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Habitats

Ikaria is among Greek sites of great value as habitats and natural landscapes

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Δάσος Ράντη
Ikarian:The Forest Randi (or 'Gaia') is located in the central Ikaria, on the west side of the Sierra Atheras. It includes an area of about 16km², in an altitude up to 900m high, with steep geomorphology and constitutes 23% of the total forest area of Ikaria. It is a mature forest, whose age is estimated over 200 years and many of the older trees are more than 300 years old. It is one of the few remaining forests in the Eastern Mediterranean of this size and age. In the Randi Forest, there is a rare protected species of oak, the holm oak or holly oak or 'Aria' (Quercus ilex), which dates from the Miocene (5 million years old) and is a protected species. The Forest is perhaps the largest region in Greece, where there is no exploitation of this species. The Aria is an evergreen tree of 12 - 15m high or tall shrub and grows slowly. The presence of Aria in the Aegean islands is rare and occurs mainly as bush. Important risks for the Forest remain illegal logging, fires and overgrazing.
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Charales Canyon Trail
Ikarian:The estuary of the river Halaris is located about 2.5 km west - southwest of the village Armenistis, in Nas. It is a natural coastal wetland area of ​​19.9 acres. The torrent has a permanent flow almost all year-round with brackish water, it crosses the island in the direction from south to north and feeds mainly on small farmers scattered along the riverbed. The wetland is fed by fresh water from the dam of the artificial Lake Pezi, located 4 km upstream of the estuary. The wetland is located in an area desclared as a Site of Community Importance (code GR4120004), as a Special Protection Area (code GR4120005), as an Important Bird Area (code GR143) and A ' Archaeological zone (archaeological site under Raches), in the west where there is theTemple of Artemis. The wetland has a rare biodiversity of flora and fauna, as well as populations of many protected and endemic species. Some of them are Galanthus ikariae (plant only found in Ikaria), while presenting rich vegetation of reeds and trees of various species dominated throughout its length and oleanders, osier and lentisk. It also hosts a wide variety of birds, reptiles and amphibians, such as the Turkish lizard (rare protected species), the European eel (species that migrate from America for three years across the Atlantic ocean to reach the rivers of Ikaria), the otter (protected species), a rare species of freshwater crab and a benthic fish species of the genus Salaria, particularly important for the development of the zoogeographical freshwater fish fauna of Ikaria. The canyon also has a special meaning for many protected species of permanent and migratory birds such as the Falcon, the Egret and the Bittern, which traverse hundreds of miles seeking rest and feed in the wetland environment. The activities in the watershed are relatively mild, mainly grazing and cultivation. The major threats to the wetland resulting mainly from these two activities, are overgrazing and the intense irrigation of crops becomes uncontrollably by tires from the riverbed, thereby reducing the water level. Lately, another intense threat to the habitat, is the increased tourism during the summer months, since the beach of Nas is one of the best beaches in Ikaria. Coordinates: 37° 37' 18.281" N, 26° 3' 33.97" E
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Pezi
Ikarian:The Lake of the Dam in Pezi is located about 3.7 km southwest of the village Christos Raches. It is created by damming artificially the torrent Halaris, thus affecting the supply of fresh water in the estuary. It is an artificial interior wetland of an area of 110.1 acres, with a constant level of freshwater and medium biological value. The wetland is located within an area designated as a Special Protection Area of NATURA 2000(SPA-code GR4120005), as an Important Bird Area (with code GR143) and as a Landscape of Exceptional Natural Beauty. The activities in the wetland are limited, with predominant the intense grazing. The activities in the watershed are also mild, with dominant grazing and forestry. The habitat presents a rich vegetation around the lake, mainly arboreal rumble and pine trees, which dominate throughout its length and alder and lentisk. It also hosts a wide variety of birds, reptiles and amphibians. There is also, a smaller dam, located few kilometers away, near Laggada. Its natural beauty is unique!
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Agios Kirikos - Fourni
Ikarian:Ikaria-Fourni coastal zone GR4120004 (Natura 2000). Agios Nikolaos - River Ηalaris - Nas. Code: Site of Community Importance (SCI). On the south side of the island (Agios Nikolaos),calcareous rocky habitats with steep cliffs are found. In this area, a significant proportion of endemic flora of the island is located. Halaris is a constantly flowing river that crosses the island in the direction from south to north. Riparian clusters of plane surround the riverbed. An archaeological site, the temple of Artemis Tavropolos,` is located at the mouth of the river. Fanari Ikaria. Code:GR4120004 (NATURA 2000) and Site of Community Importance (SCI). Fanari includes many marine habitats. Specific types of habitats that characterize the open seas, are considered typical of the marine environment of the Mediterranean, with the main representatives of the sandy shores and Posidonia. The area is characterized also as CORINE Biotope with code Ag0030072. Fanari is the North Cape of Ikaria with steep cliffs and sandy beaches. The area is characterized by stability, as ecosystem. It is an important area for the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) and the Turtle (Caretta caretta). Basic threat of the biotope is illegal fishing. Mount Atheras and Plagia. Code: GR4120004 (NATURA2000) and Site of Community Importance (SCI). The mountain Atheras (highest peak 1.042 m) is bounded in the central part of the island and consists mostly of shales. The frequent presence of fog and cloud formations, create the highest relative humidity, even in summer. At points, the open type of vegetation is the result of grazing. The scrubs and few protected areas, show that the island was once covered with forests. It is also a biotope of CORINE with the code Ag0040069. The area is degrading slowly. The limestone cliffs host locally endemic plants. The region has sea caves, where Monachus monachus is found. Main threats to the region are grazing goats, arson (for improving pastures) and the expansion of the road network. The area presents a rich vegetation of rare plant species. It is an area of high importance for protection. It also hosts a wide variety of birds, reptiles and amphibians, such as Monachus monachus and Ikaria's Lizard (Lacerta oertzeni oertzeni). There are exceptional plants in these protected areas, such as Campanula hagielia,Centaurea raphanina mixta, Cephalaria squamiflora squamiflora, Corydalis integra,Dianthus elegans, Digitalis cariensis, Erysimum senoneri icaricum, Fritillaria bithynica, Galanthus ikariae ikariae, Hypericum cuisinii, Muscari macrocarpum, Onopordum majorii, Polygonum icaricum, Ptilostemon gnaphaloides pseudofruticosus, Ranunculus thasius, Scutellaria rubicunda ikarica and Verbascum ikaricum. These areas also host exceptional reptiles, amphibians and mammals, such as Monachus monachus, Myotis emarginatus, Rhinolophus blasii, Tursiops truncatus, Ablepharus kitaibelii fabichi,Agama stellio daani,Bufo viridis viridis, Coluber caspius, Cyrtodactylus kotschyi adelphiensis, Malpolon monspessulanus insignitus,Mauremys caspica rivulata,Ophisops elegans macrodactylus and Ophisaurus apodus thracius.
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Monuments

