Ikaria Guidebook !!!


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This Guidebook serves as a companion for anyone who wants to truly experience why Ikaria Island (Greece) is being praised around the world. Off the beaten path, Ikaria preserved a rich natural environment, crystal blue waters, hidden mountainous folds and a distinct local culture. Why do Ikarians tend to live so long? Come and explore why.
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Hello readers


I am not sorry to interrupt the series of landscapes of others because this seems to be a good guidebook for Ikaria. Our friend Alexia’s work (1) is out of print and anyway it was only in Greek. On the other hand, the A.K.K. Editions hiking map is out of sale and I know from Angelos himself that it’s not likely to publish anything as good as that about Ikaria in the near future (2). During a visit at his house and having insisted that he should, he showed me a confidential copy of the recent e-book by Charlene Caprio and Lefteris Tsouris on his computer and I liked it. I didn’t have time to read it thoroughly and I couldn’t take it home with me because the copy was code-protected but I trust Angelo’s word. It’s an honest, careful and responsible piece of work based on long field research and that was also my impression after having read the one hundred PDF pages diagonally. The texts are to the point without unneeded literature and the maps are bold, nicely colored, clear and helpful. But the best thing about this Guidebook is the emphasis on hiking. I took a note of how the authors put it:

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«We believe that the best way to understand Ikaria is by exploring the island’s footpaths called ‘monopatia‘. Spanning over 150 km in a configuration akin to a giant spider’s web over the island, Ikaria’s footpaths evolved over hundreds of years. Many of them connect remote villages with rivers, watermills, forests, mountain peaks, sea areas, more natural elements and other villages. The footpaths also reach areas inaccessible by vehicles and traverse the mountain’s inner folds. By exploring the footpaths, you will start to discover Ikaria’s unique environment and culture…»

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As I couldn’t agree more, I also took note of the titles of the ten hiking routes recommended, mapped and described by the two authors in the last and longest part of the edition. The photos of Peter Wan who contributed in the edition are stunning and you can see some in the webpage of the e-book, however to introduce these hikes I prefered to use photos either from our blogs or the ones taken in the course of time by the members of the Mountain Climbing and Hiking Club of Ikaria. Those people are, after all, the volunteers who explore and discover, design, walk and maintain the mentionned footpaths. The authors duly acknowledge their contribution and by the way, so am I on a more personal level. If not for them and their endless discoveries, perhaps my passion for Ikaria wouldn’t be so strong.^^’
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Posing at the Waterfall (2)

  • Chalares River Canyon (Christos – Nas) walk.

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Enchanted Watermill

  • The Spanaioi Watermill with additional walk to a Reservoirs and the Monastery of Mounte.

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Boys must be brave

  • Pezi, Ryakas Waterfall and Selini pond walk.

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Sharing Radi (B X)

  • Ranti Forest Walk, Herbal and Cave Walk.

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Sharing Radi (B VII)

  • Koskinas Castle and Mt. Atheras Cliff Walk.

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Ikarian Ridge Walk Oct 30 22

  • Mt. Atheras Ridgeline Hike (reaching Ikaria’s highest peak).

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The Lighthouse and the Channel.

  • Ikaria’s Western Edge, Remote Seaside Villages and «Kavo Papas» Lighthouse Walk.

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Thyme and Tower Hike

  • Ikaria’s Eastern Edge – Drakano Tower, Agios Georgios and the WWII Bunker Walk.

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OFF THE RECORD #3

  • Ikaria’s Eastern Edge – Agia Kyriaki Hot Spring / Iero Beach.

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The day we took over the mountains!

  • Ksylosirtis (Papas) Watermill and Lefkada Hot Spring.

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Visit their webpage

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(1) Alexia and her «Unexplored Ikaria & Fournoi»Proud Alexia and her Guidebook about Ikaria

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Trail Network Shutdown

(2) Trail Network Shutdown

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9 σχόλια on “Ikaria Guidebook !!!”

  1. Ο/Η elinalafina λέει:
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    Self-guided «baby steps» through parts our wild mountainous island? I believe that it was needed. It’s fine to be by ourselves

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    but sometimes it’s also fine to meet one or two people!

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    I wonder if the publishers make a donation to the OPS Ikarias…

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  2. Ο/Η Θεοδώριχος λέει:
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    Do you think $11.95 (€10.32) is a good price?

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    • Ο/Η Eleni λέει:
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      Considering that there is no other guidebook, €10.32 is a fair price. We have to forget that Angelos plentiful hiking map was less than half this price (€ 4,50) and yet it paid for the footpath project
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      But never mind. It’s no use crying over spilt milk. Those times are over. We have to move on. It’s a good guidebook, though I also hope, like Elina, that the publishers make a donation to the OPS Ikarians.

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  3. Ο/Η CatherineSophie λέει:
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    Hi!
    I just stumbled upon your blog looking for info about the island that Ive planned to visit for a long time now! Thanks for the links! I have decided to come there this summer, it will be a long way (I’m in the Caribbean), but definitely worth it (I love Greece and plan to move there one day too). Is there any way to directly contact you (havent found anything on the blog)? It would be great to meet you once I’m there! I would love to get to know somebody who knows the island and can tell me something about it.

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    • Ο/Η Eleni λέει:
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      Hello Catherine Sophie!
      You are right. There is no contact form in my blog and that’s because I appreciate comments. So thank you very much for yours! I am afraid we can’t meet in the summer. I am always away from the island because of my work between June and October. But listen to what you are going to do:
      1st step: Order the Guidebook. You may have appreciated my blog and I am thanking you very much for this but a guidebook, esp. this particular guidebook, is more solid and more objective guidance.

      Purchase Ikaria Travel and Walking Guide

      2nd step: If you are in facebook, my advice is to join the facebook group «Hikers of Ikaria» where you will be welcome by many of my friends who not only know Ikaria but they also live there all year long including summers and they organise a lot of activities. I am not in facebook but I will tell them about you so you won’t appear in the group like a complete stranger. I can assure you, they are great helpers!

      The Hikers of Ikaria in Facebook

      3rd step: speaking of more professional assistance during your visit, check my next blog entry. I will be presenting a friend who is a guide to the island for years. She is good! Just to have an idea, I dropped a word about her

      in the second part of my last entry.
      Xenia, the OPS Ikarian guide checks the water level in the first pool

      Finally a tip from me about Ikaria in the summer. 20% walking, 30% swimming in the waves, 30% dancing in the all night long village festivals, 20% exploring the land and the people you meet. It’s a rough but fascinating island very different from Greek stereotypes.

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  4. Ο/Η Kanga Ikaria λέει:

    We have to say that besides the specialized hiking map which is still on sale in some shops of Ikaria, this book is also very useful for any hiker to have as guidance, when we, the KANGAs, are too busy and unavailable. Thank you🙂

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