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Description

Greater in extent and with a wilder beauty than the nearby Koufonisia and Schoinousa, Irakleia could be characterized from its calm force among them because it has an impressive mountainous volume but also many windless beaches, which are protected from heavy winds thanks to Naxos and Ios.

Life in Irakleia rolls in slower rhythms. It offers calm and relaxation and many alternative proposals for walks,fascinating explorations, swimming in spotless beaches, diving in marvellous sea bottoms, but also entertainment at its traditional island feasts.

Irakleia is the westerner island of the Small Cyclades and is found south of Naxos and north-east of Ios. The island has a surface of18 square kilometre and has two settlements with 120 residents.Locals are occupied with fishing, livestock-farming, agriculture and apiculture.

The capital of Irakleia is Hora (Panagia). An asphalt street of 4 kilometres connects Hora with the second settlement and harbour of the island, Agios Georgios, on the northern coast. Residents of Irakleia are very hospitable and say always good morning to foreigners with a smile. There are only 80 rented rooms on the island, so during summer one needs to have booked in advance.Taverns, cafes and bars of the island are all picturesque, clean and  with complete service, while traditional festivals of the island, give the chance for another type of human contact and entertainment.
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