According to legend, Ikaria owes its name to Icarus, who ignored the warnings of his father Daedalus and fell into the sea and drowned after he flew too close to the sun and his wings melted.
Fittingly, disobedience and youthful excitement are a hallmark of the Ikarian character and a culture that resists the modern way of life. Famous throughout the world for the longevity of its people, a relaxed attitude to time-keeping, and faith in the power of community, Ikaria is a carefree land characterised by imagination and optimism.
Blessed with abundant water and wild vegetation, exotic beaches that take your breath away and beautiful villages, this idiosyncratic island with its welcoming inhabitants offers a different kind of travel experience for anyone choosing the ferry to Ikaria. It is a real initiation into the pleasures of a slower pace of life, a “less is more” philosophy, and living in the moment.