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On Ikaria – according to the mythological tradition – Icarus, ignoring the advice of his father Daedalus, flew very high up toward the sun; his wax feathers melted and he drowned in the sea. Today, apart from sun-drenched beaches, on Ikaria you can discover archaeological sites, natural monuments, traditional settlements, thermal springs known from antiquity and endemic species of fauna and flora. Many and various religious feasts and sporting events are organized here throughout the year.


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A place with a rich mythological past that links its name to the legendary Icarus. Sandy beaches, flowing waters, mountains and verdant hillsides are all part of the island’s imposing contour. In addition,
its inhabitants’ different way of life, with special tempos for both work and relaxation, its famous festivals with the local traditional dances, customs and habits, are all features that impress visitors.
The island was inhabited for the first time in the prehistoric period and its oldest name was Makris (or Dolichi), owing to its long narrow shape. Its present name is derived from Daidalus’ son Icarus, who according to myth, fell into the sea of Icaria when he tried to fly higher than his father. Ever since antiquity, it has sometimes been a place to which political opponents were exiled.
During the Byzantine period, the city of Oinoi was the centre of the island and the place to which members of the royal family were exiled. In the early 13th century, Ikaria was part of the Latin empire of Constantinople, while in 1484, it was captured by the Knights of St John of Rhodes and in 1521, was captured by the Turks. The island was liberated in November of 1912.
Visitors can choose between a long walk and an excursion to hospitable little villages.
By following the paths through the ravine of Halari, you will be touring the island’s natural beauty.
You will delight in the enchanting sandy beaches and rocky shores, swimming through the crystal waters of the Ikarian Sea under the sun of Icarus.
Later you will admire a fantastic sunset from ancient Na or from the ancient castle at Drakano.
And finally do not fail to visit one of our famous festivals, where you will drink the Pramnian Wine mentioned by Homer and perform the Ikariot dance.

Source: www.ikaria.gr