Irakleia, or Arakleia as the locals call it. A quiet island, the westernmost of the Little East Cyclades, with only 150 permanent residents, with beautiful natural landscapes for hiking, and splendid turquoise seas for diving in the rich seabed.
Every inch of Iraklia is full of new surprises. The German wreck, the Papas hill and the beaches of Livadi and Tourkopigado are just a few of them.
A special route reveals the ruins of the castle of Livadi, a defensive fortress of the Hellenistic period and the ancient temple of the goddess Tychi (Luck). From the top of the hill, the sea view is breathtaking, overlooking the nearby islands.
For diving lovers, Alimia's bay hides a treasure. The submerged German WWII seaplane is at a depth of about 9 meters, and in days of good weather it is even visible from the surface of the sea.
CAVE OF SAINT JOHN
The largest cave of the Cyclades, is the island's most important attraction. According to the myth, the giant Polyphymus, from the cave of Saint John, cast stones at Odysseus, which created the two islets of Irakleia, Avelonisia.
Overlooking the Venetian islet, it is a favorite and popular beach on the island. Livadi is famous for white sand and shallow, crystal clear waters. It is ideal for families and has easy access to the communal coach.
A narrow bay, 2 km from the village of Panagia, with white pebbles and stones and blue-green waters for those who prefer isolated beaches. On the steep rocks around Tourkopigado the rare carrion birds find their shelter, part of the rich fauna of the island.
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