A balanced pace of life and a proper diet, fresh air, the absence of pollution sources and the excellent quality of pure wine. So, islanders would describe Ikaria, located in Greece and motivates its fame - such as ‘’the longevity island’’, because here, people are living much longer than the rest. Thus, Ikaria has contoured gradually its title and fame, due to conditions that lengthen life.
In beautiful Ikaria you can get either from Athens with an airplane up in Samos, (19 km southwest of Samos), and then a ferryboat gets you on the island, or if you're in Turkey, from Kussadassi port is easy to reach Ikaria.
Island landscape fascinates by its contrasts. The landscape is mountainous, largely dominated by the massive Aetheras, with its 1,037 meters, being the highest point and deep gorges crossed by crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches, but also an abundance hydrological network, due to which are cultivating the olives, nuts and apricots, famous in this area. Thus, Ikaria is among the wildest and untouched islands in Greece, with a particularly charm. Ikaria Sea is the one which is surrounding the island and is considered one of the clearest waters in the world so you can imagine the whole idyllic picture.
Some of eloquent scientific explanations are those such as: people eat healthy, cook with extra virgin olive oil, have a diet rich in vegetables and fish, drink mint, sage, thyme, chamomile tea and the physical activity isn’t missing at all, not even in an advanced age. They use herbs, which are powerful antioxidants, to treat various diseases. Also, the inhabitants of Ikaria are consuming goat milk, goat rearing being their main activity. Another secret that everyone should keep in mind, if time permits of course, is to sleep at noon, at least 30 minutes. Locals keep the habit, because studies shown that sleeping at noon prevent stress and heart diseases. People don’t hurry; they don’t put value on something more than the family, no clocks to be punctual and not wasting their time focusing on the arguments. Instead, they enjoy the simplicity but also the joy offered by nature and put value on what they eat, think, and last but not least, on what they undertake to live life as much as possible, in the most beautiful and relaxing way. Knowing all this, you're curious to see how it is living in this oasis of greenery and long-lasting life? If you are, come and visit the island of Ikaria. Will be quite a unique experience where time can be your friend.