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Nas in Ikaria

It is about 3½ kilometres from Armenistis to Nas, just the right distance if you want to stretch your legs, over and above that you get wonderful views of the sea. Nas is, just like Armenistis, adapted for tourists, there are several tavernas and pensions, pottery shops and scooter rental places. The village, which is actually called Kato Raches, is small (50 inhabitants) and is built along terraces above the sea.


The village of Nas, Nas beach and the river Halaris on Ikaria in Greece.

Nas and the river Halaris. The beach is visible a little to the left.


Above Nas beach on Ikaria there is a temple dedicated to the goddess Artemis.

The lush landscape that surrounds the village and the beach.


Many steps leads down from the village to Nas beach. The beach is quite small and pebbly. But it is beautiful and you can jump from the rocks. The beach is popular with nudists, but also non nudists are welcome. Above the beach are the ruins of a temple dedicated to the goddess Artemis (the temple is visible in the middle of the picture below). It is said that the temple is from 600 BC. Not much to see since so little of the temple itself remains.


The beach and river Halaris below Nas on Ikaria.

Nas beach and the mouth of the Halari river.

Anna's Fish Taverna in Nas is one of the best restaurants on the island of Ikaria.

Anna´s Fish Taverna in Nas.


The view from some of the tavernas are formidable. My favourite is Anna's Fish Taverna just at the beginning of the village. Anna is full of fun and a very nice woman, moreover she is an ace at cooking good Greek food.


Anna's Fish Taverna in Nas on Ikaria.

Anna's Fish Taverna in Nas is a favourite in Ikaria.


Anna from Anna's Fish Taverna in Nas on Ikaria.

Anna herself.


Do try her moussaka, it is so fantastic that it makes my mouth water when I write about it. Something extra special is the nice views. It is easy to be seated here for a long time with a good book, or in all simplicity just laze away time and enjoy the great views.


In Nas on Ikaria I have eaten the best moussaka in all of Greece.

Anna's mousaka is one of the best I have eaten in Greece.

The best about Nas is - besides Anna's Fish Taverna - the river Halaris (Chalares) that flows out at the beach, and sometimes all the way out into the sea, then the river divide the beach in the middle. If not, the water from the river forms a fresh water lake just before the beach. What's so good about it? Well, let me tell you. You can follow the river further up in the mountains. It is easiest if you go down via the gravel road above the river. Along the river are several freshwater lakes and some waterfalls.


One of the freshwater lakes above Nas on Ikaria in Greece.

One of the freshwater lakes above Nas.


It is possible to swim in the lakes. Many do so, some takes the nature seriously and bathe in the altogether in the river. I have never seen any violins, so the real neck may not have found its way to Ikaria yet. The scenery belongs to the most beautiful you can experience on Ikaria, and that is saying a great deal since there are many beautiful sceneries on Ikaria. As you understand, it's not a real river, it's a stream gorge, but river sounds cooler.


Bathe naked in the lakes in the Halaris gorge above the village of Nas on Ikaria in Greece.

You can swim in the lakes.


There are four blue zones in the world and one of these is on the island of Ikaria in Greece.

Sitting and philosophizing by the river Halaris is like meditating.



There is not a large selection of hotels and pensions in Nas. This is probably because most people choose to live in nearby Armenistis. If I were to stay in Nas, I would have booked Artemis Studio.


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Don't miss Armenistis when you visit the village of Nas on Ikaria.

Do not miss Armenistis, which you can read about here »


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