The secrets of eternal life

Fifty kilometres from the Turkish coast, a craggy rock rises out of the Aegean. Of the Greek islands, Icaria is the one spoken of with the sense of knowing a secret. It is one of five UNESCO-designated Blue Zones; a place where the elderly live to be 100.

Defiantly self sufficient, having won their independence from the Turks, Icaria is an island of exile and healing, with less than 10,000 residents, and community at its heart.

In the summer, I travelled there with photographer Ellie Tzortzi for South Africa's Taste Magazine, in search of the secrets of longevity hidden in the island's kitchens, rocks and waters. You can read about our travels and see the tearsheets from our journey here. And if you're passing through Athens, here's where you should eat.