Delta offers connecting flights from Washington Dulles to Athens. Olympic Air flies from Athens direct to Ikaria for $195 round trip.
WHERE TO STAY
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
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 with modern rooms, an outdoor pool and a restaurant. Rooms from about $33.
WHERE TO EAT
Taverna i Plaka
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
Quaint taverna on a cliff overlooking Nas Beach, serving a selection of traditional Greek food. Entrees from about $8.
Anna’s Fish Taverna
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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
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.