TRAVEL 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!
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!
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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!
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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.
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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!
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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.