An island full of history! From edge to edge, you will see numerous monuments that capture the civilization of Ikaria

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Therma
Ikarian:Archaeological city of Therma. In a short distance, East of the present village of Therma, the ruins of the ancient spa town called Thermae, are detected. The city was famous throughout Greece and the coast of Asia Minor in ancient times, for the thermal capacity of the hot springs. From the ancient city, some parts of baths are preserved dating back to Greek and Roman times and the ancient aqueduct. Pottery fragments are kept in the Archaeological Museum of Agios Kirykos. The administrative center of Thermae must have been the village Katafygi, north from the present town of Therma, where parts of the acropolis are located, dating from the Neolithic period.The ancient Acropolis of Thermai is also called the Castle of Katafygi, located just outside the village Katafygi at an altitude of about 500 meters. Dating back to the Neolithic period, today remains of the Acropolis walls, fragments of Mycenaean pottery, and various other items from the Neolithic era to the Greco-Roman times, are preserved there. In the NE there is a spring, covered by the landing system. Inside the village's school, in a special exposition various findings of the citadel are presented as vases, a copy of tombstones, graves, farm tools, etc. During the Classical and Hellenistic periods, Thermai flourished because of the intensive exploitation of spas and residents were named 'Asclepius' in the 3rd AD century, since they were under the protection of the god of medicine Asclepius. According to studies, the baths were destroyed by a landslide, however extensive investigations, would bring more evidence to light. Information for visitors Access is not possible for people with reduced mobility. There are no toilets for the public at the archaeological site. There is no parking for private vehicles. There is no shop in the archaeological site. There are no organized visits. Entrance Free for all visitors. Access To reach the Archaeological city of Therma and the Castle of Katafygi, take the main asphalt road Agios Kirykos-Evdilos till Katafygi village. From there, go on foot through a path. Alternatively, you can go on foot from the beach Nealia and the main asphalt road Agios Kirykos-Faros. Access is only by private car, taxi or on foot. Coordinates: 37° 38' 21.794" N, 26° 18' 28.247" E
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Kampos
Ikarian:Archaeological site of Kampos. Visiting Hours Everyday 08:30-15:00 p.m. In the current area of Kampos, there are found the ruins of the ancient capital of the island, Oinoe. It was inhabited since the Mycenaean era to the late Roman and early Byzantine period and in the current archaeological site, there are the traces of the wall encircling the city. The visitor will also notice the ruins of Odeon, dating to Late Antiquity, which was manufactured with a built masonry and large bows. It is also worth visiting some post Roman Aqueduct, with important ruins of baths, reservoirs and water and sewage pipelines. There are also lacated the 'Palaces', which form an early Byzantine secular building. Recent researches, extended and mapped formely the archaeological site of Kambos and therein lies the homonymous archaeological museum and the church of Agia Irini. Information for visitors The archaeological site of Kambos coincides with the modern village of Kampos and the visitor can move around on it freely. Entrance Free for all visitors Contact details tel:+30 22750 31300 Kampos,83302 Ikaria Official Unit: 21st Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities Email: kaepka@culture.gr Access To reach the archaeological site of Kampos, take the main asphalt road Evdilos-Armenistis.Access is only by private car, taxi or on foot. Coordinates: 37° 37' 39.083" N, 26° 9' 29" E
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Koskina
Ikarian:Castle of Koskina. The Castle of Koskina is located near the village Kossoikia, few kilometers outside Evdilos, approximately in the middle of Ikaria. Located on a hill named Kefalas, with a spectacular view across all the island, also called the Castle of Nikaria. It used to be a protective fortification of Dolichi and its reputation as an impregnable fortress was spread everywhere. Built by the Byzantines in the 10th century, in order to have sight of the entire neighborhood and the sea routes of communication. The castle eventually fell into the hands of the Genovese, after betrayal, despite the fierce resistance of the inhabitants, even the women fought, as shown by studies. The attack and occupation of the castle was the period between 1362-1481, while the history of the castle still stands today in folk songs, most famous the "poem of the fall", which describes the conquest of the castle of Koskina by the Genovese. Today, there are preserved only some parts of the wall of the castle, while the interior is maintained by the church of St. George Dorganas, with aisled vaulted basilica, where inside are found the columns of ancient buildings. Information for visitors Access is not possible for people with reduced mobility. There are no toilets for the public at the archaeological site. There is no parking for private vehicles. There is no shop in the archaeological site. There are no organized visits. Entrance Free for all visitors. Access To reach the Castle of Koskina, take the main asphalt road Magganitis-Evdilos till Kossoikia village. From there, follow a dirt road for a few kilometers and then on foot through a rough path. Access is only by private car, taxi or on foot. Coordinates: 37° 35' 30.939" N, 26° 10' 22.485" E
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Perdiki
Ikarian:Castle of Perdiki. Visiting Hours Open all year outdoors. The Castle in the village Perdiki or otherwise Kefalas Castle or Castle of Lefa as the locals call it, is a few minutes outside the village of Perdiki in a spectacular hillside, a solid rock, the 'Kefala'. 'Access to it is a path that leads to Faros, passing through the village Skales, with old dilapidated houses from 1940 and the picturesque church of St. Savvas. All the houses reflect the unique traditional architecture, built in the form of 'hyto'. Information for visitors Access is not possible for people with reduced mobility. There are no toilets for the public at the archaeological site. There is no parking for private vehicles. There is no shop in the archaeological site. There are no organized visits. Entrance Free for all visitors. Access Access to the castle is only on foot. After following a dirt road from Perdiki, you can continue on foot towards Agia Paraskevi. Coordinates: 37° 40' 6.836" N, 26° 18' 40.315" E
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Kavo Pappas
Ikarian:Lighthouse of Kavos Papas. The Lighthouse of Kavos Papas (='Faros Papas') is located on the southwestern tip of the island of Ikaria and it is a property of the Greek government-Lighthouse Service of the Greek Navy. It was declared by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage in accordance with the provisions of Article 6 § 1b of Law 3028/2002. The protection of the cultural heritage is designed to preserve the historical memory and upgrading of the cultural environment of the residents of the island of Ikaria. It is also characterized as a Monument under the provisions of Article 6 § 2 of Law 3028/2002, the original mechanism of the lighthouse as an important technical and scientific evidence for the lighting systems of lighthouses in the late 19th century. According to the law, any action on the above building is prohibited (repairs, maintenance, addition) or any construction activity in the vicinity of this, without prior approval of the request by the Ministry. The Lighthouse was built between 1886 and 1890 by the French Company of Lighthouses during the Ottoman Empire. It defines one of the most difficult passages in the central Aegean, between Mykonos and Ikaria. It lit for the first time on 20 May 1890 and joined the Greek lighthouses network on April 9, 1915 shortly after the Balkan wars. For many years, the lighthouse was operated with a primary energy source oil. In 1933, it begun to operate with LED "bulbs by petroleum vapors". The provision complements a clockwork system of rotation, clock type, takes a piece from a bob so as to yield the characteristic flare. During the Second World War, the lighthouse was converted into an outpost of the Italians and stayed off and suffered heavy losses. It reopened in 1945 with a temporary placement of an automatic acetylene torch, while work began on repairing the damage completed at intervals in 1949, 1958 and 1979, with the installation of new lighting equipment. In 1980 the Lighthouse Papas converted into electricity, keeping the system oil as a backup, until October 2000, when it was fully automated. The focal height is about 75 meters and it is visible from 25 miles to feature a white flare at 20''. The height of the cylindrical tower is 11 meters and in order to reach it on top, someone has to climb 32 stone and 21 metal stairs. Access Access to the Lighthouse is only on foot. Take the main asphalt road Karkinagri-Evdilos, and follow a dirt road for a few meters and then continue on foot. Coordinates: 37° 30' 41.281" N, 25° 58' 44.388" E
