Iraklia island, Small Cyclades
Iraklia belongs to the Small East Cyclades and the distance from Naxos is approximately 1 hour. There are two settlements on the island, the port of Saint George and the capital of the island, Panagia.
Transportation is served daily in the summer months from Naxos and four times a week from Piraeus. When you are in Iraklia visit: the cave of St. John, the largest of the Cyclades, with rich stalactite decoration, the castle Livadi where there are ruins of the Hellenistic period and ruins of the Temple of Zeus and the Temple of the Goddess of Fortune.
Also visit the Merichas bay, which is surrounded by high cliffs and the Papas mountain, from where you will admire the views of the surrounding islands of Iraklia. You will swim at the sandy beaches of Livadi, Agios Georgios, Vorini Spilia and Alimia.
For those who love the pebble beaches, the suitable places are in Karvounolakkos and Amoudi of Merichas. You can even swim at beaches where you can reach only by boat since there is no access by land.
Try the delicious local products: honey of excellent quality, various cheeses from goat milk, the most popular cheese is Xynomyzithra, the split peas and of course the fresh fish. Spend a little of your time to stroll the island on foot.
You will be rewarded by the wonderful views offered by different parts of the route. Observe rare birds in various places of the island where they build their nests and take a boat ride at very modest prices.
For your stay in Iraklia, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In the town of Iraklia (Chora), 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.
You can reach Iraklia from Piraeus with the Blue Star every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Duration is about 6 hours. Also, you can go to Iraklia through Naxos with Skopelitis Express every day or with the Flying Dolphin.
If you don't own a boat, there is the sea taxi "Anemos" that goes to the beaches of Schinoussa and Naxos.
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.