Icaria is a picturesque island marooned in the Aegean Sea. Unlike other Greek islands, Icaria features a cliff-fringed coastline and mountainous interior. Beaches stud the coast and range from sheltered pebble coves to long stretches of fine sand. If you’re looking for a Greek island that feels authentic and uncrowded, you’ll love Icaria.
Things to do in Icaria
The lively town of Agios Kirykos is a gateway to Icaria. There are a few beaches within walking distance of the town, though most people arrive at the ferry port and continue onwards to smaller towns and villages. The Folklore-Historical Museum showcases ancient coins, pottery, stone tools and tombstones found on the island.
Evdilos wraps around a shimmering bay and is an excellent base to explore Icaria. The village features a maze of narrow streets lined with stone houses and mansions. Sip ouzo at streetside cafes and sign up for a Greek cooking class at the Hellenic Cultural Centre.
The village of Armenistis cascades down a hillside and overlooks a picturesque harbour dotted with colourful fishing boats. Beach-hop along the coast and enjoy scenic walks in the surrounding pine forests. Stop by the small museum to admire Icarian art.
Enjoy traditional Icarian dishes at tavernas dotted across the island. Order specialties like “soufiko” vegetable stew served with “kathoura” goat milk cheese. Wash it down with a glass of ruby-red Icarian wine. It’s been produced on the island for centuries and pairs perfectly with seafood.
Soft sand and translucent water make Drakano Beach one of the best on the island. It’s set on a picturesque cove and sheltered from wind and waves. Flower-strewn tamarisk trees line Fanari Beach and provide shade from the sun. It’s a great place to swim, sunbathe and snorkel.
Lace up your hiking boots or rent a bicycle and explore the picturesque interior. Trails crisscross the island and showcase towering mountains, lush green valleys and sun-dappled pine forests. Cool off in crystalline streams and explore rustic villages.
Getting around Icaria
All towns and villages in Icaria are compact and easy to get around on foot. Taxis are a fast and affordable way to get around the island or you can rent a car, motorcycle or moped. Regular ferries connect Icaria with the port city of Piraeus near Athens.