Ikaria's ancient history is wonderfully showcased in the new Archaeological Museum in Agios Kyrikos and the Archaeological Collection in Kampos. Visit at least one, and try to get to both, to better understand Ikaria's veneration of Dionysus and the grape vine, its early trade routes that extended to Asian Minor and beyond, and rituals, settlements and styles that cultivated Ikaria's special flair.
THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM IN AGIOS KYRIKOS
Hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:30 – 15:00
Languages: Greek and English
Winding up the center of Ag. Kyrikos, climbing a set of stone stairs and venturing through back roads, you can find the long awaited new Archaeological Museum. (Also accessible by car.) The museum is situated in a neoclassical building, which served as the first secondary school for the island.Read More
Visiting tip: if you'd like to visit the Tower of Drakano this year, it is open only on Fridays from 8:30 - 15:00.
All other times you can still walk around here to enjoy the astounding views and the tower's architecture, but will not be able to walk into the tower grounds.
When visiting Ikaria, bring your old copies of Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad and re-read the passages below. Homer used natural elements of the islands and seas as metaphors to drive forward plot points and portray the minds of men. Ikaria shows up in mythical scenes filled with follies, desires and cunning delights.Read More
A joint Greek-American team of underwater archaeologists have found 22 ancient shipwrecks around Fourni, a small Greek archipelago.Read More