Ikaria Beauty and the Feast
According to the myth, it is the sea around Ikaria where the son of Daedalus landed when the sun burnt his wax wings; that sea neighbourhood owes its name to that leggend, as it is called Ikarian. It is said that Ikarus rests to eternity on the islet Níkari opposite the island. His fall is symbolised on a statue in the entrance to the island’s main port.
In the ancient times, the thermal springs had caused for a town to flourish; it was a town that celebrated the natural phenomenon and its therapeutic effects by its name: Thermai. In the roman years, an earthquake devastated Thermai, but not the springs, which are considered to be among the richest in the world as far as radium content is concerned. Rheumatism, arthritis, neuralgia, neuritis, skin, circulatory, endocrine and gynecological conditions bring people to the springs to seek and find cure. Some of them dive not only into health, but into history also: they swim in the water coming out of an ancient basin, at the place where the ancient thermal site used to be.
If one had to name one thing to identify Ikaría with, it would definitely be its feasts. Either for religious of for social reasons, there are feasts happening almost daily in the summer season.
The inhabitants make their own full-bodied red wine off their vineyards and set the spirits on fire with it. People volunteer to roast or boil meat (of the wild goats of the island) prepare salads and cook potatoes, and then they offer them to the visitors, who are either strangers, or islanders whose turn is not to participate in catering for the feast, but to pay a token price as visitors, so that the local governments can finance their public works. Everybody dances the night out.
They may wear stylish clothes in the day, they may look old and heavy, they may be very young and with a globalised culture; nevertheless, they are full of energy and enthusiasm to dance to sounds of good, folk, local live music. Join them for a genuine Ikarian experience!
For your stay in Ikaria, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Agios Kirykos, as well as in many other areas of the island, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
From the port of Piraeus there are daily routes to Agios Kirykos and Evdilos ports (the ports of Ikaria island).
There is also coastal connections to Samos, Fourni, Chios, Paros, Naxos and Syros islands from Agios Kirykos port whereas from Evdilos port you can get to Myconos, Patmos, Lipsi and Samos.
There are daily flights from Spat airport to Ikaria airport which is 10km far from Agios Kirykos.
For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.