IRAKLIA ISLAND SMALL CYCLADES
Iraklia Island belongs to the Cyclades islands. In the same island group are also Amorgos, Anafi, Andros, Antiparos, Donoussa, Folegandros, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Kithnos, Koufonissi, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Schinoussa, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos, Syros, Thirasia and Tinos.
Here, in the small Iraklia Island all the buildings have been cleverly adapted to the residents daily needs and in a spectacular way have included the simple beauty of the Cycladic landscape.
Conditions for survival were hard and today we marvel at the wisdom and ingenuity of the inhabitants regarding the economy of materials which were limited due to the minimal internal spaces of their homes. Buildings were adapted to the shape of the land as deep excavations were not possible. They used the natural character of the land to provide protection against wind and cold so that their architecture became a part of the landscape and nature itself in Iraklia .
When visitors of Iraklia take a walk through a traditional settlement, they have the impression that they are in a labyrinth and that surrounded by a fascinating setting for a movie.
It is an unforgettable experience to walk through the maze of narrow cobbled streets of Iraklia Island, whitewashed facades of unsystematically built houses and churches, continuous whitewashed square, low buildings which have been built in harmony with the land.
There are villages in Iraklia. Agios Georgios (the port) of Iraklia Island and Panagia, also called Chora. The small picturesque port village Agios Georgios lies fantastic beautiful. Here live approximately half of the islands inhabitants.
In Agios Georgios Iraklia In the village you will find three tavernas, one bar, one supermarke cafe, and a tourist office that also contain a mishmash of many things, like a post office, atravel agency and a mini market.
In the "capital" of Iraklia Panagia the inhabitants lives a simple farmer life, here is not much for tourists;here you may find a mini market with bakery and one small taverna. In the mountain there is a small church and a windmill.
Most of the tourists take the short walk to Livadi beach fifteen minutes from the port. It is not only the easiest beach to reach; it is also the best and longest beach on the island. Here you may find one taverna which is open during high season and a cafe bar about 500 meters from the beach offering fantastic view.Above the beach is some rests of an old fortress (Kastro) from Hellenistic time.