Ikaria is of special interest to adventure travel nature loving hikers & walkers of all ages and abilities.
For thousands of years people have been traversing the myriad mountain paths of Ikaria. In former times
these paths or "monopatia", made up a transportation web that connected Ikaria's farflung villages with the people's farming and commercial activities in the mountains and at the sea.
Perhaps the safest and most enjoyable way is to
Take a Guided Hike/Walk with Island Ikaria Outdoor Activities who offer Hiking/Walking Day Trips on a per person or group basis. The trip includes knowledgeable mountain guide, transportation, monastery visit and picnic lunch.
On a guided hike/walk you and your group/family will be accompanied by an experienced & knowledgeable Ikarian mountain guide who, depending on your ability, time and wishes, will create a customized Ikarian Hiking/Walking Experience. You'll appreciate the stories, descriptions and facts about the local environment and history of the region/trail you select together. You will also be provided with lunch and hiking poles, and the mountain escort/guide is equipped with a Satellite phone and first aid kit for your safety.
One example of the many hiking tours available is situated in the village region of Christos-Raches in Ikaria's north-northwestern area. Forming a circle, the trail's distance is approximately 25km and spans an altitude from 0 to 500m through bush, forest and farmland, on ancient paths and trails, stone-paved mule tracks and dirt roads. Picturesque villages, steep slopes, old stone bridges, clear lakes and small rivers are only a part of the enchanting landscape you will encounter along the way.