Dear friend of Ikaria

Today I'll introduce you a cultural monument of our island: the lighthouse of Kavo Papas in Karkinagri.

The lighthouse

Kavo Papas is the oldest lighthouse in the Balkans and the largest one in Greece. Built between 1886 and 1890 by the French Com...

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One of the most entertaining activities for the Ikarians during autumn is mushroom hunting.

Every year in autumn from October to December the locals are praying for rain, followed by a couple of days of sunshine. The reason is simple: that kind of w...

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today we'll talk about the basic myth of Ikaros and how Ikaria got its name.

Once upon a time in ancient Greece there was Dedalos, a great sculpturer of his era and much more …

Because of that, his sister asked him to teach her son, named Talos, his...

Dear friend of Ikaria

Are you an olive lover? I am! And in this story I will tell you all about olives, olive harvesting and our divine olive oil.

Olive harvesting is one of the important seasonal jobs of a typical Ikarian (or even a Greek) household. Every year from...

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One of the interesting things you will experience in Ikaria is the sense of belonging.

Ikarians from all over the world, from the very past years until today have a unique sense of belonging to their island. It doesn't matter if they are thousan...

Dear friend of Ikaria,
Today I will tell you a story that I already promised you long time ago. For those that remember: it has to do with houses and … nicknames!



The Rabbit’s House
The ruin are the remnants of the ‘Rabbit’s House’. The ‘Rabbit’ was a man that had bee...

Dear friend of Ikaria,

Do you know this feeling: of walking past a building every day, wondering what its history is, but never finding out? I had this every time I would walk the road from Evdilos to Akamatra. On that road there’s the construction that you see in the...

Dear friend of Ikaria,

Last Sunday, May 1st, we celebrated our Orthodox Easter. No matter what your religion is, you will find our custom of “Mnimosino”, or “Memorial”, quite interesting. On Easter Day we honor the deceased persons in our families …

The custom dates...

Dear friend of Ikaria,


In this article I will tell you some interesting facts about this mysterious place Lagada, and about the way the pirates influenced Ikarian architecture.

Lagada is mentioned as "the ark of Ikarian survival". For more than 100 years, about 300 fa...

Dear friend of Ikaria,

Have you ever heard about "The Rock of the Ikarian Man"? It is a famous story that really happened on the island of Evia. But before telling you the story, I need to explain a little more about "the old times" in Ikaria.

Ikaria has always been...

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