Ikaria is a beautiful island with hard to reach and secluded areas and beaches even nowadays. Spending your holidays in Ikaria will revive you and help you rest. It is a relatively quiet island which certainly offers nightlife as well as lots of festivals and merrymaking. Visit the Archaeological Museum, the hot springs, the monastery of Evaggelistrias but also its seaside villages like the Armenistis and Gialiskari. Ikaria is the ideal island for the ones interested in sea sports, fishing, hiking and exploration of nature. Book your ferry tickets as soon as possible and enjoy unique holidays in Ikaria.
The Ikaria Port
There are regular departures of ships from Piraeus to Ikaria and the route, which includes stops to other islands as well, lasts about 10 hours. For a carefree journey book your ferry tickets online via aktoploika.gr. The island’s capital, Agios Kirikas, is also one of the two ports of the island. The second one, Evdilos, is located pretty far away from Hora.
Connection With Other Ports
Ikaria has a ferry connection with the following ports: Piraeus (Athens), Chios, Fournoi, Kavala, Lesvos, Limnos, Naxos, Paros, Samos.
You can now book ferry tickets online for Ikaria via Aktoploika.gr. If you plan to travel during July and August, it’s best if you have booked several days or weeks earlier to avoid hitches. You should also know that round-trip/return ferry tickets come with a considerable discount.
Although there are not enough bus itineraries in Ikaria, you will certainly find several taxis to take you wherever you want at reasonable prices while there are also rental agencies so you can rent the vehicle of your choice and travel with comfort around the island.
A universe itself!
It may be a part of the prefecture of Samos, together with Furnus and Samos, but Ikaria makes a universe itself. Swim in the same sea with the bottlenose dolphin, the striped dolfin and the Mediterranean seal, cross the verdant canyons, ranging from the slopes of the mountain Atheras, with two peaks up to 1,050 meters. Walk to the mainland but also to the striking coastal zone, on cobblestones, next to stone bridges, in coniferous forests, in churches and in unique stone houses, windowless, with a small low door because of the fear of pirates. These are just a few, indicative 'touches' of the island.
The island's capital and main port is Agios Kirykos, on the East side, built amphitheatrically, with the Cathedral, Saint Andreas, and the church of Saint Dimitrios with Katafigi, the hatch below the sanctuary, which hid the residents to be safe against pirates.
On the North side, Evdilos, the island's second port, lush, with picturesque houses and picturesque streets. On the hill you will see the castle of Nikaria, built in the 10th century A.C. by the Byzantines. Christ at Raches will surprise you with the perception of the inhabitants for the time. Everything is open only late at night until the morning! At Therma you will find the famous hot springs since ancient times. The municipality has built a cave, in which the visitor can have a hammam and Jacuzzi! Note also, the springs of Asklipios and Lefkada in Agios Kirikos and the sources of Apollo.
Look for the unique flavors on the island, and first of all the famous Ikaria's wine, known since antiquity. Three wineries on the island and small vineyards on terraces of the local varieties: fokianos and begleri. The camel meat of goat meat, the sufiko, with various vegetables, mushrooms, pickled snails and whatever can be cooked with balm mint (Lemon balm), fennel and poppy.
Don't miss the ikarian feasts with traditional music, the ikarian dance and the 'intent', the food offered at festivals. On August 6th, at Christ of Raches there is one of the biggest festivals of the island. On the 15th August, in Gialiskari, with rasko the island's famous wild goat and ikarian wine. In recent years, each summer the Icarus Festival is a meeting point for all visitors of the island.
Happy Holidays in Ikaria!!!