Irakleia-one of the Small Cyclades

The port

In the Cyclades, between Naxos and Ios, is a small island with an area of only 18 km² ιs Irakleia, the westernmost inhabited island of the so-called Small East Cyclades.

Irakleia Irakleia is a peaceful place, ideal for rest and relaxation. It has 151 inhabitants and consists of the villages: Virgin or Country, at the foot of the Pope terms and St. George, where the port of the island. The names of settlements from its church erected them in.

Irakleia

Small, beautiful beaches or pebbly beach, with crystal clear waters surround the island. The Linadi, the largest of the island beach, to Amoudi Merihas, Alimia, Tourkopigado, the Vorini Cave, the Vourkaria etc.

Irakleia the church of Taxiarches

Irakleia

Irakleia

Irakleia

Irakleia looking in the Aegean

Irakleia looking in the Aegean

Attractions on the island are: Castle Meadow, around which identified many archaeological finds from the Neolithic era, the settlement Agios Athanasios, which today has almost abandoned, but presents an interesting layout with the Cycladic architecture, the Cave of St. John , the largest cave of the Cyclades with an area of 2000 square meters, with rich decoration of stalactites and stalagmites, the cave of the Cyclops, which according to local tradition is the cave of the Cyclops Polyphemus, the bay Merihas has steep and rocky shores height 100 m. Finally, from the top of the Pope, at an altitude of 420 m. The visitors can enjoy the panoramic views of neighboring islands.

Irakleia looking in the Aegean

Near the southwest coast of Heraklion is Avelonisia two uninhabited islets, which are classified as «place of outstanding beauty» and included in the Network Natura 2000. In these rocks have been observed rare endemic plant species with limited distribution and are home to the endangered Mediterranean monk seal Monachus monachus.

Irakleia looking the Sunset

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