Ikaria Sights & Attractions
Ikaria got its name from Icarus, the boy who was drowned into the sea after the sun burnt his wings when flying. It is a lush green island with gorgeous beaches, the perfect laid-back place. Swimming in fantastic beaches and hiking are the most popular things to do in Ikaria. Some of the beaches are secluded and naturist, such as Nas beach. The green nature, the ruined sites and the cozy villages in the inland form nice hiking chances for visitors. Halari Gorge, in particular, is a nice place for hiking in Ikaria, leading to the ancient temple of Artemis and Nas beach for a swim.
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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.
This magnificent gorge is found close to Nas beach and it is a great area to stroll around, with natural lakes, plane trees, small waterfalls and stone bridges.
The ruins of the Temple of Artemis built in the 6th century BC can be seen in the archaeological site of Nas, on the north western spot of Ikaria. Goddess Artemis was worshipped there from the Classical till the Roman times.
Historically Therma in Ikaria has been a very popular place particularly for hydrotherapy ever since the 4th century BC. At Therma, located 2 km from Agios Kirikos, one can still find the vestiges and ruins of the ancient baths.
The Archaeological Museum of Kambos is located in a two-storey Neoclassical house. It exhibits various findings from excavations on Ikaria, such as sculptures, grave carvings from the Classical and the Hellenistic period, Neolithic tools, pottery vessels, coins, columns, and other objects.
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 tower is dated to the 4th century BC. Its blocks are of a visibly finer and more compact quality of marble that is found in the fortification walls of this site.
The Monastery Evaggelistrias Mavrianou is dedicated to the Annunciation. Its construction is estimated around the end of the18th AD century and has been completely abandoned since 1960.
The Byzantine Odeon is located at the village of Kampos in the northern part of the island. It is on the ancient site of Oenoe, known to be one of the most fertile places on the island and the wealthy ancient capital of Ikaria.
This Byzantine fortress was built in the 11th century AD and it is standing on top of a mountain, offering great views to the above valley.
This island is quiet and somehow isolated from the tourist destinations. It has only a few tourist amenities because it has not yet been much developed. Fourni would be a nice two-day excursion from Ikaria.
This 12th-century church is located in the village of Kambos, near the port of Evdilos. It is the oldest church of Ikaria, built on the site of a 4th-century basilica. The columns standing in the ground are the only remains of the basilica. The church houses some fine frescoes of great artistic value.
The church of Agios Kirikos is the Metropolitan Church of the island. It is located in the capital village and impresses with its big size.
This museum stands in the village of Perdiki, 13 kilometers north of Agios Kirikos. It exhibits about 400 items from the Ikarian life, dating back from the 17th century.
The Archaeological Collection of Agios Kirikos is housed in a room of the High School. It displays various findings from the Neolithic and Classical periods such as tools, clay vessels, coins, amphorae, weapons, personal items and more. Another collection consisting of articles and lithography depicts the history and social aspect of the island.