This awe-inspiring island, named after Icarus (Ikaros) of Greek mythology, has been deemed majestic, with stunning landscapes, pristine beaches and people known for their longevity and zest for life.
Ikaria is located in the Aegean Sea. It is a modestly populated island with just over 8300 people calling it home.
It is a destination that many people don’t know about but so worth a visit. The way of life in Ikaria is one to be emulated, i.e. a delicate balance between respect for nature (and there’s so much of it here), an adherence to core values, an appreciation of time and ultimately, innate joie-de-vivre.
It is this way of life that undoubtedly makes Ikaria one of the Blue Zones of the world (there are only five of them). For those of you who may not know, a region is quantified as a blue zone due to its inhabitants’ long-living and healthy attributes. People live well into their nineties and even surpass the 100 mark. That’s a far cry from the average life expectancy in North America – 81 years old.
From the food they eat, to the wine they drink, to the naps they take and connections they form, Ikarians are role models for us all. Spend a day or two amongst them and you’ll soon pick up a few life lessons that can be applied to your own life.
Today’s Ikaria is steeped in tradition and a deeply-embedded way of life which offers its visitors a truly unforgettable experience. There is a panoply of experiences to be had here and undoubtedly something for every type of traveler. There are so many options to explore and visit, from gorgeous beaches, to wineries (where you can taste some Ikarian wine), to archeological sites where you can truly be entrenched in ancient Greek tradition.
The absolute beauty of Ikaria and the uncompromised friendliest of its inhabitants, leave visitors with a travel experience they will not soon forget. Moreover, you’ll surely want to apply some of their practices and philosophies to your own way of life once you return home.
Icarus may have flown too close to the sun but maybe, just maybe, it was to better admire this breathtaking island from an aerial view. If that is so, could anyone really blame him?