Greece
Ikaria

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2 travelers at this place:

  • Day1

    I'm staying at my family's village on the island of Ikaria. Ksilosirti is a village about 3km from the island capital and port, Aghios Kirikos. In the 1800s the area was full of cypress trees, which were mostly cut down to be used as masts for sailboats. The area has some traditional stone houses as well as more modern buildings. It has 3 restaurants (one of which is open during the winter months), a blue domed church and a beautiful stone beach with crystal clear water. Within the village there is freshwater spring, Athanatou Nerou, that is rumored to have healing properties.Read more

  • Day3

    Ksyloserti Beach

    July 16, 2017 in Greece

    I'm staying in the village of Ksyloserti, which is a mountain village on the south side of Ikaria. Today I went to the beach, located just below the village. It's a pebble beach with crystal clear water. "Salt trees" line the beach, providing much needed shade, to protect people from the beating sun

  • Day5

    The salt cedar tree is a deciduous tree that is native to the Mediterranean. It is associated with the god Apollo. It seems to be found all over the coastal regions of Greece, especially near beach areas. The plant is planted by locals near seaside restaurants and beaches because it acts like a natural umbrella on sunny beaches and because it is one of a few plants that thrives near salt water. Anyone that has been to Greece in the summer months can tell you that a shade is needed to withstand more than a few minutes in the strong Mediterranean light.Read more

  • Day7

    Kontou tou lacoma beach

    July 20, 2017 in Greece

    This beautiful serene beach is located between Faros town and Aghios Giorgis. It is a bit tricky to get to, but it's worth the effort. The beach cannot be reached easily with car, and you must wear shoes to walk down to the water. There are amazing multi colored rocks in the crystal clear water, and there are also smooth white marble stones

  • Day8

    Mesakti Beach/Armenisti

    July 21, 2017 in Greece

    Located on the northern part of the island, Mesakti beach is a traditionally sand beach with a life guard, beach bars, and coffee shops. The beach has a surfing school and is very popular with the younger crowd and with tourists. The beach had a fresh water lake behind it, separated only by a bank of sand. The waves on the northern side are much more impressive than on the south side, and the waves produce a strong undertow that can be very dangerous.Read more

  • Day7

    Agios kirtikos

    July 20, 2017 in Greece

    Agios Kirtikos is the capital of Ikaria. This is a port town, where ferries transport tourists to and from this island. The village has many restaurants and coffee shops, along with the local grocery store. This is where many people spend time in the evenings to eat and spend time together

  • Day8

    Agministi

    July 21, 2017 in Greece

    Today we travelled to the north side of the island, which is about an hour from where we are staying. The north side of the island is much different than the south side. It is much less windy on this side of the island because the slope of the island is more subtle. The steep cliffs on the south side create very strong winds. The beach has white sand, rather than pebbles. There are bigger waves here as well. I'm looking forward to body surfingRead more

  • Day9

    Drakano tower

    July 22, 2017 in Greece

    Today I visited the tower of Drakano on the Eastern tip of Icaria. It is located a short drive from the airport and from Faros town. Drakano is one of the best preserved Athenian watch towers from the Hellenistic period, about the 4th century BC. It was used to patrol the waters between Ikaria and Samos. It stands about 44 ft high and is made of limestone.

  • Day9

    Aghios Giorgis chapel

    July 22, 2017 in Greece

    Walking distance from Drakano tower is a picturesque chapel of Aghios (saint) Giorgis. It is only accessible by foot from the dirt road used to access Drakano. The walk is best done with a good pair of shoes and may not be suitable for young children, as it is a steep drop down to the water.

  • Day10

    Camba

    July 23, 2017 in Greece

    Today I walked through the historic village of Camba, which is a mountain village that's located up the mountain, from Ksylosertis. In the 1600's, the Venetians took control of the shores of many Greek islands. The Greeks moved closer to the tops of the mountains, where they could hide from pirates and other invaders. Constructed of stones, thr houses blended into the natural scenery, making the houses very difficult to see. I took pictures of a few of these stone houses, which are now in disrepair.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Ikaria, Ικαρία, JIK

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