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.evonsrooms.com 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.cavosbay.com.gr 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-kerame.gr 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.ikariancentre.com 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
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
www.island-ikaria.com. 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.