48 hours in Ikaria

The birthplace of Dionysos, god of wine, is one of the most charming northeastern Aegean islands featuring a wild landscape, hidden beaches with aquamarine waters, famous feasts and locals who outlive the American and western European average by around a decade. Life in Ikaria is sweet and very, very long.

Day One

10 am.
Check in to Toxotis Villas. Seven traditional stone houses are located in one of the most beautiful slopes of Armenistis that ends up in the sea. Balconies and terraces, swimming pool and absolute tranquility compose its setting (Armenistis, tel .: +3022750 71570, www.toxotis-ikaria.gr). Erofili hotel is located in Armenistis, next to the beaches of Livadi and Messakti and it features rooms with spacious terraces, sea water pool and wellness area with a heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi (Armenistis, tel .: +3022750 71058-9, www.erofili.gr). Pyrgos Exclusive Boutique Villas is a traditional neighborhood of apartments and independent stone houses on the hillside of Agios Kirikos surrounded by olive trees and wild vegetation. Yoga, shiatsu, reiki seminars are organized, while masseurs, acupuncturists and other alternative therapists often visit the hotel (Agios Kirykos, tel.: +3022750 22105, www.pyrgos-ikaria.com).

Toxotis Villas

Head to the stat-beach of the island, Seychelles, with tropical colors, crystal clear sea, white pebbles and rocks, and quite a lot of people. It is located in the southern part of the island, 25km southwest of Agios Kirikos, and is one of the few beaches of Ikaria protected by the great waves. Make sure you get everything you need before going there. The sandy beach of Therma is located below the main square of the village, next to the harbor of the settlement. On one side of the beach there are a few umbrellas. It has easy access from Agios Kirikos. Nealia beach is located east of the village of Therma and is isolated with sand and pebbles, surrounded by green hills. It is a good option for anyone wishing to avoid strong northern winds.


Lunch at Kritikos, a surprisingly good taverna hidden in the gulf of Therma with local cuisine and influences from Crete. On the sandy beach you will enjoy octopus and grilled sardines, fava, pastrami pie, feta cheese with honey or orzo with mussels and shrimp, among others. Very courteous service from the group of young people who run the taverna (Therma, tel: +3022750 23325).

Wander around Agios Kirikos, the capital and main port of Ikaria. It is built amphitheatrically on a verdant slope and it preserves its traditional character with the picturesque streets, old quarters, beautiful mansions and houses built side by side with blue or red windows. At the harbor stands the 17 meters high metal statue of Icarus, while in the square you will see the marble Monument of the Ikarian Heroes. It is worth visiting the Archaeological Museum of the island, which is housed in the renovated old High School and the Folklore Museum of the village.

Abariza bistro is an all-day hangout in Agios Kirikos, ideal for coffee with pancakes or a drink in a relaxed atmosphere. You will enjoy beer from Greek microbreweries or wine in the afternoon, accompanied by bruschetta with local goat cheese (kathoura), rocket and balsamic vinegar (Agios Kirykos, tel .: +3022750 31721).

Dinner at Kampi, the beautiful tavern on the square of Agios Dimitrios village. Homemade cuisine and a pleasant atmosphere in which you will enjoy spagghetti with kid goat in lemon saucew, eggplant pie, steaks and meatballs accompanied by local wine (Agios Dimitrios, tel .: +3022750 41641).

Take part in one of the many feasts, organized all year round (most of course take place in the summer) in each village. Local kid goat, wine, live traditional music, local dances, people who laugh and celebrate until the morning. One of the most renowned festivals is the one organized on the 6th of August (The Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus) in Christos Raches village. 

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