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Armenistis


Armenistis is a small sea-side settlement in the northern part of Ikaria west of Evdilos and just past Gialiskari. It belongs to the prefecture of Raches and has about 70 permanent inhabitants, a number which increases substantially in summer. Locally speaking, Armenistis is a small fishing village with a picturesque harbor, its parich church dedicated to Agios Nikolaos, patron saint of sailors, and the few year-round houses of its inhabitants. In recent years it has become a major tourism center for the island while still retaining a relaxed and traditional atmosphere.

In Armenistis' environs you will find some of the densest pine wood forests on Ikaria and an abundance of water features such as rivers and streams. Armenistis is also a starting point for local walking/hiking excursions. In addition, the area has some of the best beaches on the island. The large beaches of Gialiskari, Messakti & Livadi have fine sand and are surrounded with pine trees which stretch right down to the sea and almost up to Armenistis.

The variety of the tourist facilities offered and the convenient and quick access through the port of Evdilos make Armenistis the suitable base for excursions to western Ikaria, which is of paramount environmental, cultural, and religious interest.

The most picturesque part of the settlement is the harbor with its little boat jetty and the laid out nets ready for the fishermens' next catch. The harbor area, with its marine and tourism activity and fishing caiques, little sandy beach, and waterfront lined with the small shops, bars, coffee shops, and restaurants all in a row, is where holiday makers spend much of their relaxation time.




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