GUIDE TO IKARIA

Located in the Eastern Aegean Sea, Ikaria has become famous all over the world for the longevity of its inhabitants and their diet. Life seems to slow down on the island, offering a break from your daily routine. You will have the opportunity to explore its amazing natural landscape and beaches, hike through its mountains, discover picturesque villages and more!

Find out everything about your holidays in our travel guide! Discover the top hotels & restaurants, landmarks, fantastic beaches, as well as a wide selection of breathtaking photos!

To reach the island you can take a plane from Athens or alternatively you can take a ferry form Piraeus port. Ikaria is also connected to other islands by ferry, like Kos, Chios, Samos, Mykonos and more!

OUR TRAVEL SERVICES IN IKARIA

Book your trip in Ikaria with Greeka, the Greek islands specialists! We help thousands of people every year to plan beautiful and trouble-free holidays. From tours to hotels and from car rentals to ferry tickets, we provide all the essential services to make your trip to Greece the most epic and smooth one.
Our services are rated . Our guide and services won the Silver Award (2020) of the annual Tourism Awards in Greece. Read reviews about our services.

Cancellation Guarantee! Book your next trip to Greece with Greeka with peace of mind! Read more.

MORE ABOUT IKARIA GREECE

Ikaria island is probably the best 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 the island?

Authentic, laid-back people, epic traditional feasts, excellent taverns, wild natural landscapes, idyllic beaches, locally made wine galore and beautiful seaside hotels. The vibe of this island is so seductive, you’ll get into the mood straight away!

Ikaria is particularly famous for one thing: the longevity of the islanders! The inhabitants live for many many years thanks to the nutritious local 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.

As for the beaches, they boast the most beautiful wild natural landscapes! Visit Seychelles, Mesakti, Nas and Livadi 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 for marveling at the Aegean sunset!

Once (or if) you manage to peel yourself away from the beautiful beaches, head to the little gems of the island: the picturesque villages! Visit Armenistis, Manganitis and Karkinagri to immerse yourself in the island’s culture.
The 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 roads lead to Ikaria!

• Map • Weather • History • Geography

PHOTOS OF IKARIA / SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES

Explore Ikaria island through the lens of the talented members on Greeka community.
Share your experience with us or tag us #greekacom on your favorite social media.

HOTELS & ACCOMMODATIONS

Depending on your budget and preferences, you will find numerous kinds of hotels in Ikaria: on the one hand, there are several traditional apartments and studios that combine simplicity with comfort, and at the same time, visitors will also discover modern villas and hotels that lean towards the luxurious side.

Some of the most popular hotels are Pyrgos Traditional Village, Cavos Bay, Anemoessa Luxury Villas and Toxotis Villas.

HOW TO GET THERE & MOVE AROUND?

You can reach Ikaria island by plane, with daily flights from Athens but you can also get there by ferry from the port of Piraeus, in Athens but also from other islands of the Aegean.
Book your ferry tickets with us!

• Ferry • Flights • Move around

HIGHLIGHTS: BEST OF IKARIA

Discover the highlights of Ikaria to experience during your holiday! From sightseeing to activities, here are the best suggestions for the ultimate experience!
View All Things to Do

  • Evdilos
    Evdilos has a very interesting architecture with Neoclassical buildings, old traditional stone houses and mansions, modern houses and narrow streets.
  • Messakti beach
    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.
  • Livadi beach
    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.
  • Traditional feasts
    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.
  • Archaeological Museum of Kambos
    It exhibits various findings from excavations on Ikaria, such as sculptures, grave carvings from different periods.
  • Surfing
    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 village
    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.
  • Ancient Springs
    Historically Therma in Ikaria has been a very popular place particularly for hydrotherapy ever since the 4th century BC.
  • Watch the sunset from Nas
    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.
  • Stones houses
    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.
  • Church of Panagia Theoskepasti
    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.
  • Hikking at Halari Gorge
    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.