Posted on 2017-11-182017-11-23 by larkspurFirst Visit to Agios Kirykos Our first view of Agios Kirykos, the capitol city of Ikaria. The population here is between 3000 and 4000 people. We finally have a rental car, and the freedom to travel now. We are less thrilled when we realize that it will cost the equivalent of $150 to fill up our tank on the island. Agios Kirykos Port. Town center. We visit a sweet shop and buy chocolate, as there is none available in Magganitis. And some cookies for good measure. A real luxury – an actual grocery store! A spice shop sells many locally gathered herbs and teas. We stop to eat souvlaki and gyros. A large group of cats gathers around our table, hoping for a scrap of meat. Yes, the middle cat is blue. It may have gotten too close to a paintbrush. The blue dome of “Agios Kirykos” church, seen from afar. Agios Kirykos is the patron saint of Ikaria and the namesake of the island’s capitol. The road from Agios Kirykos back to Magganitis is somewhat treacherous, with rockslides, hairpin turns, goats, sheer cliff faces and Greek drivers. Every so often, part of the road falls off the side of the cliff. After that, the lanes are just narrowed to conform to the new space. Not everyone makes it home. The road that was built from Agios Kirykos to Magganitis in 1985 connected the small fishing village with the rest of the island. This tunnel, close to Magganitis, was bored through solid granite. The tunnel is also what allowed Magganitis to finally receive electricity. Coming through the tunnel as we approach Magganitis.