Students may live on-campus, at the Centre’s guesthouse, in a family atmosphere, where they can speak Greek even outside of class time, with the instructors also living on campus.They can relax and focus on their studies in the quiet and natural environment around the Centre, with its gorgeous views of both mountains and sea
The Ikarian Centre’s campus is located 1,5 km away from the picturesque village of Arethousa, in a remote and peaceful mountain spot (300m altitude https://goo.gl/maps/4sU6SEtnBo52), although it’s only 45 minutes by foot from the beach.A breathtaking landscape combines views of the sea and the island’s mountain. In the sky, birds of prey fly during the day, while the Milky Way and thousands of stars appear on the clear summer nights.
There are numerous opportunities for hikes nearby, as well as bird-watching, swimming, and sun-bathing, not to mention the opportunity to become acquainted with the local Ikarian culture, which may make you believe that you have stepped out of a time machine.
The campus and the guesthouse was completed in 2001 and consists of a group of four separate buildings immediately adjacent to the classrooms and studios, each designed and constructed with a careful eye to the traditional local architecture. The facilities include:
- 2 meeting rooms – classrooms: one for 40 people, and the other for 10
- A large open-air meeting area – classroom for 40+ people
- A small library with dictionaries and literature in Greek.
- A large communal kitchen and a kitchenette in each guest room.
- Fast and reliable Internet and wifi, telephone, washing machine.
There are 7 independent two -or three- bed rooms, each with private bath and kitchenette and a large 40 m2 studio for 5 people. Each of the simple rooms can host 2 or a maximum of 3 people (the third in a bunk-bed). All rooms have a private bathroom and they are located adjacent to the course venues.
- Breakfast IS NOT served at the guesthouse, however our guests may use the kitchenette in their room in order to prepare breakfast and simple meals.
- Linen is provided to all guests.
Shopping can be done at Arethousa (the nearest village), about 15-20 minutes (1,5Km) away by foot. The road from the villages of Arethousa or Karavostamo to the guesthouse is not paved and there is no traffic. The beach (in Karavostamo) is 45 min away on foot (10′ by car). Many beautiful beaches are nearby, as well as tavernas, restaurants, coffee shops and bars (distances from 2-8 km, 5 to 20 minutes by car).
The cost of living in Ikaria is still quite inexpensive: A meal at one of the local tavernas costs about 10 – 12€ (including wine).