The island owes its existence to Icarus’s plunge into the sea after the wax of his wings melted. Ill-fated people have been visiting ever since – it was a place of exile for left-wingers during the civil war and the Colonels’ dictatorship. Don’t let this put you off; the locals revel in their quirky reputation and the varied landscape rewards exploration.
What to do Talking of quirky, how about bathing in radioactive hot springs? Apparently, this is actually beneficial to the health – researchers are exploringwhether this is the reason for the islanders’ legendary longevity – and can be experienced at several bathhouses.
Where to stay Toxotis Villas (from €110) is a group of seven gorgeous villas, which combine a fantastic location with luxury, privacy and a traditional style.
Where to eat Thea’s Inn is a proper Greek taverna in the pretty village of Nas, focusing on local food, including meat and vegetables from the owners’ organic farm.
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