Incredibly relaxed, friendly and exceptionally independent, Ikaria’s laid back lifestyle combined with a love of celebration and a desire to do things their own way, makes this a truly unique place. Fertile and green, with rivers and streams flowing through gorges and down waterfalls and culminating in pretty beaches.....
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Incredibly relaxed, friendly and exceptionally independent, Ikaria’s laid back lifestyle combined with a love of celebration and a desire to do things their own way, makes this a truly unique place. Fertile and green, with rivers and streams flowing through gorges and down waterfalls and culminating in pretty beaches you can see why Ikarians are staunchly proud of their beautiful island. Aside from the geographical charm though, Ikaria is quite something of a character and made headlines in July 2012 for announcing an interest in leaving Greece and joining Austria. Outside of the tourist areas, shops open when the owner feels like it, and locals rightly insist on enjoying all that life has to offer, made evident by the huge number of festivals throughout the summer (11 in July and August alone). Tourism is not huge here, so one can easily get away from it all and soak up the local culture. The main ‘resort’ areas are the fishing villages of Armenistis and Gialiskani on the north coast, each with a selection of shops, restaurants and hotels and nearby beaches of Livadi and Messakti with wide, sweeping arcs of golden sand in a setting of lush greenery. The picturesque beach of Nas and its nearby waterfall may also be of interest to visitors. On the south coast, Seychelles beach is considered one of the best on the island, where white sand and pebbles meet crystal clear waters, surrounded by striking limestone cliffs. In very northeast, Faros beach is popular with the locals and has tavernas and bars as well as windsurfing and kayaking. Near to the capital of Agios Kirikos in the south east, one can find the still functioning ancient Roman Baths, where natural hot springs contain minerals said to have therapeutic properties. These flow into the sea, where snorkelers can enjoy seeing the remains of the ancient city. A small domestic airport has flights to Athens and the island can also be reached by ferry from nearby Samos or from Piraeus.
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