A very sparsely inhabited island, Iraklia comes to alive during the months of July and August when the Island’s Livadi Bay becomes dotted with numerous yachts. This island is the perfect untouched Greek destination you are looking for and sits amidst an enduring and long history, mysterious speires and Venetian fortifications, ruins of temples that existed in the Hellenic-era temples and the olive groves. Iraklia island falls under the category of ‘lesser’ or ‘small’ Cycladic islands such as Keros, Donoussa and Kato Koufonissi among others. It is located between the islands of Amorgos, Los and Naxos.
Iraklia comes with a little over 100 permanent residents who can be found in either the Chora settlement or the Agios Gergios village at the port. The island lacks much to offer apart from deep relaxation and the closeness to nature. While you are here, ensure you visit the unorganized small Cycladic beaches of this island and have a gaze at their turquoise waters. Most of these can be reached by foot, making the island the best destination for free camping and trekking. Here is what you should know:
What to do in Iraklia
Activities to engage in Iraklia are very limited as the island is still far from organized tourism. This leaves walking and swimming as the main activities you can undertake in. The beaches are arranged in an unorganized and totally secluded, giving you the maximum privacy you can wish for. When going for a walk around Iraklia, be open to experience the picturesque locals and traditional vibes.
Places to eat
- O Pefkos
O Pefkos is a very unique and cosy Greek restaurant. Covering half the restaurant is a tree, giving you that nice ambience, shade and breeze as you devour the freshly prepared local cuisines. The restaurant serves very cheap food, and you will love the moussaka and the roasted fish. They are spectacular.
This is the Pizza haven of Iraklia. From local Pizza tastes to Italian specialities, you will be guaranteed of some of the best tasting pizzas you have ever come across. What is even better, they serve huge pizzas you will have to take it with you when leaving.
- To Steki
Located above the bakery in Panayia, you will love the secret dish prepared every night. Additionally, you can opt for meals on the menu, which will be served to you in substantial portions by an amiable and inviting personnel.
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|Agios Georgios beach||Pigadhi|
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