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Ikaria is an island located in the Aegean Sea, off the coast of Greece. It is the most eastern of the Dodecanese islands, situated between the islands of Samos and Chios. It has a total area of 255 square kilometres and a population of almost 10,000 inhabitants.

The island is known for its stunning natural beauty, with its rocky coastline, lush forests, and crystal clear waters. The highest peak on the island is Mount Ikario, which stands at 1,037 metres.

Ikaria has a long and rich history, dating back to the Neolithic period. During the Archaic period, it was part of the powerful city-state of Miletus. In the fifth century BC, the island was conquered by the Persians, and in the fourth century BC, it became part of the Athenian Empire. In the early Christian period, Ikaria was a major centre of Christian faith, and it was here that the Apostle Paul preached.

Throughout the centuries, Ikaria has been subject to numerous invasions and occupations by the Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, and Ottomans. During World War II, the island was occupied by the Germans, and it was liberated in 1945.

Today, Ikaria is a popular tourist destination, known for its traditional Greek culture, stunning beaches, and secluded villages. It is also renowned for its longevity, with many of its inhabitants living well into their 90s.

Excursion tips for a day in Ikaria

As a tourist in Ikaria, Greece, there are many activities to enjoy in a day. Here are some of the top activities to experience:

1. Visit the archaeological site of Oenoe, where the remains of a 3rd century BC temple dedicated to Apollo can be found.

2. Explore the picturesque village of Armenistis, which is located on the slopes of a mountain and overlooks the Aegean Sea.

3. Spend a day at the beach, swimming in the crystal clear waters and soaking up the sun on the white sand.

4. Take a hike in the surrounding hills and forests, which offer stunning views of the island.

5. Visit the Monastery of Panagia Theoskepasti, which was built in the 10th century and is located on a hill overlooking the sea.

6. Visit the nearby island of Fourni, which is known for its picturesque fishing villages.

7. Sample the local cuisine, which includes fresh seafood, traditional Greek dishes, and delicious local wines.

8. Enjoy a glass of ouzo at a local taverna while watching the sunset over the sea.

9. Shop for souvenirs in the local markets, which offer a variety of traditional items.

10. Take a boat tour of the island, which will give you a chance to explore the coastline and see the many coves and beaches.

Experience Ikaria with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Ikaria. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Ikaria

The climate in Ikaria in Greece is generally mild throughout the year with temperatures rarely dropping below 7°C or rising above 30°C. In winter, temperatures range from 7°C to 15°C, whereas in summer temperatures range from 17°C to 30°C. The island has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Spring and autumn are transitional seasons with temperatures ranging from 10°C to 25°C. Overall, Ikaria enjoys a pleasant climate all year round, with mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine.

Cruise weather for Ikaria

Our weather forecast for Ikaria helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 32.4 °C
min: 26 °C
18.4 m/s
54.4 m/s
0.0 %
22.9 m
47.3 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 33.1 °C
min: 26.5 °C
22.0 m/s
59.0 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
45.2 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 33.9 °C
min: 28.4 °C
25.6 m/s
65.3 m/s
0.8 %
24.1 m
39.3 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 32.9 °C
min: 27.3 °C
26.3 m/s
65.5 m/s
8.4 %
24.1 m
49.5 %
1,005 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 30.9 °C
min: 25.1 °C
29.5 m/s
33.8 m/s
0.5 %
24.1 m
61.0 %
1,005 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 27.8 °C
min: 24.8 °C
24.5 m/s
27.4 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
62.3 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 26.7 °C
min: 24.1 °C
32.4 m/s
40.3 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
70.1 %
1,005 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 27.7 °C
min: 24.4 °C
24.5 m/s
32.0 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
65.7 %
1,003 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 25.4 °C
min: 23.2 °C
37.4 m/s
47.5 m/s
2.7 %
24.1 m
78.0 %
1,001 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 25.3 °C
min: 23.1 °C
35.6 m/s
45.7 m/s
5.2 %
24.1 m
73.0 %
1,005 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 27.8 °C
min: 23.7 °C
29.5 m/s
38.5 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
63.4 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 26.9 °C
min: 24.2 °C
32.4 m/s
36.7 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
64.4 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 26.6 °C
min: 23.9 °C
31.0 m/s
35.3 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
67.7 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 26.6 °C
min: 23.4 °C
28.4 m/s
30.2 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
68.7 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 26.8 °C
min: 24.1 °C
28.1 m/s
29.5 m/s
0.3 %
24.1 m
69.9 %
1,007 hPa

Cruises to Ikaria

Would you like to travel to Ikaria on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Ikaria.

Scheduled ship calls in Ikaria, Greece
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Aug. 29th 2024 Thursday, 29th of Aug. 2024 Sea Dream II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Sep. 10th 2025 Wednesday, 10th of Sep. 2025 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am

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