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Holiday accommodation on Ikaria ranges from cheap and cheerful domatia and pensions in the two main port towns to luxurious self-catering complexes with all mod cons at the island's main beach resort of Armenistis.

The capital Agios Kirykos has several middle of the range hotels and plenty of reasonably priced rooms to rent. Hotel Castro, perched on a cliff overlooking the Aegean, wins first prize for the best location in town. This C-category hotel offers comfortable rooms all with baths, TVs, fridges and balconies. On a clear day you can see over to the neighbouring islands of Thymena and Fourni.

The north coast port of Evdilos is less tourist orientated than Agios Kirykos but there are two good quality B-class hotels and several cheaper domatia. At Hotel Evdoxia, on the hill to the south west of the harbour, all rooms have sea views and there's an excellent restaurant offering a wonderful variety of fresh fish and traditional Greek fare. The owners create a welcoming environment, arranging excursions for guests and even presenting them with a bottle of Ikarian wine at the end of their stay. The other B-category hotel is the Atheras, 50 metres from the waterfront. The hotel offers a good range of facilities including a small seawater pool, gym, air-conditioning, cable TV and 24-hour room service.

For quieter accommodation try one of the domatia in the unspoilt village of Kambos, three kilometres west of Evdilos. Or head inland to the enchanting hill town of Khristos Rahes where there's a hotel and a peculiar local custom of sleeping for much of the day then shopping and socialising until 3am.

The seaside resort of Armenistis has a plentiful supply of rooms, self-catering studios and some particularly stylish accommodation in the form of the gorgeous Villa Dimitri complex which spills down the hillside on the road out towards Nas. Accommodation is provided in the form of six well-equipped self-catering apartments arranged in six tiers directly above the sea. When the water is calm you swim off the rocks below.

One of the best hotels on the island is the Erofili, spectacularly perched above lovely Livadhi Beach. The rooms are traditionally furnished but boast all creature comforts and have wonderful sea views. There's a beautiful outdoor pool, an indoor salt-water therapy pool, a jacuzzi and a breakfast balcony where you watch the waves as you tuck into a hearty buffet of local produce.

Another upmarket choice is the Messakti Village complex of self-catering villas directly above stunning Messakti Beach. The villas have been built and furnished in a traditional style and are linked via a series of slate paths leading through four acres of gardens. A unique feature of this self-contained holiday village is its cultural centre, built in the style of an ancient theatre housed within a rock formation where various live performances take place throughout the summer.

The island has no official camp site but carefree types bed down for the night along the lower reaches of the river which leads onto beautiful beach at Nas, three kilometres west of Armenistis.

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