The stunning island of Ios, in Greece, is a part of the Cyclades Islands in the south of Greece, situated halfway between Naxos and Santorini, only a short ferry ride from Santorini;
ideal for an extended holiday or day trip.
Famed as a Greek ‘party island’, Ios is so much more than the cosmopolitan nightlife which can predominantly be found in the town of Chora; Ios is brimming with charming, traditional Greek villages and has been voted one of the "Top 10 beaches in Europe"
, boasting 75 kms of beautiful, white sandy beaches and turquoise coastlines.
The architecture on Ios is utterly dazzling with its typical Cycladic whitewashed buildings perched beautifully on hill tops and dotted around valleys
. Pick any one of these tranquil Greek villages and spend the day amongst the locals chatting in cafes and playing backgammon
- soak up the authenticity of what seems to be an era gone by. As the evening comes, wander through the cobbled backalleys of Chora
, awash with clothing and jewellery stores, souvlaki shops and excellent restaurants, or make your way to Yialos or the Port to escape the crowds and unwind with a drink on the beautiful Mylopotas beach.Points of InterestArchaeological Museum.
According to ancient writers like Herodotus and Pausanias, the known poet Homer died and buried in the island of Ios. His tomb is located at the area of Plakoto at the top of a hill where visitors apart from the monument can gaze at the marvellous Aegean Sea and the near islands. The prehistoric settlement of Skarkou.
Situated in a short distance from the village of Chora, this settlement has been declared “as the largest settlement of the prehistoric years known to date, in the years of full growth and strength”. Archaeological spot of Paleokastro.
A Byzantine castle, built at the top of a hill in the north-eastern side of Ios, where visitors can see the walling, the internal part of the Castle, the church of Panagia Palokastritsa and admire the splendid view of the Aegean islands. The church of Panagia Gremniotissa
is a characteristic church of the island, with the typical Cycladic architecture.