10 Things to Do in Ikaria That You Shouldn't Miss

March 6, 2018 Diedre Savory

Icaria, also spelled Ikaria (Greek: Ικαρία), is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, 10 nautical miles (19 km) southwest of Samos. According to tradition, it derives its name from Icarus, the son of Daedalus in Greek mythology, who was believed to have fallen into the sea nearby.
Restaurants in Ikaria

1. Seychelles Beach

Magganitis 83302, Greece +30 697 700 7313
Excellent
65%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
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4.5 based on 302 reviews

Seychelles Beach

Reviewed By LedaMyk - Mykonos, Greece

It may be the best beach on Ikaria. The rock is impressive and the water is wonderful. Do not go in August. It is too crowded, you will not find any shade and will not enjoy the beauty of the beach.

2. Nas Beach

Greece
Excellent
56%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
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4.5 based on 160 reviews

Nas Beach

Reviewed By caratal - Adelaide, Australia

My son ran from armetitis to nas beach with the plan to meet us for a swim. When we arrived we wondered why he was not seated at the beach under an umberella. After the walk down the stairs we discovered why, he was a little shocked it was a nudist beach and as a 17 year old being at a nudist beach with your parents was a no go. On the plus side the water was beautiful, the view out to sea was lovely. Stair down steep and there is a rip so not a beach I would go to for swimming. Still worth the trip if you are not fazed by nudity.

3. Theoktistis Monastery

Near Pigi Village, Greece
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
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4.5 based on 103 reviews

Theoktistis Monastery

Reviewed By eva k - Athens, Greece

One of the most picturesque places on the island.Almost hidden among the rocks,this monastery was built in order to hide from the pirates.Now after the pilgrimage you can buy traditional greek food and local products in the small cafe near the monastery.You can eat them under the trees.

4. Afianes Wines

Profitis Ilias 83301, Greece +30 2275 040008
Excellent
79%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
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0%
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5 based on 42 reviews

Afianes Wines

Reviewed By Kate B - Canada

We arrived just before tourist season and had a wonderful tour with our friendly guide Konstantinos, who was happy to speak about the the history and operation of the winery for as long as we had questions. The tasting portions were generous and the winery boasts some ancient and sophisticated varietals! Don't miss it!

5. Yaliskari Beach

North Coast, Greece
Excellent
61%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 51 reviews

Yaliskari Beach

Reviewed By Anastasia M - Larnaca, Cyprus

Yaliskari is a charming fishing village built within pines. It was the homeland of Michalis Kastanias who fought by the side of Lykourgos Logothetis from the island of Samos during the Greek Revolution in 1821.
The beach is one of the best on the island as it is surrounded by a thick pine forest and boasts crystal-clear waters. However, on a windy day, beware of the big waves, which can be very dangerous, especially if you aren't a strong swimmer. Very close-by, there is Messakti Beach - the island's most cosmopolitan beach and the largest sandy beach on Ikaria. Another beautiful sandy beach nearby is Livadil situated a few steps away from Armenisti.
If you happen to be in Yaliskari, I recommend visiting Mandria, Lapsahades, Kastanies and Christos. Just take the turning to the left from Yaliskari.

6. Messakti Beach

Greece
Excellent
35%
Good
65%
Satisfactory
0%
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0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Messakti Beach

Reviewed By lestroispigeons - Great Milton, United Kingdom

We would walk to this beach via Yaliskari beach from Armenisits. As it was drawing to the end of the season it was very quiet. The waves are a bit wild and I wouldn't swim alone there but its a great beach all round.

7. Armenistis Beach

Armenistis, Greece
Excellent
84%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
0%
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5 based on 6 reviews

Armenistis Beach

Reviewed By Alec D - Seattle, Washington

This is a nice sandy beach on the north side of Ikaria. If you're driving on the north side of the island it's easy to find. The day I was there the waves were fairly big, but beautiful blue sky's.

8. Faros Beach

Agios Kirykos 83300, Greece
Excellent
25%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
37%
Poor
0%
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4 based on 8 reviews

Faros Beach

Reviewed By Alec D - Seattle, Washington

This beach is a short walk from the main part of Agios Kirykos. Both times I went the surf was fairly large.

9. Icarian Utopia

Kampos 83302, Greece +30 2275 031900
Excellent
100%
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0%
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5 based on 3 reviews

Icarian Utopia

Exhibition area of modern art

Reviewed By iiakovos - Thessaloniki, Greece

Right when you think you have experienced all there is to Kampos of Ikaria, you are invited to visit a gallery in the most magical place. Icarian Utopia is placed amongst all the elements that define the Greek Summer: warm sun, imposing Mountains, enchanting Gardens...MoreJust like opening the inside door of Ikaria!

10. Monastery of Evaggelismos Mounde

Near the village Kastanies, Kastanies 833 01, Greece
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
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0%
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Monastery of Evaggelismos Mounde

Reviewed By Saltpilgrim - Paros, Greece

Η Μονή Μουντέ βρίσκεται μετά το χωριό Χριστός, κοντά σε δύο άλλα χωριά με ονόματα Καστανιές και Καρυδιές. Γράφω τα ονόματα των χωριών γιατί είναι χαρακτηριστικά της εξαιρετικά πλούσιας φύσης της περιοχής. Μέσα σε μια κατάφυτη πλαγιά γεμάτη πεύκα αλλά και πολλά άλλα δέντρα συναντάμε τη Μονή. Αν και κτίσμα του 15ου αιώνα δεν έχουν μείνει πολλά στοιχεία εκείνης της εποχής στη σύγχρονη εικόνα της. Η περιοχή όμως είναι εντυπωσιακή και μια επίσκεψη εκεί θα σας δώσει την ευκαιρία να δείτε το μικρό φράγμα της περιοχής. Εκεί μπορείτε να απολαύσετε τη δροσιά των νερών και του καταπράσινου τοπίου, παρέα με τις απαραίτητες πάπιες που κάνουν τις βόλτες και τα μπάνια τους στη λίμνη του φράγματος. Ακόμη υπάρχει και μια καντίνα για να πιείτε κάτι ή να τσίμπησετε κάτι πρόχειρο. Οπωσδήποτε!

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