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. In this way, visitors as well as locals can go hiking in Ikaria and enjoy the beauty of Ikarian nature and landscape. Some kilometers of the 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 safely.
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 kilometers are abandoned and blocked by vegetation. Obviously because today people prefer to drive than to walk… This life style devalues 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 valuable for the locals. In other words, there is a chance to keep some parts of our mountain in more primitive and wild conditions, with fewer paved streets and more trees…
You can 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, 8the 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 for exploration 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.