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Vacations in Ikaria (Nothern Aegean - Greece)

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Area Nothern Aegean Best for Quiet
Perfecture Samou Cost Low
Access Ship Size 255 Square Kilometers
Beaches All Distance 278 Kilometers

Vacations in Ikaria island - The ideal destination for your vacations

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Why Ikaria

  • To swim in the exotic Seychelles beach
  • To get detoxicated from stress with the slow-paced life on Ikaria
  • To visit the hot healing springs at Therma
  • To have fun in the famous festivals of Ikaria

Information On Ikaria

Ikaria is a rather large island located a bit west of Samos.

The capital of Ikaria is Agios Kirikos, located to the southeast. It is a scenic but quiet village that attracts few tourists, which usually prefer the north side of the island like Armenistis and Evdilos (the 3nd harbor of the island), where nightlife is focused. Evdilos is a very picturesque seaside village which is ideal for strolls.

On Ikaria there is a particular lifestyle as the locals have eliminated stress and everything is done at a very slow pace. The most extreme case on Ikaria is Christos Rahon, a mountainous village where the biological clock is working backwards, as life here starts with the sunset and ends at dawn.

On Ikaria there are several big festivals held every year, for which the island if famous. The biggest of those which gather the most people are on August 6th at Christos Rahon and on August 15th on Lagkada.

Ikaria is an ideal destination for quiet family vacations, without lacking in nightlife, which is found in northern villages like Christos Rahon and Evdilos.
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Beaches Of Ikaria

Ikaria has many beaches for every taste, but the best of them are found on the north side of the island.
  • Seychelles (South Ikaria): A wonderful beach of exotic beauty with marvelous white sand, beautiful big white pebbles and calm turquoise sea.
  • Nas (Northwest Ikaria): A small beautiful beach in a verdant area with sand and nice blue sea.
  • Iero (Northeast Ikaria): A quiet small beach with sand, pebble and crystal sea.
  • Mesakti / Mesahti (North Ikaria): One of the most beautiful beaches of Ikaria, with lovely sand and blue sea.
  • Kampos (North Ikaria): A large beach with sand and nice blue sea.
  • Fytema (North Ikaria): A pebble beach with water sports and easy access.
  • Partheni (North Ikaria): A small beach with sand, little pebble and calm crystal sea.
  • Kyparissi (North Ikaria): A rather large and quiet beach with sand and crystal sea.
  • Aris (North Ikaria): A small and very quiet beach at the end of the river.
  • Faros (East Ikaria): A large beach with sand, thin pebble and some large tamarisk trees.
  • Kerame (East Ikaria): A lovely and very quiet small beach with pebble and crystal sea.
  • Ormos Nymfi (East Ikaria): A secluded peaceful beach with pebble and clean sea.
  • Kotsampi - Tsoukala (East Ikaria): Two pebbled beaches with easy access and some tamarisks.
  • Therma (East Ikaria): The long and narrow beach of the settlement. Nothing special.

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Travel To Ikaria

Ikaria has an airport with almost daily flights, which is located at the northeast edge of the island. There is a ship connecting Piraeus with Agios Kirikos that will have you on Ikaria in 7 hours.
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Transportation On Ikaria (Car Rentals)

On Ikaria there are bus routes connecting the capital, Agios Kirikos, with the main parts of the island, but the bus schedule is not satisfactory. Furthermore Ikaria is a large island, so we suggest having your own vehicle. Be careful of the road network which is in poor condition with narrow roads and sharp turns.
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Accommodation On Ikaria (Hotels, Apartments, Guesthouses, Rooms to let)

Most accommodation of Ikaria is found on the north and the east side. The main options for your stay at north are Armenistis, Gialiskari and Evdilos, and to the east Agios Kirikos and Therma. For camping fans there is a free camping in Nas.
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Food & Drink On Ikaria

On Ikaria you will find great food, like the local wild goat and the Soufiko (local vegetable dish). Do try the zuccini nuggets, chick-pea nuggets, pies, and naturally grilled fresh fish and seafood. Accompany your wine with the local red wine, Pramnios Inos, known since the Homeric times.
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What To Buy On Ikaria

Ikaria is known for its traditional rose flavored spoon sweet. You can also buy great pine honey and kathoura (local cheese from goat milk).
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Attractions On Ikaria

Ikaria Archaeological Museum

A new Archaeological Museum exhibiting the history of Ikaria. It is located in Agios Kirikos and housed in a beautiful renovated neoclassical building of 1925.

Archaeological Museum of Kampos

You will find it close to Evdilos, next to the Agia Irini church which has been built on top of the ruins of an ancient temple.

Ikaria Folklore Museums

On Ikaria there are three folklore museums in total, one in Perdiki, one in Agios Polykarpos and one in Vrakades.

Theoskepasti Church

The small church of the Byzantine era is an impressive attraction as it is inside a rock cave, under a huge rock.

Halari Canyon

Before reaching the beach of Na, Halari river crosses the Halari Canyon forming a spectacular waterfall which supplies a small beautiful lake.


The two dams, the Small and the Large one, are close to Christos Rahonin a verdant landscape with a lake and some ducks.

Mounte Monastery

The 13th century convent of the is now almost empty, but it is well worth a visit mainly because of the beautiful surrounding area.

Hot Springs of Ikaria

Ikaria is known for its mineral springs in Therma, as the waters there are among the most radioactive in the world.

Christos Rahon

Christ is a small picturesque village located in Rahes, at west, and is built amphitheatrically on the mountainside.

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Alternative Islands To Ikaria

Ikaria is not what you are looking for? Then one of the following nearby islands might interest you:

Fournoi (7 klm from Ikaria)
Samos (17 klm from Ikaria)
Chios (59 klm from Ikaria)
Oinousses (73 klm from Ikaria)
Psara (106 klm from Ikaria)
Lesvos (146 klm from Ikaria)
Agios Efstratios (223 klm from Ikaria)
Lemnos (246 klm from Ikaria)
Samothrace (311 klm from Ikaria)
Thassos (350 klm from Ikaria)

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Islands Connected To Ikaria

There is a ferry from Ikaria to the following islands:

Chios (direct connection to Ikaria)
Fournoi (direct connection to Ikaria)
Lemnos (direct connection to Ikaria)
Lesvos (direct connection to Ikaria)
Samos (direct connection to Ikaria)
Syros (direct connection to Ikaria)

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