Iraklia is a beautiful small island in the Cyclades. It is an ideal place for the ones seeking serenity and relaxation on their holidays. You can enjoy scuba diving, swimming and good food on the island. The island is scenic with traditional little houses but also some rooms to let, taverns and bars. It is worth visiting the Agios Ioannis cave with the stalactites and the stalagmites, which is incredibly impressive. Moreover, take a walk at the old Castle, the church of the Mother of God and Prophet Ilias. The lovers of nature and hiking will find everything they are looking for in Iraklia. If you too want to spend unforgettable holidays in Iraklia, all you have to do is book your ferry tickets now.
The Iraklia Port
You can easily take a ferry from Piraeus and the surrounding islands to Iraklia. You can also book your ferry tickets online via aktoploika.gr for a more comfortable and carefree journey. It takes about 7 hours for a conventional ferry to reach Iraklia while a speedboat is there in 4 hours and 30 minutes. Agios Georgios, the Iraklia port, is one of the settlements of the island.
Connection With Other Islands
Iraklia has a ferry connection with the following ports: Piraeus (Athens), Amorgos, Donoussa, Koufonisia, Naxos, Paros, Schinousa.
You can now book ferry tickets online for Iraklia 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.
There is no public transportation in Iraklia and travelling on foot is very easy since the island is relatively small and has only one central road. There are no taxis either in Iraklia and to visit some beaches you can take some of the boats of the island.
It's pointless to search for any kind of vehicles in Iraklia, as there are no vehicles. The only way to move here, is walk, or, in some cases, rent a small boat, to take you to a beach, mostly for living the experience of sailing in a small vessel in the middle of Aegean Sea.
The simple beauty
In the beautiful Iraklia, you will meet two settlements, St. George's, which is also the island's port and Iraklia or Chora. The simplicity in buildings is the dominant feature and the one that gives an even more special beauty to the small island of the Cyclades. Although it's not a big island, will you have enough things to do and several places to visit. The ruins of the Venetian castle, Saint George and the cave of Saint John, with rich stalactite decoration, are just two of these places!
In Heraclia (Iraklia) you will swim in clear crystal waters and you will enjoy the sun, the endless sandy beaches and the beauty of nature. The golden sand beaches of Saint George, Vorini Spilia, Kolpos Livadi and the pebbled beaches of Tourkopigado, Karvounolakos, haven Mericha, are really amazing. The speedboat leaves from St George for the tour of the island, passes from the Bay of Tourkopigado where the homonymous beach lies. For those who have their boat, we should note that the passages are difficult and require attention. As for the beach of Heraclia, it has pebbles and the blue waters reflect the rays of the sun, creating unique and unforgettable images.
In Iraklia, as in most of the islands, the fresh fish have first place on the table and are cooked in various ways. Moreover, we suggest the delicious meletinia, which are small cheese pies with mizithra cheese, egg and sugar, the pitaridia, a kind of noodles and the lamb stuffed with rice, raisins and walnuts in the oven. Don't forget to taste the local beans that the island's farmers grow without pesticides and fertilizers.
- The most beautiful beaches on the island are Karvounolakkos and Alimia. And, as in most of the Cyclades islands' beaches, one can reach them only by sea.
- Visit the island's Castle. The course is magnificent and the path very easy.
- Agios Ioannis Cave has 20 mapped halls. If you can bend down on the first meters and you like intense experiences, this is one that you'll definitely talk about for years. Make sure to bring torches and water with you and don't overdo it, if you have respiratory problems. You'll need about 2,5-3 hours to see all 20 halls, and that's only in case you breath calmly and your group is small. There's limited oxygen, so do it only if you are in good shape.
- Free camping on Livadi beach. Free camping is officially prohibited, but the authorities are tolerant, as long as cleanness rules are followed.
- Even if staying here isn't in your plans, but you intend to visit the island just for a day, don't leave without having at least one lunch. The local taverns' hospitality and service will win your heart. Their menus will make you want to stay.
This is an ideal island for walking, as there are many paths and courses, hiding pleasant surprises. Make sure to have sneakers with you, to enjoy your walk.
The beaches aren't organized as the cosmopolitan ones in the rest of Cyclades islands. Some have small taverns, while you'll have to carry yourself anything you want in most of them.
Happy Holidays in Iraklia!!!