DAY 2 – Sunday, July 10, 2016
The island of Ikaria situated in the eastern Aegean belongs to the Prefecture of Samos in the Dodecanese. It has a population of about 8500 and an area of 660 km². It is mostly a mountainous island featuring long coastlines, green slopes and steep rocks. The roofs of the houses are all made of slate and they are pretty much like the ones in Pelion.
The island was named after Icarus, Daedalus' son – the mythical sculptor and inventor. According to Greek mythology, Minos, the king of Crete, was furious when he found out that Daedalus had given Ariadne (Minos' daughter) the special thread that helped Theseus, the king of Athens , escape from the labyrinth after having killed the horrific Minotaur. To punish Daedalus, Minos locked him into the labyrinth along with his son, Icarus. Seeing that it was impossible for them to escape by sea since armoured ships patrolled the Cretan coastlines, Daedalus realised that they could only escape by air. Daedalus's inventive mind soon worked out a solution. He constructed huge wings from wicker branches and cloth and stuck them together with wax. Then he attached his wings onto his shoulders using wax again and showed Icarus how to attach his own wings. They flew together over the high mountains of Crete travelling to freedom. Young Icarus, however, was so thrilled that he started flying higher and higher to greet Helios (the Sun). In vain, his father warned him not to go near Helios. Very soon, the hot rays of the sun softened the wax and melted the binds of the wings. As a result, Icarus fell into the deep sea and drowned. Since then the sea in the eastern Aegean has been called the Ikarian sea and the nearby island, Ikaria.
We spent our second day on the enchanting island of Ikaria at Livadia beach, which is only a few steps away from Erofili Beach Hotel. We really enjoyed swimming in those crystal-clear blue waters. We swam for about an hour and worked up an appetite. We tried the nearby Delfini Tavern with a spectacular view to the beach. The food was good but, unfortunately, the service was very slow.
Later in the evening, we went for a walk at Armenistis stopping at souvenir shops, taking photos or simply gazing at the immense blue of the Icarian Sea.
DAY 3 – Monday, July 11, 2016
Armenistis is a small fishing village and a pole of attraction for many visitors and tourists. It is the dock area of the Municipality of Raches, and spreads out above its small golden bay. And what a beautiful bay this is!
Our third day on the island of Ikaria was yet another glimpse of paradise.
DAY 4 - Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Since our arrival on the island of Ikaria, we had been toying with the idea of renting a car and exploring the unique beauties of this island. Finally, we decided that all we really wanted was a quiet and relaxing holiday, a great beach and, of course, great food!
DAY 5 – Wednesday, July 13, 2016
We spent the whole day on the beach and later we enjoyed yet another walk along the narrow streets of Armenistis. This is one reason why we both enjoy each other's company so much that we've never felt like going on holiday with friends!
DAY 6 – Thursday, July 14, 2016
After a copious breakfast at the veranda of Erofili Beach Hotel, we walked to the nearby beach of Messakti. This is a quiet sandy beach. There were hardly any people when we got there. Swimming in those waters was sheer bliss!
While basking in the sun (such a pity I never get a decent tan!) I read a book about the local produce. I honestly thought that "kaisi" – a kind of apricot - existed only in Cyprus. Well, this same kind of apricot is called "kaisi" in Ikaria as well. Alkis was unable to understand why I was so excited! Ah...well! :-)
DAY 7 – Friday, July 15, 2016
This was our last day on the magical island of Ikaria. We decided to spend it at the swimming pool. I hate swimming pools but when I realised that the swimming pool at Erofili Beach Hotel is filled with sea water, I changed my mind. We loved the luscious garden and swimming in the pool was an invigorating experience.
DAY 8 – Saturday, July 16, 2016
Today, at 06:30 we bid a fond farewell to the alluring island of Ikaria. Olympic Airways landed at Eleftherios Venizelos Airport , Athens at 10:00 am. We spent four enjoyable hours at the airport in Athens before flying Aegean Airlines back home.
Indeed, this was a memorable holiday!