Swimming in Ikaria


The picturesque and unique beach of Messakti is one of the island's most well-known. The Myrsonas River flows behind it, creating a wetland, and along with it, an almost tropical setting.
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The star of the island and one of the most impressive throughout the Aegean, the beach of Seychelles never fails to impress.
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Also known as Ai Giorgis, this sandy beach can be found in the eastern part of the island. Unorganized and secluded, it's great for those looking to get away from the crowds.
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This rocky beach beside the island's main port, is a great choice for those staying in the capital and looking for a quick dip.
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The turquoise water of Anefandi contrasts beautifully with the white pebbles on its shore. Just east of Therma, you'll find it between Kerame and Nyfi beaches.
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This beach lies just outside the village of Karavostamo, in the northern part of Ikaria. It takes its name from the eponymous river which flows behind it, creating a unique wetland.
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This pebbly beach is located in one of the island's most popular resorts. It's a small cove with umbrellas and other amenities nearby.
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This beautiful, undiscovered beach can be found in the eastern part of the island and is perfect for those looking for some privacy.
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Taking its name from the eponymous village it lies next to, this beautiful beach is found along Ikaria's northern coast.
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Popular with the locals, this pebbly beach features crystal clear waters and is located near Magganitis, just outside the village of Plagia.
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One of the island's largest beaches, the sandy coast of Faros stretches out along Ikaria's southern shore. It's also one of the most developed, with several seaside taverns and cafes lining its edge.
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Fyrodi is a great sandy beach near Magginits and is very popular with the locals.
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This laid back beach on the island's north side features views of the picturesque fishing harbour and the Church of Analypsis.
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This popular swimming spot lies beside the small marina of Magganitis village and features crystal clear water.
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The sandy beach of Glyfadi can be found on the north eastern side of the island. Backed by trees offering natural shade, this beach is located just east of Therma.
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Its name aptly meaning “sacred”, this secret sandy beach has been a well-kept secret due to only being recently made accessible. It lies along Ikaria's northern coast.
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Along with its ancient city and archaeological site, Kambos's sandy beach is popular with visitors and has all the amenities one could need nearby.
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Lying at the island's westernmost point, this clean, pebbly beach is perfect for those looking for some peace and quiet.
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One of two beaches on the island with the same name, this sandy swimming spot is located near Evdilos, on the northeastern part of the island.
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The second of two beaches with the same name lies east of Therma, on the way to Faros. It's a small, sandy cove, far away from the crowds.
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This small sandy beach lies next to Kerame beach, near Evdilos.
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The rocky beach of Lefkada can be found on the island's southern coast, in an area known for its hot springs. It can be found along the road leading from Agios Kyrikos to Xylosyrti.
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Featuring fine, golden sand and turquoise waters, this is one of Ikaria's finest beaches. Located between the beaches of Messakti and Armenistis, Livadi is a great choice for families with children, as the water is shallow and there are umbrellas and sun loungers available.
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This wild, secluded beach is a favourite for explorers and those looking for a bit of adventure. Located at the end of a river gorge in the northern part of the island, Nas offers bathers a one-of-a-kind experience.
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Located just east of Therma, the remote, mostly pebbly beach of Nealia offers swimmers clear waters and relaxed sunbathing surrounded by green hills and close to thermal springs. Nealia beach envokes a sense of wild beauty and timelessness.
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Nyfi is a pebbly, average-sized beach along the way to Faros along the northeastern side of the island.
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This small cove is a hidden gem, complete with white pebbles and emerald waters. It's located in the southeastern part of the island between the village of Therma and the island's capital of Kyrikos.
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Taking its name from the Greek word for “thought”, you'll know you've arrived at this beach when you see the statue of the “thinking man”. The beach is located along the road leading from Agios Kyrikos to Xylosyrti in the southern part of the island.
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The sandy beach of Therma can be found on the coast of the village bearing the same name. It's sandy and features a few umbrellas. You can find it next to the village's small port.
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This small beach can be found next to the village of Trapalou in the southern part of the island. Surrounded by mountains and near a few great taverns, this beach is a great place to “get away from it all” while still taking advantage of some nearby comforts.
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Located just west of Skepsi beach lies the pebbly beach of Tsoukala. It's along the road from Agios Kyrikos to Xylosyrtis and is also close to Lefkada. Shade is provided by trees backing the beach, and a coffee bar can be found just metres away.
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This beach hares its name with the village its found within. Located in the southern part of the island along the road from Agios Kyrikos to Magganitis, this pebbly beach is backed by trees and surrounded by the wild beauty of Ikaria's mountains..
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