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Administrative region: North Aegean
Capital: Agios Kirykos
Population 2011: 8,423
Area: 254.4 km2 (98 sq mi)
Density: 33 /km2 (86 /sq mi)
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Postal code: 833 xx
Local newspapers: Nea Ikaria
Radio station: Radio Ikaria (87.6 FM)
A BLUE ZONE DESTINATION
Life is what
happens to you
while you`re busy
According to bestselling author Dan Buettner in his book Blue Zones, Ikaria is a location where people live long and healthy lives because they engage in natural movement, have the right outlook on life, eat properly, and have a solid sense of community and belonging.
It’s certainly true that Ikarians are proud of the balance in their lives: nature, freedom, time and development are all put into perspective. Despite the allure of profits associated with mass tourism, the people of Ikaria have long resisted development. Fiercely maintaining local traditions, their way of life is fulfilling and apparently rewards them with outstanding health benefits.
Buettner says that there are nine keys to
longevity and health:
Having a purpose in life
Not working too hard, slowing down
Not eating too much
Eating lots of vegetables, but not too much meat
Having the occasional glass of good red wine
Belonging to a community or having a good social network
Sharing personal beliefs or spirituality
Making family a priority
Live long, happy and healthy in Ikaria.
Nine keys to longevity and health.
About nature, communities and the purpose in life.
Blue Zone is a concept used to identify a demographic and/or geographic area of the world where people live measurably longer lives. Described in Dan Buettner’s book, “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from people who lived the longest.”
Buettner identifies longevity hotspots in Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; and among the Seventh Day Adventists in Loma Linda, California, and offers an explanation, based on empirical data and first hand observations, as to why these populations live healthier and longer lives.
The obvious question follows: What unique factors give rise to Ikaria’s fountain of youth? Is there something special in the wine, or a particular quality of its famous thermal springs? Or is the answer something more complex, having to do with social and lifestyle factors? Whatever the underlying reasons, they have resulted in the island’s recent status as one of the world’s Blue Zones.
The island where people forget to die.
The island is called Nikaria by its inhabitants. Icaria, also spelled Ikaria, is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. It derived its name from Icarus, the son of Daedalus in Greek mythology, who fell into the sea nearby.
The island’s natural resources attracted settlers as early as 7.000 B.C. It is known that in the 8th century BC Ikaria was inhabited by people from the city of Miletus in Asia Minor. In the 5th century BC it already boasted three major cities, Inoe, Thermae and Drakanos, which were part of the Delian League. After a shot domination by Samos, it fell under Roman rule in the 2nd century BC. The Romans were succeeded by the Byzantines who used it as a place for exile. After three centuries of Western European rule, it was invaded by the Ottoman Turks in 1521 AD.
During the Ottoman period the Ikarians were living in rather primitive conditions, isolated from the commerce and life in the eastern Aegean Sea.
In the early 1900s and as the Ottoman Empire were losing its power, the proud and harsh people of Ikaria disarmed the minor Turkish garrison and declared their independence. Along with their neighboring island of Fourni, they went on founding the Free State of Ikaria in 1912, which survived for just four months before it was united with the Greek state in November of 1912. The island suffered a lot during the Second World War and the Greek Civil War that followed. The right-wing Greek state send over thirteen thousand communists into exile to Ikaria from 1945 till 1949. The island’s fate changed in the 1970s when the government and locals invested in tourism and agriculture.
Today, Ikaria is considered one of the world’s five “Blue Zones” – places where the population regularly lives to an advanced age. This is due to healthy diets and lifestyles. In 2002 Greek authorities captured Ikarian-born, Christodoulos Xiros, a member of Revolutionary Organization 17 November. A 58-year-old professor and economist, Alexandros Giotopoulos, was identified as the group’s leader and was arrested on the nearby island of Lipsi.
Magical place, great courses, amazing teachers and beautiful people!
Surfing, kayak, volleyball, cantinas, umbrellas & chairs.
Volleyball, cantina with WiFi, umbrellas & chairs, camping.
Nudist beach, wild camping, temple of Artemis, waterfall.
Cantina, umbrellas & chairs.
Swim to cave, snorkelling, must go.
Snorkelling, Cave of Dionysos, beautiful rock formations.
Bars/cafes, kayak, windsurfing.
Diving/jumping from cliffs, swim to private cave.
Ikaria island is famous for its “Panagiria”, traditional feast days that celebrate the Saints’ name days or other religious holidays.
Come to see the most authentic Greek feast.
Eat, dance and get to know the islanders.
Let´s celebrate a good Greek party!
06.01.2018 | Katafigi
07.01.2018 | Proespera
10.02.2018 | Kalamos
23.02.2018 | Agios Polikarpos
25.03.2018 | Mavrianu
23.04.2018 | Amalu, Tsouredo, Nelia
05.05.2018 | Kampos
14.05.2018 | Agios Isidoros, Armenistis
21.05.2018 | Avlaki
30.05.2018 | Droutsoulas, Trapalou
24.06.2018 | Christos Rahes
29.06.2018 | Steli
29.06.2018 | Pezi
01.07.2018 | Karavostamos, Therma
07.07.2018 | Faros
17.07.2018 | Agios Kirykos, Katafigi, Arethousa
20.07.2018 | Milopo, Kossikia, Pigi, Glaredo, Profitis Ilias, Karidies, Vrakades
26.07.2018 | Agios Paraskevi (Faros), Xsilosirti, Petropouli, Karavostamo, Karkinagri
27.07.2018 | Agios Panteleimon, Feidos, Mirsonas
03.08.2018 | Agios Dimitrios
06.08.2018 | Christos Rahes, Kalamos, Christos (Ag. Kirykos), Frantato, Daphne, Stavlos
08.08.2018 | Mandria
12.08.2018 | Kares
15.08.2018 | Monokampi, Gialiskari, Kouniados, Langada, Akamatra, Karavostamo
24.08.2018 | Vrakades
27.08.2018 | Maratho, Vrakades, Agios Dimitris, Agios Panteleimon, Avlaki
29.08.2018 | Mavrato, Prospera
08.09.2018 | Kerame, Plagia, Ploumari
17.09.2018 | Kampos, Monokampi
20.09.2018 | Arethousa
08.10.2018 | Ploumari
20.10.2018 | Perdiki, Oxea
26.10.2018 | Agios, Dimitris, Katafigi
Dates and villages of Panagirias in Ikaria.
If you’re planning a trip to Ikaria check this list that details the Panagiria dates and the locations (“choria”- villages) they are held. People come to Ikaria from far and wide to take part in the celebrations and the most popular Ikarian Panagiria can be attended by over 1.000 people.
Don’t miss the unique opportunity to revel with the Ikarians amidst village surroundings, traditional food, live music, non-stop dancing, and plenty of delicious Ikarian wine.
Panagiria typically start in the early afternoon or in the evening and go on until the next morning! The most authentic Greek experience a foreigner could have!
but good life
is to be chievly