Between the Greek islands of Samos and Mykonos in the Aegean Sea, the ocean has sculpted a fantastic 98 square mile rock in which time keeps on rolling at its own pace. Ιkaria, known as the birthplace of the ancient Greek god of wine, religious ecstasy, and theater Dionysus, has gained worldwide attention for its local people’s extraordinary longevity, attributed to their hedonistic attitude to life.
The name of this breathtakingly beautiful Greek island is also tied to the mythical figure of Icarus. According to Greece’s mythological tradition, Icarus, ignoring his father’s warnings, flew so close to the sun that his wax wings melted causing him to fall into the sea and meet his tragic fate.
Visitors can reach the sandy beaches, aquamarine and running waters, as well as both the lush green hillsides and barren steep rocks of Ikaria island by air from Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” or by ferry from Piraeus Port.
Near the island’s airport in Faros village and Kerame beach, in Iero bay, you will find the perfect wind shelter to cuddle up with your loved ones. In the areas of Armenistis and Nas, your eyes will flirt with two of the most beautiful beaches of the island, while in the endless Messakti beach you can try water sports. At Kampos and Ammoudaki beaches, you will be surprised by the beauties of nature. A visit to the secluded and exotic Seychelles beach is also a must while visiting Ikaria.
One of the things you should definitely not miss while in Ikaria is visiting the mountainous village of Christos Rahon on the north side of the island to explore its traditional cafeterias, taverns, and shops that stay open until the early morning hours. Joining the island’s wild festivals, called “Panigyria” to try Greece’s traditional dances is also a must.