Iraklia is the perfect place for hikers, since there are many mountains where numerous endemic plants grow. Walking on old stone-paved paths, one can see rare species of birds and enjoy the wonderful view. The island has been included in the Natura 2000 network.
Excursion 1 : Panagia – Agios Ioannis cave
A route of 2.5km to the southwest of Panagia leads to the famous cave with its impressive formations of stalactites, stalagmites and columns.
Excursion 2 : Panagia – Profitis Ilias – Papas peak
A 2km route which passes by the chapel of Profitis Ilias and ends at the highest point of the island at 418m, from where one has an amazing view of all the surrounding islands (Ios, Paros, Antiparos, Naxos, Donoussa, Ikaria, Koufonissia, Schinousa, Amorgos, Anafi, Santorini), as well as almost all the jagged beaches of Iraklia, blending with the blue of the Aegean Sea.
Excursion 3 : Panagia – Fterò Mericha
A 1.5km route that leads to a point of exquisite natural beauty: Merichas bay is surrounded by vertical rocks of more than 100 metres in height, providing shelter for rock pigeons and birds of prey to nest.
Excursion 4 : Panagia – Vrysi
A 1km route from Panagia leads to the spring which provides water to the settlement. The enchanting view and the cool water at the end of the route more than compensate hikers.
Excursion 5 : Panagia – Agios Athanasios
A 1.5km route that all nature lovers will enjoy. An old path that crosses a torrent leads to the abandoned settlement of Agios Athanasios with its interesting street layout, houses of traditional Cycladic architecture and a great view.
Excursion 6 : Agios Georgios – Aghos Athanasios
An alternative 3km route to the old settlement above, taking the old road.
On a hill near Livadi beach lies the Castle, an abandoned fort from the Hellenistic Period, showing the history of the island. Ruins of temples dedicated to Zeus and Tyche, the goddess of luck, were found in the same area.