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Outdoor Sports to Enjoy in Iraklia, Greece

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Iraklia is a diamond-shaped Greek island that is part of the Cyclades island group. Although the island is small, that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth visiting. It is absolutely packed with things to do. The natural beauty of Iraklia makes it the ideal destination for outdoor sports. Here’s more information about the sports you can enjoy while here:

Diving

The unique seabed around the island of Iraklia is rich in marine life and Neptune grass. Neptune grass is a seagrass species that is commonly found in the Mediterranean Sea. It forms large underwater meadows that are fascinating to explore. Neptune grass also provides refuge for the Mediterranean seal.

Though there isn’t a diving site on the island of Iraklia, if you bring equipment with you, you will want to see the German Arado, the sunken German hydroplane of World War II that was shot down by enemy fire. The plane was caught by fishermen’s nets close to Santorini and brought to its current location. This diving spot is located in a lovely and protected bay. The dive itself is considered relaxing, with a maximum depth of 11 meters.

Hiking

The beautiful island of Iraklia is home to many hiking paths that are ideal for all levels of experience. Whether you are traveling alone, with friends, or with your family of young children, you will find a path that suits your needs. Iraklia has a signposted network of trails to make things easier and more convenient. It’s also a good idea to get an up-to-date map of the island to take along with you during your hike.

An easy hiking route on Iraklia begins at Panagia Village and leads you to West Merichas Cove. This is an easy hike that is just 1600 meters and takes about 30 minutes without stops. This hike will offer you views of the cliffs, rocks, and caves as well as the beautiful waters of the Aegean.

Hiking the island of Iraklia will be the perfect opportunity to explore the nature of the island. Iraklia is an ideal environment for both native and migratory birds. The Hill of Pappas and the Bay of Merihas are both home to migratory birds. The island of Iraklia is declared a Special Protection Areas and Important Bird Area by Natura 2000. If you are visiting Iraklia from January – March or May until the end of June, you will be lucky enough to see the blossoming orchids of the island. You will find the most orchids toward the central part of the island.

Snorkeling

If you enjoy exploring what’s to be found under the water, snorkeling around the island of Iraklia is perfect for you. One of the best beaches for snorkeling is Vorini Spilia, which is located on the northern coast of the island near Agios Georgios. The name of the beach comes from two small rocky caves on one side of the beach that are ideal for exploring. Another beach that is ideal for snorkeling is Karvounolakos Beach. This isolated beach is surrounded by rock formations that range in color from gold to copper. The turquoise waters will draw you in and the seabed will impress you.

Enjoy these outdoor sports when in Iraklia, Greece. There certainly is no shortage of things to do while here!

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