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Temple of Artemis Tavropolos
Ikarian:Visiting Hours Open all year outdoors. The bay of Nas is located in the northwestern part of the island, few kilometers away from Armenistis. There was the ancient harbor, which extended from the coast to the deep gorge of Halaris. Between these two extremes there is not communication today, since the extension to the ravine had been artificially blocked by tree trunks from the first years of piracy, by the residents of neighboring Laggada for defensive purposes. So,on the side of the beach a lake is formed, while the ravine displays rich vegetation and creates a picture of an exotic beauty! Today, the ancient quay of the port is preserved and some iron headlands, where ships binded. Many items allow scholars to believe that Nas was also a main settlement of the island. It is believed that it got its name, from either the word 'Naos' (=temple) or from the word Ma, the name of the goddess Artemis in Asia Minor, whose worship came at Ikaria during the Minoan times. So, a temple dedicated to the goddess Artemis Tavropolos was built. The name Tavropolos or Tavrovolos shows the status of the goddess, as a fertilizing power of nature and decay, while the revered of the goddess is called Tavropolion. It seems that people worshiped a wooden statue (idol) of the goddess, which was believed to be heavenly sent and not human made. Tavropolion was one of the earliest shrines of Artemis in ancient times. Today, only ruins of the temple survive and particularly its floor. Scattered everywhere, marble ruins are found of calcified remnants of the old limekiln, which burned down the whole temple to become building material, when it began to expand Christianity and inhabitants started to create temples of the new religion. Information for visitors Access is not possible for people with reduced mobility. There are no toilets for the public at the archaeological site. There is no parking for private vehicles. There is no shop in the archaeological site. There are no organized visits. Entrance Free for all visitors. Access The archaeological site is outdoors, near the beach. Access to the site is by descending several steps from the main asphalt road, where one can leave his private vehicle. Coordinates: 37° 37' 18.342" N, 26° 3' 33.12" E
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Tower of Drakano
Ikarian:Visiting Hours Open outdoors everyday 08:30-15:00, except Monday and Sunday. The ancient city of Drakano, the homonymous Citadel and its Tower, in the current area of Faros (Fanari) at the eastern end of the island. The region coincides with the ancient hamlet (town) of Drakano and the most important monument saved there is the ancient round tower. Set on a cliff above an altitude of 50 meters, with a characteristic view to Fournoi and to Samos. It is a great work of art from a manufacturing point of view and is considered as one of the best preserved towers in the Aegean. The construction of the tower is dated back to Alexandrian times and its repair during the reign of Demetrius the Conqueror, from the 3rd century BC to the 4th BC century, according to recent studies. The tower is three storey, built with massive white marble plinths. The bricks are not held together with metal links, but on their own, while they look externally tiled.The rescued part has an outer diameter of about 8.4 meters and a height of 13 meters, while the total amount of the original estimated at 13.5 meters. You can distinct some stairs, used for communication between floors. Today, there are well preserved ruins of the Acropolis and part of the wall of the adjacent church of Agios Georgis. The full restoration of the tower has been completed recently, with a significant improvement in the structure and strength. Information for visitors Access is not possible for people with reduced mobility. There are no toilets for the public at the archaeological site. There is no parking for private vehicles. There is no shop in the archaeological site. There are no organized visits. Entrance Free for all visitors. Access The archaeological site is outdoors, near the airport in Faros.Vehicles stop on a road leading to Faros. Then follow, on foot, a path to the beach for about 25 minutes. Coordinates: 37° 41' 19.973" N, 26° 21' 45.633" E
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Holy Monastery of Annunciation of the Mother of God
Ikarian:Visiting Hours Everyday : 06:00 -20:00, Weekend : 06:00 - 20:00, Holidays : closed The Monastery of Evaggelismos (='the Annunciation') in Mounde is a real gem in Ikaria! It is located near the village Kastanies in Raches, in a green setting, which includes an artificial wetland with a small dam on the river Myrsonas, in the positition 'Vathes'. The monastery is dedicated to the Annunciation and is called Mounde or Monte. According to tradition, a family from Chios, named Mounde, gave financial support for the restoration of the monastery, so the monastery was named after them. Another tradition, says that the name Monte comes from the Italian word '' il Monte'', ie mountain, as the Italian conquerors called it, during the Italian-Greek war, because it is located in a mountain setting. This is a nunnery, built around 1460 AD, after a dream of an Ikarian believer, who followed the instructions of Virgin Mary and digged the earth to find the image of the Immaculate Conception. At that location, the first monastery was built. Later, a widening of the monastery took place and two other chapels were created, dedicated to the Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles and to the other to the Annunciation. Each small chapel has its own altar and its own main entrance. Inside the monastery, one can find numerous murals and old icons.The central wooden iconostasis of the monastery is remarkable. Architecturally, the church was designated as a three-aisled basilica. During the period 1947-1949 civil war, the monastery served as a sanatorium, treating over 120 political exiles tuberculous. The remains of some of them, are found in the courtyard of the monastery. Today, there is only one nun who lives there. Sacraments: Divine Service,in commemoration of political exiles, organized by local authorities every August. The monastery Evaggelistrias Mounde celebrates on March 25th, June 30th and August 15th. Access Leaving the village Kastanies and going towards to Maratho, above the main road, you can see on the monastery. Access is only by private car, taxi or on foot. Coordinates: 37° 36' 3.135" N, 26° 6' 25.73" E
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Theoktistis
Ikarian:he Monastery of Osias Theoktisti is located in Pigi village, near Kampos, on the north side of the island. It is a monastery dedicated to the Blessed Theoktiste from Molyvos, Lesvos, who according to tradition, is connected to Paros and Ikaria. It is not known exactly, when the monastery was built, but an inscription on it, indicates that the monastery operated in 1688, when its hagiography took place. Today, no monks live in the monastery. From an architectural standpoint, the monastery consists of: the Catholic (i.e. the main temple where all the monks were gathered), fifteen cells that work as hostels and various auxiliary spaces. The Catholic architectural belongs to the type of aisled, barrel-vaulted basilica and has several murals.These murals refer to Cretan painting. Tradition says, that the painter Pantelis Hatzis, reader from Chios and one assistant of him, took the painting up to the monastery. A little further from the main temple, you can visit the Chapel of Theoskepasti, formed in an impressive way, inside a cave, which on top is covered with a rock. Perhaps one of the most impressive chapel in the world!According to local tradition, the inhabitants carried the remains of Osias Theoktistis from the Catholic sanctuary, inside the cave and formed the area as a chapel. Inside the cave old carved iconostasis is preserved, dating from around 1894. The chapel accepts a great number of visitors, from all over the world, eager to see the impressive sight. The Monastery Osias Theoktistis celebrates on 9 November, but the first Sunday of September, there is a procession of the relics of Osias for visitors. Access The Monastery is located in the village Pigi, below the main road Avlaki-Pigi. Access is only by private car, taxi or on foot. Coordinates: 37° 37' 2.005" N, 26° 8' 16.503" E
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Museums

