Ikaria

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Ikaria

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Extraordinary Uniqueness

Messakti Village

MESSAKTI VILLAGE is situated on one of the most beautiful seashores in the Mediterranean Sea. It is a traditional settlement organized and managed as a modern holiday resort which reflects all the pure and authentic beauty characteristic of the Ikarian & Aegean culture.
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Ikaros Star Hotel

The Ikaros Star hotel is set amidst a peaceful and romantic pine forest overlooking the Aegean Sea. The hotel’s architecture and materials follow the Ikarian style and are in harmony with the surrounding environment.
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Erofili Beach Hotel

The Erofili Beach Hotel is located in the picturesque fisherman’s village of Armenistis,Ikaria next to the delightful beaches of Livadi and Messakti.(considered to be the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean Sea.)
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Cavos Bay Hotel Studios

Cavos Bay is built in a genuine Architecture style, in six tiers on the picturesque Bay of Armenistis Village in the North coast of IKARIA. Only the sea dashed rocks provided a barrier to the Aegean Sea with all the verandas of the rooms, the restaurant and the pool area.
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Filiopi Hotel

Furnished Air-Conditioned Hotel Studios accommodating 2-4 persons, each with private bath, full kitchen, sea/mountain view balcony, hairdryer & iron, telephone, satellite TV, toaster,coffee machine, & in room safe.
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It is understandable how Ikarus fell to the ground as the view is certainly a distracting sight as seen from the plane as you fly over. This remote and still largely undiscovered island in the north-east Aegean is most popular for its hot springs found on the south coast, reputed to cure rheumatism and arthritis, it is claimed some of the springs cure infertility.

In the town of Nas you will find the ancient temple of Artemis daughter of Zeus, the Hellenic goddess of forests and hills. In Hellenistic times Artemis assumed the role of Eileithyia the goddess of childbirth and midwifery. If Greek mythology is to be believed, the unwitting visitor may return home with more than they bargained for!

The divine strong red wine made from pramian grapes is a tasty alternative to the ubiquitous Ouzo. Be sure to take a few bottles home as the Ikarian’s keep every last bottle to them selves, you won’t find it sold anywhere else in the world. The inland of Ikaria is surprisingly lush with pine forests, olive and lemon groves. There are stunning ravines, making the landscape a verdant fertile delight.

The statue of Icarus can be found at the town of Agios Kyrikos. The Greeks believe that Ikaria owes its name to Ikarus son of Daedalus meaning “cunning worker”, it is believed Icarus fell unto the waves while flying, when the sun melted the wax which was holding the wings on his shoulders.

Ikaria’s interior is as striking as its coastline. In the south there are the boulder-strewn mountain ranges of Atheras. The charming Theoktsitis monastery is nearby and noteable as its’ built into the hillside, the gargantuan stone slabbed roof leaves many a visitor in awe. Head for the ancient picturesque village of Langada home to the notoriously riotous panayiri feast day.

For the beach lovers there are a number worth dropping in on. Two can be found in Armenistis, they are well organized and blessed with white grainy sands. The azure waters obligingly lap over white pebbled shores and rush into the romantic caves. There is also the Seychelles beach you can reach it by a 15 minute clamber down the rocks and like its Indian Ocean namesake it is truly breathtaking.

For the perfect ending to your day head for Nas, the up market bohemian settlement west of Artemistis. This is certainly the place to enjoy the sun setting over the Aegean Sea, find yourself a taverna there are a number to chose from and soak up the views of the exquisite canyon where a mountain stream trickles into a pebbly cove. No body seems particularly interested in making money here, prices are geared to suit the local pocket as opposed to fleecing the visitors.

Getting to the island can be tricky, the airport is located on the remote eastern tip, which means on arrival you will have to navigate a hairy stretch of road. Most visitors fly into nearby Samos and then take the ferry to Evdilos; this is the preferred route of the locals too. However you reach the island of Ikaria you will be assured of a warm welcome, even by the usual affable Greek standards.