Ikaria, also spelt Icaria, lies is the most southern of the North Aegean islands just off the Turkish coast about 20 kilometres south-west of the major island of Samos.
Since ancient times, Ikaria has been famous for it's dark red wine, its thermal springs and for the legend of Icarus who flew too close to the sun, melting his wings of feathers and wax.
Ikaria is a large island and unfairly neglected by holiday firms. It's not immediately appealing with a long mountain mass and steep mountain cliffs that plunge into the sea along a coastline that has few sheltered bays or good harbours.
But Ikaria has its strong adherents amongst tourists that do visit and, although few in number, the best of the Ikaria beaches can compare with any to be found in the Greek islands.
The larger villages are confined to Ikaria's coastal plains as the interior is rocky and rugged and its small mountain villages are remote and unkempt.
The best beaches are on the north coast and vary from long swathes of fine sand to sheltered coves of pebble and stone.
Ikaria is an island for those seeking a Greek holiday off the beaten track with a the taste of authentic old world Greece, away from the crowds.
Accommodation on Ikaria ranges from self contained villas to all-inclusive holiday hotels. Expect decent meals too in the many quality traditional tavernas to be found on the island.