ikaria island, that offers surfing and sup courses for all levels. Relax and enjoy this special sports in a fantastic location.
Armenistis is among the most picturesque seaside villages of Ikaria. This is actually a fishing village with traditional style and nice beaches in the region.
Historically Therma in Ikaria has been a very popular place particularly for hydrotherapy ever since the 4th century BC.
A lovely cove popular among naturists, Nas is the best place to see the sunset in Ikaria. It is located on the northern side of the island, at the end of Halari Gorge.
In order to protect themselves from enemies, Ikarians used to construct their houses in a way that made them look like massive rocks from a certain distance.
This small church has an unusual architecture as it has a rock as a roof. The skulls of some monks are housed inside the chapel.
The countryside of the island is green, dotted by many waterfalls and popular with hiking. A frequented hiking path is along Halari Gorge, ending at the gorgeous beach of Nas.