Discover Ikaria, the island of myths where time passes slowly
The island named after the mythical Icarus who wanted in vain to fly to the sun, but his wings burned and fell into the sea is a magical place, full of charming contrasts, richly endowed by nature, with beaches, mountainous landscapes and hospitable, smiling people.
Start to get to know Ikaria from the beautiful capital and big port of the island, Agios Kirikos. Amphitheatrically built on a green slope, full of beautiful mansions and picturesque cobbled streets will fascinate you. Make a stop to admire the statue with the wings of Icarus and visit the Archaeological and Folklore Museum of Agios Kirikos.
Drive around. In the picturesque fishing village of Karkinari to visit Cape Papa with the beautiful lighthouse of the same name. In the most beautiful mountain village of the island, Christos Rachon, where the day starts at night! Life in the village starts at night, while during the day almost everything is closed. In Therma for the awesome experience of the thermal baths. On the beach of Na for the wonderful sunset. At the famous exotic Seychelles beach for diving in its crystal-clear waters.
Do not miss the opportunity to participate in one of the famous festivals of Ikaria where you will drink plenty of "Kariotiko" wine and dance Ikariotiko until the morning!
Enjoy the excellent local cuisine
Ikaria has a long gastronomic tradition and fine local products. In the traditional taverns you should try smoked herring, anchovy fillet, fresh fish with local tsipouro or ouzo, local goat, zucchini meatballs, chickpea meatballs, cheese pies with Kathoura (a local goat cheese), Kolokasi (sweet potato of Ikaria) and Sufiko (traditional Greek roasted vegetables).
Leaving the island do not forget to take with you honey and Kaisi (local sweet made of an apricot variety).
Best time to visit Ikaria
Ikaria is an all-seasons island. In the summer to enjoy diving in its clear blue and crystal-clear waters and dancing until the morning at its festivals. In spring and autumn to explore its mountain villages, Gorges, and trails.
How to use transportation in Ikaria
Airport/port transfer options
From Athens (duration approx. 55 minutes)
From Thessaloniki via Limnos island (duration approx. 02 hours)
The airport is 12 km from Aghios Kyrikos (the islands capital)
Access to / from the airport by bus, taxi or car rental
From Piraeus (duration 7 to 11 hours depending on the ports of call)
Public Buses are connecting Aghios Kyrikos with the smaller towns
We recommend a Car Rental due to the size of the island