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Ikaria - Aghios Kirykos and the South coast - general

Aghios Kirykos and the South Coast of the island
(For distances, Aghios Ki­rykos = 0.0 km)
Aghios Ki­rykos—referred to locally just as ‘Aghios’—is a pleasant and business-like port, named after the Eastern Church’s youngest martyr (aged three) (see p. 165). Not be clearly centred around the sweep of a harbour-front, or gathered around a shaded plateia, or even grouped deferentially in the shadow of its principal church as island choras traditionally are, its centre is hard to locate. To the west it spreads into a grid of residential streets, dotted randomly with municipal buildings (the Demarcheion, the museum, etc.), and to the north its more functional quarter blends into other, older villages and settlements that climb the slopes of the mountain behind, and which partially occupy the site of the ancient settlement. The harbour itself is man-made, but it avails little in a strong southerly wind. The outer mole is dominated by a 7m tall bronze monument to Icarus erected by a local sculptor. It is difficult to know from which angle it is best to read this awkward piece, or what exactly it signifies. What remains of the old quarter of the town is to be found in a network of narrow streets just inland and west of the port.
   The municipality’s Archaeological Museum is currently closed for relocation (T. 22750 24001 for information). The principal exhibit of the small collection is a fine early 5th century bc inscribed marble relief from Kataphygi, carved by a certain ‘Platthis’ or ‘Palion’ and depicting a family performing rituals before a seated deity nursing an infant.


Ikaria Island is part of the Northern Aegean Island group
Aghios Kirykos and the South coast.


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access

Ikaria Island, Greece.

By air: Ikaria now has a small airport at the eastern tip of the island, connected to Athens by a mid-afternoon flight every day, except on Mondays: an airport transfer bus connects flights with Ag. Kirykos 11 km away.
By boat: Ferries between Piraeus and Samos serve both of the island"s two ports – Evdilos, on the north coast, almost daily, by either fast boat (5 hours, summer only, from Piraeus) or slow (8-9 hours, year-round); and Aghios Kirykos, on the south coast, with 3 connections a week on the Samos-Piraeus route.
The F/B Samos Spirit also stops at Ag. Kirykos on its way between Samos and Fourni 3 times a week;
and in the summer there are fast, Flying Dolphin hydrofoil connections (1 hour) to and from Pythagoreio on Samos, 4 times weekly, dropping to 2 weekly for the half-season months of April, May, September and October.
Caïques leave Ag.Kirykos most afternoons during the summer for Fourni, and on Mon, Wed and Fri for Manganitis and Karkinagri, at the western extremity of the island.

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eating

Ikaria Island, Greece.

For a variety of local and traditional dishes always freshly prepared, Christos Chazàlas"s Taverna "To tzaki", in Glaredo (2 km west of Aghios Kirykos) is much to be recommended; in Aghios Kirykos itself, the tiny Taverna Klimataria, under a vine pergola, a couple of blocks in from the harbour, serves good soups and oven dishes, and is justly favoured by locals for its good value. There are several good tavernas at Kato Raches overlook the site at Nas: Taverna "O Nas" has the best view, but the food is more imaginative and homemade in character at Anna"s Taverna. In Karkinagri, the fresh fish is generally excellent at Perkas Restaurant.

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lodging

Ikaria Island, Greece.

The island’s nicest hotels are not to be found in either of the ports.
At Therma, the Agriolykos Pension (T. 22433 & 22383; www.island-Ikaria. com/hotels/agriolykos.asp), very quiet and set in a delight ful garden of tamarisks with wide views, is at the top of a flight of steps above the north end of the bay. Rooms are small and simple, but have air conditioning. (Note: access is only by foot, and bags will need to be carried up to the hotel.)
In Therma town, the Anthemis Hotel (T. 22750 23156 & 23377) is simple with adequate rooms, and has helpful and friendly owners. Both hotels are inexpensive.
The island’s smarter hotels are mostly in the area of Armenistìs: the Hotel Erofili Beach (T. 22750 71058-9; www.erofili.gr : upper price range) has large, comfortable, and well appointed rooms overlooking the sea front and the pool: it is a good hotel, but the breakfast is somewhat disappointing and the reception decidedly cool.
Just outside Armenistìs, on the way to Nas is the charming Hotel Daidalos (T. 22750 71390-2), looking west out to sea:
next door to it, and of equivalent standard but more old-fashioned, is the Cavos Bay Hotel (T. 22750 71381-3; www.cavosbay.com.gr ). Both of the above are in the medium price range. Those seeking real peace and quiet might explore Tzamoudakis Rooms in remote Karkinagri (T. 22750 91217 & 91327).

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practical info

Ikaria Island, Greece.

83 000
Ikaría: area 255 sq.km;
perimeter 107 km;
resident population 8354;
maximum altitude 1037 m.
Port Authorities: Aghios Kirykos T. 22750 22207,
                           Evdilos T. 22750 31007.
Travel and information: Municipality of Aghios Kirykos T. 22750 24047;
Nas Travel, T. 22750 71396.
www.island-Ikaria.com

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