Agios Kirikos is situated on the southeastern coast of the island and was founded over three hundred years ago by local sailors who dedicated the city to Agios(Saint) Kirikos. It is the capital of Ikaria and the main gateway to the island by land, sea, and air. Most of the public services of the island can be found here. With its old two story captains' mansions, flower filled neighborhoods, narrow cobble paths, endlessly ascending stone steps, central square flanked by shops, and the non-stop comings and goings of the people, combines the picturesqueness of the Aegean architecture with the benefits of a modern town.
This is one of Ikaria's most intriguing and beautiful beaches, and closely guarded by the villagers of the nearby village of Mangganitis who would prefer to keep it their secret and for good reason. The pebble-rock beach is located within a picturesque and intimate cove setting. There are interesting rock formations all around and the color of the crystal clear water is unmatched. A small "private" cove beach adjacent to the main beach features a large cave.
One of the best preserved examples of Athenian military watchtowers from the Hellenistic period, Drakano Fortress and its fortifications were built during the time of Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC. This 44 foot high limestone tower served as an observation point for Aegean Sea traffic sailing the channel between Ikaria and Samos.
The famous Ranti Ancient Forest lies at the western edge of the Atheras mountain chain in central Ikaria and covers an area of approximately 1,600 hectares (16km2), with an elevation range of 200-800m. The forest has an average age which spans over 200 years, with some of the oldest trees more than 300 years old. The history of Ranti Forest is mysterious with dry stone walls and shelters dotting the landscape, proof of an ancient presence.
The natural radioenergic hot saltwater spring pool of Lefkada is a relaxing body experience and not to be missed. Boulders encircle the pool where the hot springs reach the sea. There are several streams of hot mineral water in the area and the salts/mud from the streams can be applied to the body for a natural skin/spa treatment.
During the 6th century BC, the Ikarians built in Nas a temple to the Goddess Artemis, patroness of sailors & protector of wild animals and hunters. Only the temple's foundation and retaining walls of the Tauropolos waterfront of the ancient harbor are visible today and, but the natural beauty of Nas remains as it was in classical antiquity. Hiking up the riverbed will eventually bring you to a small waterfall and pool.