Ikaria is a very distinguished island in the North Aegean sea of Greece which, together with Samos and Fourni, form the province of Samos. It's about 60 km long, has a surface area of 270 sq.km. and a perimeter of about 60 miles. Ikaria lies 144 sea miles from Piraeus. Ikaria is a very unique experience for every visitor, and especially for the one who lays his eyes on the island for the first time.
Ikaria is a mountainous island with untouched natural beauty, which is composed of rich vegetation, pine forests, steep cliffs, impressive ravines in the one half, rivers, creeks, valleys and beautiful sandy beaches on the other half.
Ikaria's name derived from Ikaros, the son of the famous ancient architect Daedalus. In ancient times, Ikaria was also called "Makris" and "Dolichi" due to is oblong shape, and "Ichthyoesa" because of the abundance of fish in the Ikarian Sea. According to legend, Ikaros, the first aviator of mythology, fell into the sea off Ikaria’s shore and drowned. From this, the island took the name Ikaria.