Meet the folk tradition of the island and the lifestyle of Ikarians in the past.

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Archaeological Museum Ikaria
Ikarian:The Archaeological museum of Agios Kirykos is located in the capital of the island and is housed in the Old Gymnasium of Agios Kirykos. A real gem for Ikaria! The building is listed and forms a masterpiece of neoclassical architecture dating from 1925, with feature gables, stucco, a marble staircase leading to the main entrance and a big front yard. The building is two storey and was first constructed by expatriates Ikarians of America, but recently it has been totally renovated. In the first floor,showrooms with the Archaeological collection and with periodic exhibitions are housed.In the collection, findings of Archaic and Classical periods are kept, including pots, jars, tools, coins and utensils found in excavations in the surrounding area, in the ancient city of Drakano, but also in shipwrecks. The ground floor contains the necessary administrative facilities, a conservation laboratory of antiquities and other modern facilities.Tel: +30 22750 23878 Email: efasam@culture.gr
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Archaeological Museum of Kambos (Ancient Oinoe)
Ikarian:The Archaeological Museum of Kambos (ancient Oinoe) is located on the hill of Agia Irini, preached within the archaeological site. This is essentially an one-room collection, summarizing findings, as vases and statues from the site of ancient Oinoe, Frandato, Arethousa and Petropouli. Noteworthy are the gems of graves from the cemetery of the ancient city, emerging therein. Particularly important is a marble sarcophagus of the Late Antiquity, with featured embossed decorations, which is located in the churchyard of Agia Irini, next to the archaeological collection. Entrance Free for all visitors Information for visitors Access to the Museum is served by stairs and there is no ramp for people with mobility problems. There are no toilets for the public. The Museum does not have a parking plot for private vehicles. There is not a shop inside the museum. There are no guided tours organized visits. Contact details Kampos,83302 Ikaria Tel.:+30 22750 32935 Official Unit 21st Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities Tel.: +30 22730-62811, +30 22730-62813 Email: efasam@culture.gr Access To reach the archaeological site of Kambos, take the main asphalt road Evdilos-Armenistis. Access is only by private car, taxi or on foot. Coordinates: 37° 37' 37.859" N, 26° 9' 29.309" E
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Beaches

