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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

  • "Santorini to Ios."

    I was impressed with the facilities. Enjoyed the experience, will deffo do it again.

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  • "Exciting trip"

    The ship was smack on time for both crossings. The staff were helpful and efficient. The trip out to Alonissos was calm and uneventful, the trip back to Skiathos was however a real roller coaster. The seas were quite rough. I loved it, but sadly quite a few passengers were seasick. The crew were busy with sick bags and kindness for the poor sufferers.

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  • "Paros to Athens"

    Good service, comfortable ship with good amenities. No issues.

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  • "Flying cat to Skopolos"

    I was extremely impressed with Direct Ferries as well before our date for travelling our crossing time was changed but we were informed by phone message and also confirmed by a text message of the change. Unfortunately the sea was a bit rough and my husband and other passengers suffered from sea sickness. A member of the crew was empathetic and provided the necessary bags !

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