The ‘island of longevity’ has long been awarded ‘Blue Zone’ status for its residents with youthful complexions and an unerring zest for life. The reason for the number of centenarians on Ikaria has often been credited to a diet rich in legumes and low on stimulants, like coffee, but a weekend rubbing shoulders with the locals reveals that there might be more to living a longer life than eating lentils.
Ikaria’s peculiar geological and tectonic structure has blessed it with precious geothermal springs. Outdoor natural hydrotherapy is a popular activity in the island, especially with the locals.
Sofia’s [pictured at the top of the page] Magirio, a traditional Ikarian dish with string beans, potatoes, peppers, corn and fresh tomato sauce. All home grown ingredients picked freshly from Sofia’s land that morning and paired with the local red wine. A priceless lunch.
View from the house of Greek painter and sculptor Vangelis Rinas, born in Samos but raised in Ikaria. The gorgeous marble piece in the house’s exterior overlooks Fournoi-archipelago, a cluster of tranquil rocky islands known for fishing.
A quintessentially Greek sight: a table resting under a tree where local food is about to be served, with fresh olive oil aplenty. The taverna of Leonidas in Faros smells of sea salt and pine trees.