Cultural Ikaria

  1. Ikarian Cuisine – The Ikarian honey is an exceptional and famous product, produced all year round thanks to the great variety of teh island’s flora. Try the dairy products from goat mile, such as the “kathoura” cheese. The local cuisine includes delicious dishes, such as “soufiko” and “magereio”, while meat lovers can taste goat stew in a lot of versions. Local pies are tasty while if you want something sweet, you should go for the traditional rose spoon sweets.
  2. Ikarian Wedding –  The wedding in Ikaria is a small celebration. According to tradition, everybody is invited first to the celebration and then to the ensuing wedding ceremony in the church. The guests can bring their friends – all are welcomed.
  3. Carnival In Ikaria – [ Moutsouniarides ] The local custom of the carnival in Ikaria is the “Moutsouniarides”, meaning people wearing masks, who walk around silent, having all their body covered with anything they can find so as nobody can recognise them. Afterwards, they knock on the doors of the houses and tease the passers-by until they are finally revealed.
  4. Ikarian Celebrations – Local celebrations are particularly popular with both the islanders and the visitors. They are hel all year round, from January to November – in fact, there are more than eighty celebrations. They are full of dances, songs, traditional orchestra, good food and wine. Some of them end in the morning. The most famous celebrations, which attract crowds of people are held in the summer, particularly on St. Marina’s name day, ( July 17th )and on August 15th. All the residents of the village organising the celebration are considered hosts of the feast.
  5. Wine Tourism – The island has been famous , already from antiquity for it’s vineyards and the splendid wine. Ancient Oinoe, was named after this activity. The Wine Route in Ikaria starts from the areas of Evdilos and Raches, where vineyards are the dominant crops and they reach as far as Proespera, to the west of the island. There are three organised wineries. The vineyards of Ikaria produce the local splendid and famous Pramnios [ or Pramneios ] wine. The most common varieties in Ikaria are the red Fokiano, the white Begleri and the combination of the two as rose wines.
  6. Therapeutic Tourism – The Thermal springs of the island are invaluable. The springs are thermometal, with a strong presence of the gas radonium. In the wider area of Agios Kyrikos there are modern springs at Thermo and Chilo to the west, and in the area of Lefkada, within 2 km from the modern springs. At the centre of Agios Kyrikos you can find the spring of Moustafa – Litsa. The Therapeutic springs of Spilaiou toy Pamfili Kratsa, Artemis and Apollo rise at Therma. there are unexploited springs in the countryside beside the sea. In the surroundings of Lefkada and in the ruins of Therma. The spring of Agia Kyriaki is to the NE of the island. The water of the Immortals, a spring appropriate for curing nephrolithiasis, [ Kidney Stones ] spurts from the Xylosourtis Beach.
  7. Hiking Routes of Ikaria – In Ikaria you can discover some of the most beautiful and important paths thanks to the rare ecosystem of the island and it’s great geophysical interest. Choose the hiking route to Dasos Tou Ranti, the oldest forest in the Balkans, the descent to Raos Choutra Cave in Mesaria as well as the tours of the anti-pirate  houses and the abandoned villages. The island has an organised climbing and hiking club.

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