Let’s have a closer look at the major Ikaria villages, understanding their uniqueness and special place on the island. You will definitely fall in love with them!
First and foremost, Agios Kirikos is the capital of Ikaria. It is located on the southeastern part of the island, reaching the shores. The village was established more than 300 years ago, when the locals dedicated the place to Saint Kirikos. Its privileged location has allowed it to boast smooth accessibility to the land and sea, gathering many islanders to the old mansions and the traditional neighborhoods. In the area, you will also find many accommodation options, shops and entertainment. The hot spring of Asclepius, the main square with the picturesque cafeterias (called kafenia), the blue domed church devoted to the local Saint, the Folklore Museum are just few of the attractions that will captivate you.
Moving forward with Ikaria villages, Armenistis is another special place to be. Located on the northern part of Ikaria, this is a small fishing village worth exploring. There are only 70 inhabitants in the village, but each and every single one is important! The endless blue is what characterizes Armenistis, having transformed the area into a popular destination by the sea. Then, Karavostamo consists of an upper and lower village and is literally embraced by tall trees and greenery. Be sure to visit the Spring of Kalikas when you are there. Green ravines and watermills compose a thrilling canvas, hard to resist!
Evdilos is another amazing place on the island and definitely ranks among the major Ikaria villages to discover. Modern blends most wonderfully with classic and traditional, presenting an amazing outcome. Evdilos means “eye catching” or else “apparent”. And who can miss such beauty? It is the second port of Ikaria. Nas forms a small bay and its name most likely derives from Naos, which means Temple in Greek. Once you are there, stroll by the three filled gorge of the Chalares river. A unique spectacle!
Of course, other Ikaria villages feature Gialiskari and Kosikia, Karkinagri and Dafni, Vrakades and Prospera, Nelia and Faros. Be sure to squeeze as many of them as you can within your scheduled trip to Ikaria!