Icaria, Greece (Island)

Icaria, Greece (Island)

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Slowing it way down on the island of Icaria

Set in the Aegean Sea, Icaria is one of Greece's lesser-explored islands, but it's quickly gaining popularity thanks to its inhabitants' claim to fame—a long life expectancy. The slow-paced vibe and warm hospitality of the locals is sure to charm you, all while making you wonder if that's the key to their longevity. Enjoy the rugged coastlines and untouched beauty, whether you opt for an apartment with expansive sea views or experience life on a local farm. You'll spend your time trying to figure out if the fountain of youth is just outside your Icaria vacation rental.

Hot springs, hot food, hot beaches, practically all year long

Throughout the year, Icaria hosts a variety of feasts, both religious and otherwise, celebrating local culture through food, music, and dancing. These often last well into the night, and if you're visiting in summer, there's a good chance you'll catch one. Hiking and cycling tours are readily available, and the perfect way to see the whole island. Spa-lovers will be especially pleased to take a dip in Icaria's hot springs, which are perfectly heated thanks to natural thermal energy from the Earth's interior, and are rumored to have therapeutic properties.

Flexing Greek mythology muscles and perfecting wine palettes

If you can peel yourself away from Icaria's hot springs, beautiful beaches, and stunning natural landscape, there are plenty of cultural highlights around the island, too. Hike into the hills to explore the Theoktistis Monastery, which dates back to the 1600s. There are also a variety of small archeological and folklore museums and galleries around the island, each dedicated to local villages and the island's history. There's also a growing wine scene on Icaria, and you can tour wineries, perfect for getting your hands on a bottle to take back to your Icaria vacation rental.

The dreamiest spot in the Ionian Sea... for most of the year

As with most of Greece, Icaria's ideal weather lasts from April through October, with its peak season falling squarely in the summer months—particularly July and August. The days are long and hot, which means much of the region is full of travelers from Athens and abroad. September and October are more manageable, both in terms of temps and crowds, while the winter is cool, quiet, and a bit rainy. It's best to avoid booking your Icaria vacation rental until things heat up again come spring.

There's always the Ionian Sea to catch you

Icaria's name comes from the Icarus of Greek mythology, who flew too close to the sun and is believed to have fallen into the sea, somewhere near the island. Whether or not this is true, the island's rugged beauty is certainly legendary, with rocky coastlines and sandy beaches paired with lush forests and hot springs. Many of the locals work as goat herders and fishermen, relying on the land to sustain their families and the local economy. Some of Greece's best olive oil comes from the groves that can be found on Icaria.