Iraklia or Heraklia, the largest of the islands of Small East Cyclades, located between Naxos and Ios. Calm hills with remarkable flora, rocky coast with picturesque coves, traditional paths for pleasant walks are those elements that make the island attractive for nature lovers and those seeking a peaceful holiday.
Iraklia is the largest island of Small Cyclades. It is located in the east part of the complex of Small Cyclades, south of Naxos. The island has two settlements, Panagia in the middle of the island and Agios Georgios, where the port is located. Irakleia is inhabited from early antiquity. On the island there are many mysterious rock paintings dated about 5,000 years before. The paintings named Bousoules and they possibly used to serve as orientation marks. The island continues to be populated and the subsequent years. In the place Livadi, an ancient fortress is saved. The fortress dated from 4th-2nd century B.C. At modern years, Iraklia was property of Hozoviotissa Monastery in nearby island Amorgos.
Ecosystem of Iraklia inhabit the Mediterranean seal Monachus monachus, Caretta caretta sea turtles and other protected rare species. Of special interest are the cave of St. John, wonderful creation of nature, the castle and the most beautiful beach in Meadow, with Venetiko islet. The highest peak of the island is the Pope, 418 m.
During your stay on the island to visit the cave of St. John, with rich decoration of stalactites, stalagmites, columns. It is the largest cave of the Cyclades. You will also visit the church of St George, founded in 1834. The bay of Merichas is ideally located for those who want to observe the behavior of birds. Surrounded by cliffs of over 100 meters, the bay forms a natural nests among the cliffs on wild pigeons and vultures. The castle is near the Meadow beach, where you will find evidence of the ancient settlement that was used as a defensive fortress of the Hellenistic period. From the hilltop Pope can admire the wonderful view of the islands located around Iraklia. Saint Athanasius is one of the most picturesque villages of the island. The intense Cycladic architecture and the abandoned houses traveling visitors in the past. Ormos Alimia a depth of about 7 meters, you can see the sunken German seaplane that had been broken during the Second World War. Many visitors make dives to the photograph closely.
Ideal vacations apart from magical, seductive beaches, a comfortable stay and fun, must also have good food! In this department the tiny Koufonisia have much to offer. On the island of Iraklia You can buy traditional products such as honey, Kefalotyri, cheese and beans. Also, bread baked in a wood oven. You will also find local delicacies of the island hand made to be taste it .Ta known what are the “pitaridia” (noodles) and “meletinia” (pies with cheese, eggs and sugar).