The best beaches in Ikaria Island

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Paralia Mesakti
Ikarian:Messakti is one of the best and most famous Ikarian beaches, one you shouldn’t miss! The small Myrsonas river flows into the sea there, after creating a green wetland. Tip! The beach is too long, with fine golden sand. It is very busy during summer and ideal for young children! It is organised with umbrellas and sun loungers. A beach bar serves cold drinks and snacks. Messakti is ideal for surfing! Access Access is by walking several steps down from the main asphalt road, where private vehicles can be left.
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Seychelles Beach
Ikarian:The aquamarine of Ikaria! A real gem in the south! One of the most beautiful Ikarian beaches that you shouldn't miss! Created several years ago by a landslide, caused by the opening of a tunnel to build the road serving the village of Magganitis, this is an "exotic" beach, as its name suggests: blue waters, white sands and impressive white cliffs create a magical vista! It has become very famous in recent years. Near the beach are several cafes, restaurants and rooms to let. The beach consists of pebbles and sand and is not organised. It has many underwater caves waiting to be explored. Ideal for couples and young people. Tip! Don’t forget your mask for diving on the seabed and of course jumping around the big white granite rocks! Access Leave the car on the main road in an outdoor parking lot. The beach is accessed only on foot after a walk of 7 minutes from the main road along a rough path and descent. Caution and sturdy shoes are required for this difficult walk,
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Livadi Beach - Armenistis
Ikarian:Livadi beach is also on the north coast, between Armenistis and Messakti beaches. It is among the best Ikarian beaches, with fine golden sand thoughout, ideal for young children! The nice atmosphere on the beach is enhanced with lush vegetation around it and a small lake formed by a small stream from the mountains. Tip! The beach is very popular, crowded and organised with umbrellas and sun loungers. A snack bar works on it during summer. Suitable for water sports. Behind the beach, many lodgings and restaurants cater to serve numerous visitors. Access Access is by walking from the main asphalt road, where private vehicles can be left.
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Nas Beach
Ikarian:Nas, with about 50 residents, lies about 3.5 kilometres west of Armenistis on the north coast. Based on abundant evidence, scholars believe that Nas was a key ancient settlement. Its name derives from either the word 'Naos' (=temple) or the word Ma, as the goddess Artemis was called in Asia Minor, worshiped in Ikaria during Minoan times. A temple named Tavropolion was dedicated to her. The name Tavropolos or Tavrovolos signifies the capacity of the goddess as fertilizing power of nature and decay and protector of the navigators, while the temple for the goddess is called Tavropolion. The ancient harbour has been found, extending from the coast deep into the canyon loose. There is now no connection between these two edges, since the extension to the ravine. Inhabitants of neighbouring Laggada blocked it with tree trunks as a defence against pirates. This formed a lake on the side of the beach, while the ravine displays lush springs and creates a picture of exotic beauty.
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Paralia Kerame
Ikarian:Kerame (or Kerameio) near Evdilos on the north coast is one of two Ikarian beaches with the same name. The other is near Faros in the south. Tip! The beach has fine golden sand and it is not organised. A good choice for families with small children. During the summer, it can be crowded and parking could be a problem. Access Access is on foot after leaving the private car, a few meters off the main road.
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Kampos Beach
Ikarian:Kampos is known for Oinoe, its ancient Ikarian capital, and its archaelogical site. The large homonymous, all-sand beach is also very famous among tourists. It is organised with umbrellas and sunbeds. Tip! It is very popular among families with young children. But frequent strong sea currents can make swimming difficult. To alert bathers to the danger special markers are sometimes placed in sea to define the bathing area. Don't forget to take your rackets and your ball for beach volley! Access Access is easy by private car, taxi or local bus from the main road of the island, you turn off the main road to Kampos.
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Paralia Faros
Ikarian:One of the most popular touristic villages in the south, Faros (or Fanari) is located at the eastern end of the island, some 13 km from Agios Kyrikos and connected to the main road. It takes its name from the lighthouse ('Faros') that existed on the cape. In ancient times it was called Drakano. A few kilometres from the village centre stands the restored Tower of Drakano, which was used as a lighthouse and as a military watchtower. According to Greek mythology, Drakano was the land where god Dionysus was born. Faros has the largest southern beach, with sand and pebbles, which gets very crowded in summer by local and foreign tourists of all ages. There are also many restaurants, taverns, cafes and many lodgings. Access is from the main asphalt road from the airport or Agios Kyrikos. The nearby airport connects Ikaria with Athens International Airport as well as other Greek cities and islands, e.g. Thessaloniki, Limnos and Heraklion, mainly in summer.
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Villages you must visit

