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Kent UK
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We last went to Ikaria 30 years ago or more and were in transit backpacking between Patmos and either/ or Naxos and Amorgos. 4 hours at the port and then off. The views over and up the island were stunning and we vowed to come back one day. Now finally it figures in our plans but how on earth do we do this? Without the latest ferry timetables we suspect its Astypalea-Naxos-Mykonos-Ikaria or Astypalea-Amorgos-Ikaria? Anyone out there better informed? Information would be gratefully received.

Oh and any tips as to some magical accommodation between 60 and 100 euros a day would be very much appreciated. We plan to spend 5-7 days.

Birmingham, United...
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1. Re: Astypalea-Ikaria


Making the assumption that the 'Nissos Mykonos' returns to the Piraeus > Syros > Mykonos > Ikaria > Samos route 6/7 days a week in the summer.

Then your first option applies.

Astypalaia > Naxos/Paros > Mykonos > Ikaria.


Astypalaia > Kalimnos > Patmos > Samos(Pythagorion) > Vathy > Ikaria.

Most of the second would be covered by the route of the 'Nissos Kalimnos' which coming from Astypalaia seems to overnight on Kalimnos then early next morning goes to Pythagorion.

The two times in Ikaria I stayed in Armenistis on the north coast which is a pleasant little resort most of which faces East. I had a room above one of the tavernas and the sunrise was lovely viewed along the north coast. Not really reccommended as there was some aircon fans at peak troughing times. There are other places on the road leading in that might be better.

I've stayed in Ag. Kirikos one night probably a ferry connection thing, don't think I would choose to stay there.

Kent UK
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That's much as we thought. Good to have it all confirmed.

Best wishes

Levenmouth, United...
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3. Re: Astypalea-Ikaria

Definitely stay in Armenistis or Nas. Armenistis is the bigger of the two with more tavernas and accommodation (and better beaches). If possible, get the ferry to Evdilos rather than Ag, Kirikos, which is on the other side of the island from Armenistis with only one bus a day between them. Evdilos is a 15 minute taxi ride from Armenistis.

There's about 3 largish hotels in Armenistis and a good choice of rooms. We normally stay at the Cavos Bay Hotel, which has a pool and great sea views from room balconies. The rooms themselves are nothing great - clean, tidy but basic - but the people are very friendly. Expect to pay around 45 - 50 euros for a double. Might be a bit more expensive in peak season.

Make sure you hire a jeep and go exploring. The roads from Armenistis over to the south side of the island are spectacular if a little hairy. Manganitis is a lovely, sleepy wee coastal village that you reach down an unmade road. There's a great beach called Seychelles just off this road after the tunnel through the cliff face. Bit of a walk down to it, but worth the journey.


Liverpool, United...
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4. Re: Astypalea-Ikaria

Hi, sure head out towards Armenistis, Nas . As stated a ferry into Evdilos is the best and shortest option . For accommodation and car hire together with all round information try Ikaria-holidays.com.. They have a small office in Nas. If its sunsets and good local food you can't go wrong at either Theas Place or 'O' Nas both in Nas village and commanding spectacular views out to sea. Beaches Masachti and Livardi near Armenistis it excellent and easy to get to, both have beach small tavernas / bars

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