Sights & Sightseeing

Iraklia offers many interesting sights, while the hospitable locals readily welcome visitors into their everyday life.

Agios Ioannis Cave

The Cave of Agios Ioannis on Iraklia is the biggest in the Cyclades group of islands, featuring a rich and impressive maze of stalactites, stalagmites and columns, as well as a rare kind of stalagmitic substance dubbed ''cave-milk''.

Chapel of Prophitis Ilias

The chapel of Prophitis Ilias, situated on a hilltop, offers breathtaking views of the nearby islands.

Church of Isodia Theotokou (Presentation of the Virgin)

The Church of Isodia Theotokou, in the village of Panagia, is the island’s largest and hosts most christenings and weddings.

Livadi Fort (Kastro)

Livadi Fort (Kastro) is the ruins of a Hellenistic era fortification (323-316 BC) that commands the top of a hill overlooking Livadi beach.

Merichas Bay

Merichas Bay, on the southeastern side of Iraklia, makes an impressive sight. Its steep cliffs, more than 100m high, host many bird nests amid the wild caper plants.

Papas Summit

With a height of 420m, Papas is the highest point of Iraklia. It is about a 2km-hike to the top on a recently cleared footpath, amid a stone-terraced landscape dotted with old threshing floors.