Pathways: Hiking Ikaria’s mountains.

In the project Ikaria pathways, we try to clean, mark and map the old foot paths of the island of Ikaria, especially the ones of the region of Arethousa. Like this,  visitors as well as locals can go hiking Ikaria and enjoy the beauty of Ikarian nature and landscape. Some Kilometers of footpaths are already cleaned and mapped, with the help of volunteers. Download the map of Ikaria’s footpaths you can find in this page and start hiking Ikaria safety.

Project Ikaria Pathways

Project Ikaria pathways is an  initiative of Dialogos, on the island of Ikaria based on volunteers from all over the world. Paths are scattered across the length of Ikaria and connect taverns, churches, historical sites, beaches and villages. In the past, these paths were used for communication, travel and the grazing of animals. Although some of the paths are still in use today, many kilometres are abandoned and blocked by vegetation.  Obviously because today people prefer rather to driver than to walk… This life style devaluates the wild life around our villages. Project Pathways aims to promote another use for these  paths.  A use  that becomes useful for the locals: hiking. As hiking attracts tourists, and tourists leave some money in the local communities, these abandoned footpaths can suddenly become voluble for the locals. In other words, there is a chance to keep some parts of our mountain in a more primitive and wild conditions, with less paved streets and more trees…

Ikaria’s pathways map

Click here to download the map on your smartphone, and start hiking.

You start from the coastal village Karavostamo go up to “Pera Arethousa” and return to Karavostamo via a different route. A nice journey for a day. If you feel that you want to swim, you can walk up to Aris Potamos, the beach next to Karavostamo. The footpath goes by the sea.

Each pathway offers a different view of an impressive landscape. From sheer ocean cliff-faces to grassy hills and lush forest, Ikaria’s paths offer a special opportunity to explore in a socially conscious and environmentally friendly way. Many of the routes pass through social and economic hubs, allowing visitors to experience a slice of Ikarian life that might have otherwise remained hidden.

Inside Project Ikaria Pathways

The routes


Ikaria Pathways.
Arethousa – Pera Arethousa

Ikaria Pathways. <br> Arethousa - Pera Arethousa
Distance: 30 min. The route goes down to a valley and crosses a little crick. A secondary route lead us to a small chapel. At the end of the route you can find "taverna i Plaka" with home made wine and food ...
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Ikaria Pathways.
Beach to Beach: Karavostamo > Aris Potamos

Ikaria Pathways. <br>Beach to Beach: Karavostamo > Aris Potamos
Duration 20' Distance: 0.5 miles Minimum Elevation: -1 feet Maximum Elevation: 77 feet Total climb: 36 feet Total descent: 114 feet Be sure not to be afraid of heights, since the pathway is quite narrow. In some parts you will have the steep cliff on your left side with the sea right below and the steep mountain slope on your right. BE CAREFUL TO STAY CLEAR OF THE CLIFF RIDGE AND NEVER TRESPASS THE WHITE SAFETY LINE! This is our "Don't cross the line" route - if you want to ...
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Ikaria Pathways.
Mountains to Beach: Arethousa > Karavostamo

Ikaria Pathways. <br> Mountains to Beach: Arethousa > Karavostamo
Length: 4 km, approx. 45 minutes. This route starts from the beautiful church in the peaceful village of Arethousa. On your tour to the beach in Karavostamo you will witness some wonderful views of the valley of the river, the mountains of the area and the sea below ...
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More than hiking

More than hiking
Arethousa is a picturesque village in the north of Ikaria, a short taxi ride from Evdilos. In the hills tucked away from tourists, it is the perfect village for visitors wanting an authentic Greek experience. Enjoy: ...
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