Hiking-Trekking on Iraklia

Iraklia is an ideal place for hiking fans –endowed with many hills and peaks featuring many of the endemic plants in the Cyclades. While walking on the old cobbled footpaths, visitors also enjoy superb views and frequently spot rare bird species.

The entire island is part of the Natura 2000 network of natural habitats.

#1 - Panagia – Agios Ioannis Cave

01 Aug 2013This is a 2.5km. trek, southwest of Panagia, to the renowned cave of Agios Ioannis which features an impressive décor of stalactites, stalagmites and pillars, as well as the so-called “cave milk” –rare stalagmitic substance in watery form.The cave is one of the biggest in the Cyclades and one of Greece’s most interesting.  It also...

#2 - Panagia –Prophitis Ilias - Papas Summit

01 Aug 2013The view from here takes in all the neighboring islands (Ios, Paros, Antiparos, Naxos, Donoussa, Ikaria, Koufonissia, Schinoussa, Amorgos, Anafi, Santorini), as well as virtually all of Iraklia’s serrated coastline. The trail is on the whole of moderate difficulty but includes some more demanding stretches. On the way up you pass by...

#3 - Panagia - Merichas Cliff

01 Aug 2013This 1.5km. footpath (about 45 minutes) leads to a spot of particular natural beauty, Merichas bay, surrounded by precipitous cliffs more than 100m high.Wild pigeons and predatory birds make their nests here. The route is graded of low difficulty.

#4 - Agios Georgios - Agios Athanassios

02 Aug 2013Small plain with olive groves and seasonal farming produce, the abandoned settlement of particular architectural style at Agios Athanassios, chapel of the same name, exceptional views

#5 - Agios Athanassios - Selladi

01 Aug 2013A short, 1km. ascent on the slope of Pappas hill that takes about 45 min. The footpath, which is of moderated difficulty, starts at an elevation of 165m. and ends at 275m.

#6 - Averou - Agios Ioannis Cave

02 Aug 2013A 1,460m. trail (45 minutes) of moderate difficulty that takes you to the island’shinterland. It starts at an elevation of 150m. and ends at 100m. Spot rare flora species on the way.