Big villages you must visit so as to discover the real Ikaria island

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Armenistis
Ikarian:Armenistis is one of the most popular seaside destinations on the north coast. It has wonderful combination of rural and sea scapes, and is best known for its two long and sandy beaches, Livadi and Messakti, loved by tourists of all ages. It has many taverns, restaurants and plenty of lodgings. A small picturesque bay and a pedestrian area, with all the tourist shops, create a stunning holiday image. Tip! The village has several lodgings and tavernas, serving traditional Greek food.
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Raches
Ikarian:The village that never sleeps! The largest in the north, essentially a second centre of the island, containing its third high school. It has more than 300 permanent residents, is sparsely populated through a dense forest and manages to keep its traditional architecture. The village has become known to visitors for the night life of its residents and the business hours of stores that open late at night, making the village famous for "Ikarian time". The paved square with the imposing church in the centre attracts summer crowds, who sit in cafes relishing local delicacies during the day and enjoying themselves in local bars in the evening. In the square you will find a workshop with homemade desserts, made with great care by the local "women's association of Raches", leading the visitor on a journey of delights! There are also traditional shops for souvenirs and gravures of Ikaria of another era! On August 6th the village organises one of the biggest feasts of the island in hono
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Evdilos
Ikarian:"Evdilos" means visible, eye-catching. On the north coast, it is the second port of Ikaria. For a short period (1834-1912) it was the capital of the island, before Agios Kirykos. Built amphitheatrically, it is the central point of the north, containing several public authorities, banks or branches. Though meeting modern requirements, the little town has preserved its traditional architecture. A feature are old mansions evoking a sense of elegance and refinement. The visitor can roam cobblestone streets connecting neighbourhoods and relax with a coffee or cold drink in seaside taverns, cafés and bars. Tip! As the gateway to all the northern villages, Evdilos is an ideal destination for exploring the north.
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Karavostamo
Ikarian:Karavostamo is a northern seaside village. Locals also call it "Karavostassi" because it used to be an important anchorage for ships. It is one of the largest and most modern Ikarian villages, with more than 400 inhabitants. The village is surrounded by lush vegetation and running waters, with "Halica" the most dominant spring. A feature custom of the village is 'Afanos' at Easter, when the burning pile takes place. The village has strong cultural elements and its inhabitants still maintain some customs in everyday life, such as drying figs under the sun, producing and storing onions and producing nuts. The village also maintains a "Kamini" where charcoal is produced, one of the few such furnaces still working in Ikaria, which used to be known throughout the Aegean for its production of charcoal. The village feast is on August 17th. Tip! The village has several old watermills still used by locals. They can be found in the river Aris that reaches the beach through a thick
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Agios Kirykos
Ikarian:It is the main port of the island. Therein lies the main port police and it mainly serves the south side of the island. Always worked and works as one of the two main ports of the island, along with that of Evdilos and serves daily ferries to and from Ikaria, as a stopover on the final destination of the ship for Samos and Piraeus. Linked with other islands and ports serving commercial vessels coming to the island. Located in Agios Kirykos, a few meters from the center of the capital, with its shops, accommodations, restaurants and most public services . It is 12 kilometers from the airport of Ikaria located in Faros. Next to the harbor, marina and harbor, which serves small and larger vessels, boats, and fishing boats.
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Therma
Ikarian:Ikaria's abundant therapeutic radioenergized springs have been identified as amongst the best in the world in terms of healing qualities, radioenergy & temperature variance & water supply, and are particularly effective in treating a multitude of ailments and skin diseases because they can accommodate many different forms/strengths of therapy. Since the 1st century B.C. Therma, Ikaria has been a known center for hydrotherapy as evidenced by numerous references in historical texts and by the presence of archeological remains of ancient baths and facilities such as the Roman baths in ancient Therma. Today, Therma is still the principal region on Ikaria for organized hydrotherapy.
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Magganitis
Ikarian:Magganitis in the southwest is one of the most picturesque coastal villages. Impressive granite rocks and rich vegetation immediately enchant the approaching visitor. It is one of the largest Ikarian villages, amid lots of olive, pine and other trees. Noteworthy is the only tunnel on the island, built to link Magganitis to the rest of the island. It was constructed in the early 90s. There are scattered taverns, café bars and rooms to let. The village has three beaches: Fyrodi, the oldest; Gialos, beside the picturesque harbour; and, of course, the magnificent Seychelles. Seychelles is perhaps the most exotic beach on the island whose light blue water has made the village famous. After swimming, eat or drink your coffee in nearby restaurants. Access is by road from both Agios Kirykos in the south, Evdilos in the north and by a southern boat service connecting Agios Kirykos, Magganitis and Karkinagri. An ideal destination for lovers of silence, combined with the wild beauty of nature. Tip! South of Manganitis in a depth of 18 metres lies a German light bomber in excellent condition, which was shot down in a dogfight for the capture of the Kavos Papas lighthouse in Karkinagri (accessible only by boat).
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Local Feasts

Ikarian panygiria (village festivals)!

