Iraklia Beaches and Other Things to Do

Iraklia donkeys
Katie

9th December 2018

Step of the ferry by the picturesque port beach on Iraklia, the clear blue waters with tiny colourful fishing boats bobbing up and down, to a small collection of smiling locals hoping you haven’t yet made an accomodation reservation. The small Agios Georgios behind them with its sky blue rooftops and the green mountains towering behind.

Heres how we spent our blissful five days on Iraklia…

Boat Trip

Buy tickets for this boat trip the day before from the mini-mart in the centre of Agios Georgios. It cost us €15 each and was well worth the money. They take you around the entire coast line with a chance to visit some of the most beautiful beaches which are pretty much impossible to reach on foot.

Iraklia boat livadi beach walk

We visited the most amazing beach – Alimia beach. It was secluded and beautiful and our boat group were the only people there. The water was gorgeous and snorkelling was amazing.

About 20m swim from the shore you can swim to a World War II plane wreckage which was really cool!

Iraklia Alimia beach plane wreck World War II
Alimia beach, Iraklia beaches

Hiking

The hike to Agios Ioannis cave is very sweaty but the views on the way are amazing, You enter the cave on your hands and knees through a small opening – so prepare to get dirytu and bring a good torch!

We hiked from our hotel in Agios Ioannis and it took us a total of 5 hours to get there and back. The route is pretty well marked out as long as you know what trail numbers to look for.  There is a map of the island with the walking route by the port. We followed the directions on http://www.cycladen.be/IrakliaText.htm which were perfect.

Iraklia Map of walking trails
Iraklia trekking route to caves
Iraklia trekking route to caves

Cocktails at Surfin Bird 

Sipping an expertly crafted cocktail whilst looking out over the ocean is hard to beat! This place does pretty decent food too.

I recommend the ‘Lemon Pie’ cocktail – delicious!

 

Surfin Bird Iraklia Views of moonlight

Livadi Beach

The beach was never busy and shallow waters go on for ages! We spent hours sunbathing and swimming here. The Thalassa beach bar was fab and did delicious stuffed pittas for a bargain!

If you get to meet John the sea turtle we will be very jealous!

Click here for our blog on our favourite Cyclades beaches.

Mythos
Iraklia souvlaki
Iraklia livadi beach

Where we stayed:

Alexandra’s Rooms- Basic but clean self-catered apartments with a great view from the small garden in front. €35 per night.

Iraklia boat trip dome photo sea

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