Ikaria named after the ill-fated Icarus who fell and drowned in the sea after the vax holding the feathers to Icarus man made wings melted on flying to near the sun.
According to the Greek myth, Dionysos, birthplace was Ikaria. (Dionysos god of wine) Homer declared the Ikarians were the world’s first winemakers.
Ikaria surprisingly untouched
On the southeast coast lies the main town Agios Kyrikos, capital, and port, it’s an easy-going town. Most of the town buildings date from the 19th century. The port was expanded during this time to serve the nearby spa resort at Therma. The waterfront is full of life as most Greek island ports, with the usual facilities, several tavernas and to enjoy a stroll along the port quay. Agios Kyrikos, good and varied accommodation.
Evdilos, Ikaria second port is located 41 km north west of Agios Kirykos. Elevated position, old houses on winding streets and narrow lanes down to the bay formed waterfront and port. Some accommodation available. 6km east of Evdilos is the coastal village of Karavostamo, a beautiful village worth a visit.
Actually, Armenistis village is more of a holiday resort, two long sandy beaches, separated by a narrow headland. Small fishing harbour. Tavernas, bars, and cafes along the beach. Evening entertainment during the summer season. Great atmosphere mixed by locals and tourists. Good and varied supply of accommodation
Natural mineral spas and hot springs
are dotted around Ikaria. These are one of the most “radioactive” springs in the world with water temperatures range from 31C to 58C. In terms of safety, the minute levels of radiation are carefully monitored and supervised by health authorities. The hot springs are famed for their beneficial effects such as arthritis and rheumatism.
The hot springs are located on the southern and northern coasts, here are a few. 2km north of Agios Kirykos, the hot springs of Lefkada, free, therapeutic and relaxing. Agios Kyrikos Springs Mustafa – Litza (Asclepius), Lower Loumakia and Kleftolimano. Therma Cave, spring Pamfyli, Kratsa, Apollon.
Ikaria is a mountainous island and some will describe it as wild. Forests, thermal springs, Gorges (Halaris Gorge best known), picturesque villages. For walkers, ramblers even mountain bikers Ikaria has much to offer and there are plenty of activities available and none better than activities Ikaria Tours
Here are a few. The beaches of Armenistis, Kampos, and Livadi are well organised. The most popular on the island is the endless and sandy beach of Mesakti, a surfers paradise especially during August. Nas is a small village on Icaria. It is famous for the beach which is located near the ruins of an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Artemis. Magganitis is where the famous “Seychelles” beach is located, however, after you parked, the downhill walk is a bit tricky. Wear some good shoes! Karkinagri Beach can be reached by boat.
How to get here
Ikaria’s airport is located on the south east of the island. 10km from the capital Agios Kirikos. If you arrive by ferry to Evdilos port is just over 50km north of the airport, and a further 10km (Total 6okm) from Armenistis resort area.
Ikaria Airport (JIK) connects with direct flights from Athens, 40 minutes flight. Heraklion, Crete, and Thessaloniki.
During the low season Hellenic Seaways and Blue Star ferries connect Ikaria’s two ports Evdilos and/or Agios Kirikos from Athens-Piraeus via Syros, Mykonos, Ikaria Evdilos, Ikaria Agios Kirikos, Fourni, Samos Karlovassi and Vathi, Chios, Mytilini.
In the summer season ferries run daily from Athens-Piraeus to Ikaria, depending on the weather and number of visiting ports, “sailing” time between 6-8 hours. Also in the summer season fast ferries, high-speed Catamarans with Dodekanisos Seaways with good connection to other Dodecanese Islands like Samos, Fourni, Patmos, Lipsi, Leros, Kalymnos, Kos, and Rhodes.
Another possibility is between Ikaria and Turkey (Kusadasi-Ephesus) via nearby Samos on the daily ferries operating from April 1 to October 31 between Samos(Vathi or Pythagorion) and Kusadasi(Ephesus).
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