Iraklia is the westernmost island of the Small Eastern Cyclades group. The island's surface area is 18.078 square kilometers and it's located south of Naxos, about 18 nautical miles from Naxos Town (1 hour and 15 minutes by ferry) and 2.5 nautical miles from Naxos's southern capes, Gaitani and Katomeri. Irakleia has a population of 150 who inhabit two settlements: Panayia or Hora (the main village) and Ayios Georgios, the port.
Irakleia is a good destination for travelers wanting to get away from all. There's little nightlife on the island, but it's an ideal setting for leisurely strolls or underwater exploration. The port has water supply facilities for boats. The island also has a heliport. There is neither bank nor gas station, however.
Islanders make a living from livestock keeping and farming. The island is famous for its cheeses, meats (goat, lamb, and pork), its fava and its fine thyme honey. In summer, locals also work in tourism-related services.