Ikaria is a place unto itself. Famous for living at it's own pace - here many shops, restaurants and cafes have their own opening hours decided by the daily whim of the owners - Ikaria has never been as hungry for the tourist dollar as the rest of Greece. Indeed the best places to stay on Ikaria are also very low key.
This is a heaven of old Greece. The island's main source of income is goat farming, and most folks here grow much of what goes onto their tables themselves. And the island is lush enough to make farming a relatively stress-free venture.
Instead of regular nightlife, this island celebrates its festivals with abandon. Between May and October they have between two and four events a week where islanders and visitors come together for all-night dancing, feasting (on goat), and potent red wine. These things contribute to the island's fame of having one of the world's highest life expectancies and best quality of life - it's in the top five.
Ikaria's interior is rugged, and explorations inland will discover a green landscape criss crossed by rivers, frequently diving down dramatic waterfalls or through craggy gorges.
Explorers who stick to the coast will find turquoise waters and wonderful cliff top views from which to enjoy some particularly spectacular sunsets.
As you might have guessed, Ikaria is named for Icarus. And there's a certain independence of spirit the island shares with this myth. This was also where communists were exiled during the Greek Civil War.
Ikaria doesn't have the best beaches in the Aegean, but that's quite a high bar. The best places to stay on Ikaria for beach lovers are near Armenistis or Agios Kirikos. Nas beach, near Armenistis harks back to the hippie era, while Seychelles beach, near Agios Kirikos has idyllic white sand and pebbles.
If you're here for the hot springs Agios Kirikos is the best place to stay on Ikaria. This is also where you can dive to the ruins of ancient Therma, which slid into the sea during an earthquake in 205BC.
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Good value hotel with few frills but bright and cheery rooms in an unbeatable location on the enchanting north coast of Ikaria, and within a ten minute walk to a large beach.