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Traveling to Greece: Ikaria Blue Zone Greek Island

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Traveling to Greece: Ikaria Blue Zone Greek Island where people forget to die

Happy August, kaló mína, from the beautiful island of Ikaria, one of five "Blue Zone" regions on the planet. Blue Zones are places where researchers have found people live longer, healthier lives than the average, regularly reaching 100 years old!  Where are these Blue Zones? Besides Ikaria, you can find them on Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Loma Linda, California; and Okinawa, Japan. 

Traveling to Greece: Ikaria Blue Zone Greek Island where people forget to die
Ikarians definitely follow the lifestyle researchers associated with such a long life:
2. No stress
3. Agricultural work(out)
4. Social connections  
5. Creative activities...and of course, dance!

Spending a few days on this lovely island is sure to inspire you to try to do the same! You can get your workout exploring the picturesque villages from the sea up to the hills, swimming in the beautiful waters of the eastern Aegean, and, if you're lucky, dancing away at a panigyri festival, where you can taste delicious roasted goat.

Ιkariotiki Kathoura, photo by Dana Facaros

Even though Ikaria was named after Icarus, who flew to close to the sun, the island is also said to be the birthplace of Dionysus, the god of grapes & wine, and is known for its own red wine  - you can even visit a winery up in the hills. Try If the local goat cheese, kathoura, too. 

Ιkaria, Greece, photo by Greeka

Ikaria may not have the hustle & bustle of some of the other Greek islands but with a longevity history like that, it definitely is on our bucket list!

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