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GET­TING THERE Delta of­fers con­nect­ing flights from Washington Dulles to Athens. Olympic Air flies from Athens di­rect to Ikaria for $195 round trip. WHERE TO STAY Evon’s Rooms Faros Beach 011-30-22750-32580

www.evon­ A short drive from the is­land’s air­port and within walking dis­tance of Faros Beach, of­fer­ing pleas­ant, mod­ern suites with kitch­enettes. The ad­join­ing cafe serves break­fast. Rooms from about $40. Cavos Bay Ho­tel and Stu­dios 011-30-22750-71381

www.cavos­ On the north coast of Ikaria. Of­fers spa­cious rooms and stu­dios with sea views. Rooms in­clude a re­frig­er­a­tor, and stu­dios are equipped with a kitch­enette. Rooms from about $40 for a dou­ble and $64 for a stu­dio. Ho­tel Atheras Evdi­los 011-30-22750-31434

www.atheras-ker­ Ho­tel with mod­ern rooms, an out­door pool and a restau­rant. Rooms from about $33. WHERE TO EAT Tav­erna i Plaka Arethusa 011-30-22750-61491 Charm­ing tav­erna tucked away on the edge of the vil­lage, with a vine-draped ter­race and a se­lec­tion of tra­di­tional Greek fare and meat dishes. En­trees from about $8. Tav­erna O Nas Nas 011-30-22750-71486 Quaint tav­erna on a cliff over­look­ing Nas Beach, serv­ing a se­lec­tion of tra­di­tional Greek food. En­trees from about $8. Anna’s Fish Tav­erna Nas 011-30-6932-149155 Friendly tav­erna over­look­ing the sea. Serves fresh fish, sal­ads and a va­ri­ety of lo­cal spe­cial­ties. En­trees from about $8. WHAT TO DO Greek lan­guage cour­ses Ikar­ian Cen­tre Arethusa 011-30-22750-61140

www.ikari­an­cen­ Of­fers Greek-lan­guage cour­ses and on-site ac­com­mo­da­tion from May to Oc­to­ber, plus a seven-day New Year’s course. Fees vary de­pend­ing on du­ra­tion. A two-week course is about $861. Ac­com­mo­da­tion starts at about $16 a night. Hik­ing The vil­lage of Chris­tos Raches is a good start­ing point for hikes. A walking map is avail­able at most shops. For in­for­ma­tion on guided hikes, con­tact Swim­ming Li­vadi Beach is a pop­u­lar spot with sandy beaches and waves for surf­ing. Near the vil­lage of Ar­menis­tis, about 30 miles north­west of Agios Kirikos, the is­land’s cap­i­tal. Nas Beach ( just south­west of Ar­menis­tis) is a pretty spot sur­rounded by rocky cliffs. Fes­ti­vals Ikaria’s pa­ny­giria are held through­out the sum­mer. Th­ese all-night cel­e­bra­tions in honor of saints in­clude lots of eat­ing, danc­ing and drink­ing. For de­tails, see­ Moni Theok­tis­tis & Chapel of Theoskepasti Pigi Byzan­tine chapel with an im­pres­sive gran­ite over­hang for a roof. Near the Monastery of Theok­tis­tis, which has fres­coes that date to the 17th cen­tury. Free.


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