If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home
The “capital” Chora on the top of the island is named Panagia, with many stone-built houses and it’s traditional individual baking oven which consists of a whole separate room. A tarmac road link Panagia with the port, (very few cars if any 2014, more cars now). There is no public transport, except for a bus that covers some very specific routes, (2015). There is no taxi either, but you can rent a scooter. You will not find any banks, but there is an ATM machine.
The spread out village of Agios Georgios is the port and the largest village on the island. Most people live here, (total population on the Iraklia island around 125). Agios Georgios has grown from a small fishing hamlet with the development of tourism in the 1980s. Suitable for family holidays, children friendly beach.
Comfortable stay on Iraklia
Speires Hotel, 10 bedroom boutique style Hotel, elevated position, located in the outskirts of the small charming village of Agios Georgios, 600 meters to the port and beach. Friendly service, great food, charming and comfortable bedrooms. Speires hotel Booking.com
Villa Zografos located between Agios Georgios and Chora (Panagia) the islands two small villages, in an elevated setting with lovely views towards the sea. Well cared for and guests are well looked after by the family who owns Villa Zografos. Rooms are comfortable, brightly decorated and the property’s ambiance is very much of a feel-good factor.Villa Zografos Booking.com
Maistrali studios and apartments is located in Agios Georgios village only s few minutes walk to the port quay and the village sandy beach. Maistrali studios air-conditioned and free WiFi. Simple and basic furnishings, balcony or terrace. The apartment sleeps 4 (1 double bed and bunk beds) with a small equipped kitchenette. The owner Nikos and his family is welcoming and service minded. Maistrali studios and apartments Booking.com
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Iraklia is an ideal place for hiking fans with many hills and peaks, with superb views. Iraklia island is part of the Natura 2000 network. Rent a bike or a scooter in the port of Agios Georgios, a village suitable for family holidays, being especially safe and friendly for children.
The largest cave in the Cyclades, Agios Ioannis. To view, it all takes more than two hours. You are advised to carry torches since there is no artificial lighting inside (2016). Be aware of the low entrance to the cave, which is a bit tricky. Walk about an hour from the Panagia to the cave.
Boat trips are popular
Hire a local caique to take you to the unspoiled beaches of the island, and the Isle of Venetiko opposite the beach of Livadi.
from the port Agios Georgios, walk about 1.3km. takes 30 minutes on a level road to Vorini Spilia with two beautiful, sheltered beaches. The smaller of the two is ideal for small children since it’s very shallow.
Irakli’s sandy beaches Livadi, Agios Georgios (the port beach), Alimia bay.
Alimia bay A major attraction is the wreckage of a German Arado AR196 shipboard reconnaissance aircraft that sank here during World War II, been moved and now at a depth of 9m and is visible from the surface. Alimia is mainly accessible by boat and the land route is recommended only for experienced walkers. Pebbly beaches are found at Tourkopigado, Ammoudi Tou Mericha, and rocky ones at Xylobatis, Vala and Kavos.
There are scooters/motorbikes available for renting Tel: +30 6977168139 and +30 6973637409 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Recommended to pre-book for high season.