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Lagkada
Ikarian:Throughout the year all Ikarian villages put on feasts to mark religious and some non-religious holidays. Raskos (boiled goat meat), Ikarian wine, live music, fun, folks dancing the traditional Ikariotikos ('Ικαριώτικος') to a song originating in Ikaria, passionately singing along, laughing, hugging...... partying till the early hours! These are Ikarian panygiria (village festivals)! For a memorable taste of the Ikarian people’s culture and to exhilarate your soul you need to immerse yourself in at least one. Here’s a list of all of them, where they’re held and which religious feast or other event they commemorate. The list is not chiselled in stone. Usually it’s announced days prior which feasts are actually going to happen. Here is a list: January 7 Agios Ioannis Prodromos Proespera January 25 Agios Grigorios Glaredo January 30 Τhree Hierarchs Xylosyrtis February 10 Agios Charalambos Kalamos February 23 Agios Polykarpos Agios Polykarpos March 25 Annunciation of Virgin Mary/'Evaggelis
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Icaria
Ikarian:Ikarian Festivals list No2 Monday of Easter Agios Georgios Amalou, Tsouredo, Negia Friday of Easter Zoodochou Pigis Agios Polykarpos, Christos (Ag. Kirykos) May 1 May Day Mavrianou May 5 Agia Irini Kampos May 14 Agios Isidoros Agios Isidoros (Raches), May 21 Agios Konstandinos and Eleni Avlaki not fixed Agiwn Panton Droutsoulas, Trapalou June 12 Agiou Pnevmatos Kastanies June 24 Agios Ioannis Prodromos Christos (Raches) June 29 Agios Petros and Pavlos Steli June 30 Dodeka Apostoloi Pezi July 1 Agioi Anargyroi Karavostamo, Therma July 7 Agia Kyriaki Fles in Evdilos July 15 Agios Kirykos Ekso Plagia July 17 Anniversary of Ikarian Revolution of 1912 Agia Marina Agios Kirykos, Katafygi, Arethousa July 20 Profitis Ilias Miliopo, Kossoikia, Pigi, Glaredo, Vrakades, Profitis Ilias, Karydies July 26 Agia Paraskevi Agia Paraskevi (Faros), Petropouli, Karavostamo, Karkinagri July 27 Agios Pandeleimonas Agios Pandeleimonas (Agios Kirykos), Feidos (Evdilos), Myrsonas (Raches)
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Ikaria municipality
Ikarian:Ikarian Festivals list No3. August 3 Agios Dimitrios (Raches) August 6 Metamorfosi tou Sotiros Christos (Raches), Kalamos, Christos (Agios Kirykos), Okse, Frandato, Dafni, Stavlos August 8 Mandria August (not fixed) Proespera August (not fixed) Magganitis August 9 Negia August 10 Faros August 12 Karres (Raches) August 15 Assumption of Virgin Mary Kamba (Agios Kirykos), Panagia (Agios Kirykos), Perdiki, Monokambi, Gialiskari, Kouniadoi, Laggada, Akamatra, Kossoikia, Chrysostomo August 17 Karavostamo August (not fixed) Negia August (not fixed) Panikarioi Competitions Evdilos August 24 Progressive Club of Vrakades Vrakades August 27 Agios Fanourios Agios Dimitrios (Raches), Agios Pandeleimon (Agios Kirykos), Maratho, Vrakades, Avlaki (local fish fair) August 29 Agios Ioannis the Faster Mavrato, Proespera September 8 Birthday of Virgin Mary Kerame (Faros), Plagia, Ploumari September 17 Agia Sofia Kambos, Monokambi September 20 Agios Efstathios Arethousa
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Activities

Ikaria is ideal for alternative activities, for nature walks, diving, cycling, and surfing.

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Ikaria Surf School
Ikarian:Surfing is an exciting water sport that offers fun, fitness and body toning. Ikaria has ideal weather conditions (high frequency and rippling in suitable size) to practice, but also to educate yourself in this sport! In recent years, during the summer months, the island attracts many Greek and foreign tourists are rushing to enjoy the waves of the Ikarian Sea. Every year, surf events and lessons for younger surfers are organised. Mostly, in the beaches of North Ikaria, Messakti and Livadi, you can enjoy the waves from spring to autumn. Ready to clash with nature? Come to Ikaria to show your skills in surfing .... Visit Ikaria Surf School at Messakti beach, for more information. https://www.ikariasurfschool.com/
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Icaria
Ikarian:Mountain Climbing & Hiking club Ikaria. https://www.flickr.com/photos/angeloska/sets/72157608623010426/. The natural beauty of Ikaria is indescrible! Due to the geomorphology of the island, mountainous with steep cliffs and ravines, invites you to discover the wild beauty that hides. Except, the water sports, lovers of adventure and of the mountain climbing can explore Papoutsokryftis until Atheras and the other mountains of the island, and to experience the magic of the wild nature in Ikaria. Ikaria also works Hiking and Climbing Club, with an activity and a great experience, that will help you get to know more about the island of Icarus safely.
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Ikaria Diving Center and Watersports
Ikarian:On the broader sea area of the island, you can enjoy your favorite hobby. Both on the north and the south side, the beach lovers will be satisfied to the fullest, and adrenaline will hit red. Ideal setting for diving and sorkelling is the south side, in the vicinity of Faros, Agios Kirykos and in Magganitis, due to weather conditions in the region, biodiversity, bottom morphology, sea caves and shipwrecks. Grab your gear and come to the island to explore the marine wealth hidden in the vast Icarian Sea. We are waiting for ..... many dives ! For more information on diving in Ikaria, please visit Ikaria Diving Center at Therma. ( https://www.facebook.com/Ikaria.diving.center.and.watersports/)
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Dolihi Tours Office Armenistis
Ikarian:The DOLIHI TOURS is a travel agency with experience and knowledge in tourism. Active in Ikaria the last 30 years based in Agios Kirykos and branches at Therma and Armenistis. It is the first office that brought organized tourism on the island , while working with major tourism organizations in Europe and America groups of universities (incoming). It offers contemporary -owned coaches and mini - buses , to ensure safe and reliable transportation throughout Ikaria Main activities of the agency are : Friendly & Efficient Service Private Coach, Mini-bus,Taxi Transfers Rent a Car Services Tailor made holiday programs Island Full Day or Half Day trips Thematic Tours & Festivities Icarian Food & Wine tours Local farming/cooking lessons Art Painting Holiday groups Private Island Exploration Panijiri(Traditional Festival)Transfers Private & Group Boat Trips & Cruises Shiping/Marine Services Our office consists of an organized group of multilingual professionals with knowledge of tourism, able to provide all the necessary services to organize your holidays in Ikaria. Trust Dolihi Tours to organize your travel and your tour on the island of Icarus! dolichi@otenet.gr [+30] 22750 23230 [+30] 22750 71474 [+30] 22750 22068 [+30] 22750 71122 [+30] 6974176551 [+30] 22750 22346 [+30] 22750 71340
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Icarian Sea
Ikarian:http://www.ikariatours.com/ Experience The Best of Ikaria's Nature, Traditions & People. Book A Multi-Day All Inclusive Holiday or Individual Day Tours & Activities. Stargazing Evening Hiking/Walking Tours Cycling/Mountain Biking Island Tours Jeep Safari Waterfalls Tour Kayaking/Snorkeling Trip Sailing Day Trip Ikarian Dinner Evening Winery/Farm Visits Ikarian Cooking Class
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Car rental companies

