The island of Ikaria is part of the Eastern Aegean Islands. It lays in the Ikarian Sea, 10 nautical miles southwest from Samos. In fact, the history of Ikaria is strongly connected to the history of Samos. Ikaria is one of the largest islands of the group, with a total area of 255 sq km and a coastline of about 150 km.
The island has about 8,000 inhabitants. Its capital is Agios Kirikos, which is also its main port, lying on the southern coast. The second port of Ikaria is Evdilos, located on the northern coast of the island. Ikaria has a very varied landscape, made of the sharp contrast of verdant slopes and barren steep rocks and fill with boulder deserts, plateau, rocky hills, streams, and impressive cliffs. It is a very mountainous island and its highest mountain range is Aetheras, whose highest summit rises at an altitude of 1,048 m.
The geography of Ikaria is unique and best featured in its coasts and mountainous locations. Most of the villages of Ikaria lay on the plains near the coasts and only a few villages can be found in the mountains. The pristine coastline displays a wide range of unique coves and beaches which have remained totally unspoiled. The great beauty of the island is its luxurious greenery and its abundance of spring water, which is forming streams, refreshing waterfalls, rivers, and impressive gorges. Halari Gorge is the most famous trekking spot on Ikaria island.
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View the map of Ikaria with the main villages, beaches, and sightseeing. Also, the location of the port and the airport. View: Map of Ikaria