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Travel to ... Icaria (ikaria) island

Submitted by gioris on Mon, 08/25/2008 - 19:23.

Icaria belongs to the dodekanese islands complex of Eastern Aegean sea. Icaria is located to the west of Samos and its first name was Dolichi but it was finally named after the Greek Mythology hero Icarus, the first man that ever managed to fly according to the deadalus and icarus myth.

Much like other greek islands, icarias' climate is delightful and its landscape presents an admirable variety from steep rocks to beautiful beaches. Unlike many other greek islands though, Icaria has remained true to herself and to the ways of her people. It is said that times runs slower in icaria, and any visitor will confirm that it is true.

As a matter of fact, most shops in icaria are closed during the day, and only open after the sunset (and when i say everything, i mean everything). During the 15th august celebrations especially, everything is closed all day and night and the people gather to the various festivals of the island.

Ikaria's beaches are of great variety from secluded distant ones to cosmopolitan with great facilities. Icarian Sea is one of the cleanest in the world as it is obvious by its incomparable crystal limpidity. The most popular beaches are on the northern side of ikaria but there are also many beaches with sand or pebbles that are more or less easily accessible...

A visitor of ikaria will have the chance to see the statue of Icarus at Agios Kyrikos as well as the ancient temple of Artemis at Nas. Icaria was an important harbour of the ancient greeks, and many monuments still exists there, even though a large portion of them dissapeared during the German and Italian occupation of Icaria in the Second World War.

Another famous attraction of icaria are the hot mineral springs in the spa town of Therma. The spring is natural and said to have important therapeutical properties attracting many visitors every year.

i quarantee that the island can please all kind of different tastes.

Region: Dodekanese

Place: aegean, aegean islands, Agios Kyrikos, greek islands, ikaria, Therma

You will find here: Ancient monuments, Beach, Camping, Festivals and culture, Fishing

See also

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  • Aegina Nightlife

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  • Spetses

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  • Travel to ... Alonissos

    The island of Alonissos (or Alonnisos, as the greek spelling goes) is located on the north-western part of the Aegean Sea, and is part of the North Sporades island group. Quiet and out of the main tourist routes, Alonissos features unspoiled nature, crystal clear beaches and picturesque bays. The island is popular with sail boat travellers as its fiord-like coastline offers calm waters and privacy. As the seat of the first national marine park of Greece, Alonissos also attracts naturalists and volunteers who work toward the preservation of the Monachus-Monachus Mediterranean seal (monk seal).

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  • History of Spetses

    Sadly and unlike the rest of Greece, Spetses does not have much to offer in archaeological findings. The earliest evidence of man on Spetses comes in the shape of two Mesolithic flint spear-heads. These are thought to indicate a passing visit by hunters from the Fraghthi cave on the mainland who were searching for water. Spetses' first inhabitants appear to have been mostly just passing through, on their way from the Peloponnese to the Cyclades.

    Related places: aegean islands,Argo Saronic Gulf,Dapia,Greek Island,Spetses,sporades

Travel to Greece facts

- 15 International Airports
- 51 marinas
- 227 inhabited islands ( out of 6000 greek islands)
- 430 beaches awarded with the blue flag.
- 9,111 hotels with 693,252 rooms:

  • 176 5-star hotels
  • 994 4-star hotels
  • 1804 3-star hotels
  • 4460 2-star hotels
  • 1677 1-star hotels

- 752 spas.
- 17 Monuments of Cultural Heritage according to the UNESCO catalogue.
- 124 Museums

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Elounda, Crete

- : Autumn is the ideal season to visit Elounda. Elounda hotels and apartments are open untill mid-october and the whole experience is so much better after the summer...
- : Airplane to Heraklion Airport and bus to Aghios Nikolaos.
- : The airplane tickets cost depends on your departure site, the cost from Athens airport ranges from 60 to 140 Euros. The cost of the bus to Aghios Nikolaos is less than 10 euros and the bus from Aghios nikolaos to Elounda is less than 5 euros.
- : Choose a cosy little apartment over a large hotel.
- : ranging from 40 to 100 euros for two people per night.

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