Rend a car to see the beauties of Ikarian island

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MAV Car Rental
Ikarian:Evdilos village mav-cars@hol.gr [+30] 22750 31036 [+30] 6932908944 [+30] 22750 31846
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Auto-Moto Ikaros
Ikarian:Evdilos village moto.ikaros@yahoo.com [+30] 22750 31919 [+30] 6980039787
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Lemy Rent a Car
Ikarian:Armenistis village lemy@otenet.gr [+30] 22750 23230 [+30] 6983418878 [+30] 22750 71340
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Icarian Wheels car rental
Ikarian: Agios Kirikos https://icarianwheels.gr/ info@icarianwheels.gr (+30) 6981761536
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Super markets

Shop for everything you need for the house

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Tsantiris, G., Sole Shareholder Co. Ltd
Ikarian:Everything you may need for your stay at Ikarian Endless Blue. Armenistis village Google maps Link https://goo.gl/maps/maZiDxQGELS66m2W6
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Franchise Sklabenitēs
Ikarian:Everything you may need for your stay at Ikarian Endless Blue. After Kampos village. Google maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/DGkjVp43uYRgcbSp9
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Public information infrastructure and security

Useful information regarding the island

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Ikaria municipality
Ikarian:Ikarias Hospital (Ag.Kirykos) 2275022236 – 2275 350200 Health Center (Evdilos) 2275031228 Health Center (Raches) 2275041242 Karkinagrio Health Center 2275091201 Pharmacy (Agios Kirykos) 2275023990, 2275022212 Pharmacy (Evdilos) 2275031394, 2275033006 Pharmacy (Campos) 2275032985 Pharmacy (Raches) 2275041352 Pharmacy (Yaliskari)2275071271 Ikaria Mineral Springs & Thermal Spas Baths "Apollo" Therma 2275024049 Baths 'Cave' Therma 2275024048 Transportation – Agencies Airport (Pharos) 2275022981 Port Agiou Kirykou 2275022207 Port Evdilos 2275031007 Piraeus Port Authority 2104511311 Agency Nel Lines Agios Kirikos 22750-22426 Agency Nel Lines Evdilos 22750-23322 / 23 Agency Hellenic Seaways - Evdilos 22750-32931,32933 Olympic Aviation Agency - Evdilos 2275031990 services Greek Post Evdilos 2275031225 Forest Service (Raches) 2275041560 Civil Protection Police Department Agiou Kirykou 2275022222 Police Department Evdilos 2275031222
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Icaria
Ikarian:List No2. Police Department Raches 2275041222 Fire Agios Kirikos Service 2275022784, 2275022607 Raches Fire Service 2275041199, 2275041045 banks National Bank Agios Kirykos 2275022894 Alpha Bank Agios Kirykos 2275022264 Alpha Bank Evdilos 2275032900 Agricultural Bank Agios Kirykos 2275022387 MUSEUMS IKARIA ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM KAMBOS 22750.31300 ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION Agiou Kirykou 22750.31300
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Personal information

Ikarian Endless Blue contacts - House rules

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Wanderguide
Ikarian Endless Blue
Ikarian:You can communicate any time you want. Christos Diakoumis +306948073847 (WhatsApp: 306948073847) George Diakoumis +30 6972103732 Roula Diakoumi +30 6976401545 Email: chris.diakoumis@gmail.com www.facebook.com/Ikarianendlessblue/ www.instagram.com/ikarian_endlessblue/ House rules: - Smoking is prohibited at Ikarian Endless Blue. -Do not throw trash or paper toilet in the toilette. ( Greek sewage pipes are 2 inches (50mm) diameter. ... The Greek pipes just get clogged ) -Young children to be accompanied by adults in the pool. WIFI: NAME: Tp-link_3b5a Code:42269465
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Wanderguide map

  1. Thea's Restaurant & Rooms
  2. Tavern Nas
  3. Anna's Fish Tavern
  4. Zeúkin
  5. Atsachas Rooms and Restaurant
  6. Carte Postale
  7. Mary Mary
  8. Tavern Paschalia
  9. Bainto Restaurant Tavern
  10. to kioupi
  11. Ο Κιαλάρης
  12. Το Δειλινό
  13. Δάσος Ράντη
  14. Charales Canyon Trail
  15. Pezi
  16. Agios Kirikos - Fourni
  17. Therma
  18. Kampos
  19. Koskina
  20. Perdiki
  21. Kavo Pappas
  22. Temple of Artemis Tavropolos
  23. Tower of Drakano
  24. Holy Monastery of Annunciation of the Mother of God
  25. Theoktistis
  26. Archaeological Museum Ikaria
  27. Archaeological Museum of Kambos (Ancient Oinoe)
  28. Paralia Mesakti
  29. Seychelles Beach
  30. Livadi Beach - Armenistis
  31. Nas Beach
  32. Paralia Kerame
  33. Kampos Beach
  34. Paralia Faros
  35. Armenistis
  36. Raches
  37. Evdilos
  38. Karavostamo
  39. Agios Kirykos
  40. Therma
  41. Magganitis
  42. Lagkada
  43. Icaria
  44. Ikaria municipality
  45. Ikaria Surf School
  46. Icaria
  47. Ikaria Diving Center and Watersports
  48. Dolihi Tours Office Armenistis
  49. Icarian Sea
  50. MAV Car Rental
  51. Auto-Moto Ikaros
  52. Lemy Rent a Car
  53. Icarian Wheels car rental
  54. Tsantiris, G., Sole Shareholder Co. Ltd
  55. Franchise Sklabenitēs
  56. Ikaria municipality
  57. Icaria

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