Ηρακλειά – Smaller Cyclades

A small and extremely quiet island just east of Naxos. A real get-away-from-it-all island, with steep hills and tough terrain for at least some good walking. Not a lot is open here out of high season, but you will have a couple of tavernas to choose from. The food is good and simple. The little accommodation that exists are more than sufficient for the few people that venture here in low season, and prices are low. But in high season it may be full, phoning ahead is essential. A few more facilities are being built, though. Ferry tickets can be bought at the only supermarket. There is NO bank or telebank. There is one cardphone.

The only sightseeing, except to visit the few settlements that exists, is to a rather scruffy cave, see the walk below. One nice beach, totally deserted in low season.

Selected walks: For walks on Iraklia take a look in Walking the Aegean Islands by Dieter Graf (referred to below as “/Graf/”), Naxos and the Small Cyclades by Dieter Graf and Christian Ucke and the newer Amorgos, Naxos, Paros and the Eastern & Northern Cyclades by Dieter Graf, which should be more up-to-date.

•1 Ag. Georgios – Ag. Ioannis – Ag. Georgios: (3h51 total time) This is walk 14 in /Graf/. On such a small island navigation is invariably rather easy. You just cannot go very wrong, just read the text carefully and you should find your way. Let me remark that the path from Ag. Athanassis towards the cave is extremely rough and requires the best in footwear. Tough boots only!

• Good starting points: • Ag. Georgios – just about the only place to stay

• How to get there: • Almost daily ferry from Naxos and the other Smaller Cyclades (depending on season) • Some ferries from other islands • Some ferries from the mainland

• More info: Sorry, none yet

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