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Ikaria is one of the world’s few Blue Zone places, an island that seems to make time stop, an area of unique geographical contrasts that vary among pre-historical forests, healing hot springs and lakes, as well as steep rocks and golden sand beaches. It's a destination for those who care for values such as kindness, peace, and equality.

It is one of the biggest islands of the eastern Aegean Sea. It is considered a mountain-island (the need to protect the island from medieval pirate attacks made the inhabitants build villages and settlements away from the coastline).

Wild, natural, and beautiful, Icaria Island and surf have many things in common. They share the eternal spirit of a culture that doesn’t get old and they both carry the promise of a magical world that will permit you to discover something new about yourself.

Messakti is one of the best and famous beaches of the island that you should not miss! The small torrent Myrsonas ends up in this beach, which creates a green wetland. If you like surfing, Messakti is ideal for that sport!

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WindGuru Poseidon Windyty Meteo NOA UOA Greece
Type: Small Wave (< 1m), Medium Wave (1-3m)
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
Seabed: Sand
Attention: Currents

Waters as clear and as blue as the Caribbean! Shallow -relatively- water makes it ideal for families but there are strong currents further offshore and care is needed when the waves are big.

Type: Sand
Size: Medium
Bathers Period: July, August
Bathers: Average
Shade: Average
Kid Friendly: Yes

Messakti is a long, beautiful, natural, golden sand beach, with crystal clear waters. It is very busy during summer and ideal for young children, very peaceful; a perfect place to relax.

GPS Google Maps: 37.630125, 26.096303

Access to Messakti:

The long beach of Messakti lies near the beach of Livadi (close to the village of Armenistis), about 11 km on the coast road west of Evdilos and 42 km northwest of Agios Kirykos -the capital of Ikaria.  The airport is 45 kilometers from the spot.

Access to the beach is by descending several steps from the main asphalt road, where one can leave his private vehicle.

Access to Ikaria:

Arrival by Airplane: Ikaria Island National Airport (JIK) is located at the northeast of the island that is daily connected with Athens airport with a 30-40 minutes flight. There are regular flights during the week also from and towards Thessaloniki, Mykonos, and Crete. It’s not sure if you’ll find a bus from the airport to Ikaria villages so you must have your own mean or take a taxi.

Some visitors arrive to Ikaria from abroad by flying first to Samos International Airport (SMI) and then take the ferry from Samos to Ikaria. Aristarchos Airport (SMI) is about 3 km outside Pythagorio and 10 km from the capital in the south of Samos island. Services are generally good with taxis and buses available, although there is no dedicated airport shuttle bus. There are three flights daily (five in summer) from Athens to Samos. Flight time from Athens is about 45 minutes. The ferry between Samos (Vathi or Pythagorio) and Ikaria (Evdilos or Agios Kirikos) takes about 3,5 hrs.

Arrival by Ferry/Boat: Ikaria has two ports, Agios Kirykos -the main port at the southeast side of the island and Evdilos at the north. It is daily connected with the port of Piraeus and Samos, as well as with Syros, Mykonos, Tinos, Paros and Naxos. Once a week is connected with Port of Thessaloniki. Also there is a one a week ferry from Evdilos to Chios. During summer the island is also connected with Kos, Kalymnos, Leros and Patmos. From Piraeus the journey takes about 7 hours, while from the surrounding islands the distance is much shorter. From Ikaria there is also a daily timetable to Fourni.

Ikarian water taxis called "venzinas" also connect Agios Kirikos with Therma throughout the day and three times a week visit beaches at Faros, Manganitis and Karkinagri. The water taxis can also be hired for day excursions and around the island trips.

Local transportations:  Local transport on Ikaria is by bus, taxi, boat, or hired car/bike. During the summer season the scheduled daily bus service connects Agios Kirikos with Therma, Evdilos, Armenistis and Raches. Private buses can be hired from local travel agents and taxi stands are found in Agios Kirikos, Therma, Evdilos, Armenistis and at the airport at Faros. Ikaria's bus service is not known for its efficiency so you might prefer to hire a car or motorbike to explore the island. However you’ll have to be very careful, since the road network is not in great condition and the roads are quite narrow.

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    Surf School’s windsurf lessons are held by experienced instructors certified by Surfing GB and ISA

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    The Surf School’s instructors are also trained as lifeguards certified by SLSA, ISLA, and Lifeguard Hellas

  • Equipment Store Equipment Store

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  • Parking Parking
    You may park on the main asphalt road, several steps from the beach

  • Toilet Toilet

  • Shower Shower

  • Beach facilities Beach facilities
    Organized beach (umbrellas & sunbeds)

  • Food Food
    Restaurants & cafeterias

  • Market Market
    A supermarket

  • Acommodations Acommodations
    Hotel & Studios

  • Nightlife Nightlife

  • Medical Center Medical Center
    Hospital in Agios Kirykos, Evdilos Regional Clinic, Pharmacies in Agios Kirykos, Evdilos & Raches

  • More Activities More Activities
    Several beach volleyball and beach soccer tournaments are held on the sands during August. Also Biking tours, Hiking tours, Yoga lessons

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    Gift shops, Car rentals, Travel agencies