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Ferries to Ikaria

Ikaria is a Greek island situated in the Aegean Sea. The nearest major island to Ikaria is Samos, which is about twenty kilometres to the west at its nearest point while to the east lie the islands of Mykonos, Tinos and Andros.

Named after Ikarus, who flew too close to the sun and plunged into the sea here, the island of Ikaria is around forty kilometres long, and eight wide.

Ikaria has two main ferry terminals, Agios Kirikos on the southern coast and Evdilos on the northern side of the island. Ferries operate from the mainland as well as from a number of ports on the surrounding islands of Samos, Lesbos, the Aegean and Cyclades islands.

If you’re travelling from the mainland then Piraeus (Athens), also the hub for onward travel to many of the Greek islands, is the main port of departure and sails daily (in peak periods) to both ports on Ikaria with crossing durations ranging from seven to ten hours. You can also get travel from Kavala in the North east of Greece though crossings take longer and are less frequent.

Ikaria has several coastal and mountain roads which offer spectacular drives. In the summer holiday season, daily bus services connect the capital with Therma, Faros, Evdilos, Armenistis and Raches, calling at many small villages along the route.

Ikaria is home to some beautiful and picturesque beaches, and one of the most famous on the island is Seychelles beach on the southern coast. Other popular beaches include Yaliskari, Nas, Kampos and Mileopo. Naturally, sailing is a popular activity on the island, and there are many opportunities for day trips, swimming, snorkelling and tours of nearby islands.

For visitors interested in the rich and varied history of the island, there are several ancient ruins including the Castle of Koskina, the Temple of Artemis at Nas, and the remains of the Roman baths at Therma. Ikaria also has several museums dedicated to the history of the island and the culture of its inhabitants. These include the Folk and Historical Museum, the Archaeological Museum of Kampos, and museums of folklore at Perdiki and Vrakades.

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Ikaria reviews

  • "Fast!"

    Fast and efficient... What we expect!

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  • "Milos to Sifnos"

    Forgot to print my boarding ticket for this trip whilst in Mykonos with our other booking but not a problem. Just went to RIVA on the port just to the left of some restaurants. Walked in with some trepidation after reading a scathing review! — but great staff and helpful, i just handed my phone over and they product the 2 boarding tickets no charge( unlike the ticket booth in Mykonos a small 1 or 2 € fee but not a problem) Keep an eye on time changes for your boat and go by the name of the boat on your ticket, its simple! PS they can be late even the first boat out. You just arrive in time, staff will call the boat name then join the throng to board! Ask if your unsure unlike a family of 3 who with a bit if reversing were ejected from the board, quite amusing! I booked our seats in club as high season was upon us, relatively empty up there but much more pleasant. Naturally someone had decided to sit in our allocated seats but we just sat in another, our trip was only 50 minutes so no issue. Wether they were moved on later it would be someone else's problem i was on holiday so chilled. (no need to be worked up as in other reviews, also everyone upstairs was a club passenger so also well organised) We have Done 2 trips so far both very comfortable and easily driven from the passenger point of view , bags stowage can be at the back only however 1st trip Mykonos to Milos had some in the middle? Bar service was very friendly and efficient.... holiday going very well — next trip in 8 days to Mykonos I expect a good voyage,

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  • "Bad weather conditions"

    We travelled with really bad weather conditions which meant it took over an hour longer to arrive in Heraklion. If you get sea sick (or have never travelled by boat/ ferry) avoid like the plague, so many people were poorly.

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  • "Paros - Piraeus"

    Fast and easy travelling.

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