The old settlement of Vrakades lies to the west of the island, about 260m above sea level. This picturesque village is spread out in an area of lush vegetation below the bare mountaintops of Atheras. Its well cared for houses both old and new, the typical terraces filled with the villagers' cultivation, the main square with its grand church next to the primary school, the historical monument, beautiful cultural center, and the traditional coffee shops complete the picture of this little village. The vicinity of Vrakades lends itself to strolls and hikes on the hill of "Kasteli," which has a breathtaking view at dusk. There is also a small folklore museum in the village.
At the central square of Vrakades stands the beautiful monument reminding every Ikarian and visitor of the glorious struggle for Ikarian survival. The monument made of Ikarian slate depicts Ikaria with its 4 ancient cities and the areas which were the main hideouts of the 16th century as well as the figure of the Ikarian mother, the heroine of those days holding her baby in her arms looking onto the future full of hope.