Ikaria is a special island, with its own character in the southeastern Aegean and those who visit it talk about its hospitable people, beautiful lifestyle, and relaxing beaches. The island is known for the longevity of its people and the Ikarian way of life. But Ikaria has truly beautiful beaches that are ready to be discovered, the gems of the Aegean Sea. Here are the top 5:
The best and most exotic beach on the island and perhaps for many of the entire Aegean. It is a landscape that refers to exotic paradises, as its name suggests. The beach is recent as it was suddenly created after a rockslide, for the opening of a tunnel road in order to access the village of Manganitis.
Once you arrive, you will notice that the beach consists of unique blue waters and in combination with the sand and small pebbles form a tropical setting. But the beauty of the landscape continues with the huge granite rocks that surround the beach and the hidden caves that invite you to discover them.
Seychelles is the ideal beach for young people and couples. Access to the beach is not very time-consuming but needs attention. You can leave your car in an outdoor parking lot on the main road. Then you will walk a distance of about 10 minutes through a rough path with descent.
Ikaria beaches: Livadi beach
Livadi Beach is located in the northern part of Ikaria, in the bay that is right next to Messakti Beach. It has quite a large area of golden sand and turquoise waters. During summer months it is organized with umbrellas, sunbeds, and beach bars.
It is suitable for families with young children and is an ideal place for water sports. After enjoying your swim, you can taste some of the local Ikarian dishes in the restaurants located around the beach. Access to the beach is easy as it is done by the asphalt main road network. You can leave your car there and walk to the beach.
Ikaria Beaches: Messakti Beach
It is one of the best beaches of Ikaria, as it combines long golden sand and crystal clear turquoise waters. During the summer months, it is organized with umbrellas and sunbeds.
It is visited by many people and is ideal for families with young children. Apart from swimming in the sea, you can also enjoy a snack or cold drink at the beach bar located along the beach, admiring the view from the Chapel of the Ascension at the edge of the coast.
Access to Messakti beach is not difficult but you need to walk. When you leave your car on the main road, you will need to go down several steps to reach the coast.
Ikaria beaches: Armenistis beach
Armenistis is one of the most popular beaches of Ikaria and is located in the northern part of the island. It is a small fishing village which is placed in a bay. Once you arrive, you will notice a small beach with a few umbrellas, consisting of golden sand and crystal clear green-blue waters.
Although Armenistis Beach is not long, it has everything you need to comfortably enjoy your swim and your subsequent stay there, such as shops, restaurants, cafes, and rooms.
The beach is known for renting small canoes which you can use in the calm waters of the settlement. Access to Armenistis is not difficult, as you can reach the area either by car or by bus through the asphalt road network.
Prioni Beach ("Saw" in Greek) is a small cove located at the eastern end between Agios Kirikos and Therma. Its surroundings are beautiful, as it consists of very high rocks that rise around it, but also a small piece of sand with crystal clear blue waters. Because it is a lonely beach it is not organized. It is suitable for those looking for a deserted beach and for those who specialize in diving. Access is not easy from the path as caution is needed.