Ikaria is an island in the North Aegean Sea and one of the East Aegean Islands. Ikaria is located west of Samos and south of Chios. Its capital is the town of Agios Kirikos. Tourism on Ikaria is unimposing for all and reflects an "Ikarian Balance" between nature, freedom, time, and development. The island will soon become nearly autonomous regarding energy consumption by using almost exclusively "Green Energy". The construction of the Pilot Hybrid Hydro-Electric Plant, the environmentally friendly power production plant using renewable energy sources in Europe, is expected to be completed in 2010 and provide 100% of the electricity in the winter months and 70% in the summer months.
The population is about 8,312 (census of 2001), with an area of 660 km².
Ikaria has been relatively isolated for much of its history, and thus, the people may not be very open to foreigners.
The island has an unusually high life expectancy for its area, at 92 years, compared to the Greek average of 81. Citizens are more likely to live to 100 than anywhere else in the world, and rates of gastric and digestive cancers, as well as heart disease are abnormally low. Scientists attribute this phenomenon to the traditional way of life, which includes a diet of little to no red meat, and growing their own food in their gardens, as well as constant mild exercise. (E.g walking, gardening, etc).
Ikaria can be reached year round by air and has an airport, located on the south eastern part of the island, 12 km from Agios Kirikos village. There are flights directly from Athens by Olympic Air  (approx. 35 minutes), and from Crete during the summer via SkyExpress.
Ikaria has 2 harbors, Evdilos and Agios Kirikos. There are daily ferry rides from the island of Samos (approx. 2.5 hours). A weekly ferry via Nel Lines also runs in the summer connecting Ikaria to Limnos, Lesvos and Kavala.
You can bring a car using the boats, or you can rent one there. Bus services are infrequent. For example, services to Armenistis from Evdilos only run on alternate days. To explore the island, car or motorbike rental is necessary. There are several car rental companies in Armenistis, but in peak season you may have to reserve a hire car a few days in advance.
Ikaria has very attractive beaches.
Seychelles Beach - Beautiful pebble beach with turquoise water on the south side of the island off the road to the village of Manganitis. There is a rough car park just after the long tunnel on the road towards the village. From there it is a 15 - 20 minute scramble down a rough track. There are no facilities, no bars, no umbrellas and, if you're lucky, no people. However, it can get busier with locals at weekends. The road to Manganitis has recently been upgraded from a rough track to a proper two lane tarmaced highway and a few new tavernas have opened up in the village which is only about 5 minutes drive from the beach.
Nas Beach - Sand/pebble beach in a deep bay about 4 km west of Armenistis. The village of Nas has a few studios and tavernas and is popular with those looking for a particularly quiet place to stay. The beach can have a heavy swell at times and is popular with nudists, often to the annoyance of the locals.
Ikaria has multiple museums which house objects from Classical, Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine time periods. The museums are free to the public and have various hours. The museums include:
- Local wines