Iraklia is the first in the series, starting from the west, and the largest island in the Small Cyclades (or Lesser Cyclades). It is an ideal destination for anyone seeking tranquility, simplicity, and alternative tourism. The rich biodiversity of the island, which is largely due to the geomorphology of its territory (with its many rugged caves, ideal places for nests) has led to the inclusion of the whole region in the Natura 2000 network as a Special Protection Area (SPA). The vertical cliffs of Merichas that plunge into the sea from a height of 150 meters constitute the most representative sample of the landscape of Iraklia.
Iraklia and Donoussa have the best signposted network of community trails in the Small (or Lesser) Cyclades. You can get to know this wild, beautiful landscape better and enjoy it most fully by traversing its network of eight main marked trails, with a total length of 16 kilometers. The walk is worth the energy, because the trails provide the best way to experience all the beauties of the island.
Iraklia has few beaches, but they are very good ones.The two most beautiful beaches on the island (which are among the most lovely ones in the Small Cyclades) are the beaches of Alimnia (with the submerged German hydroplane) and Karvounolakkos. They are accessible only by sea (but you can reach them with the tourist boat Anemos).
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