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Ios (109 km2) is one of the smaller islands of the Cycladic archipelago with its dimensions of 18 km in length and 10 km in width. It is quite rugged to mountainous. If any of the Cycladic islands can be said to be an island of opposites, it is Ios. It has a population of just 2,500, but during the summer season this number multiplies many times over, as the island is a destination for many visitors of all generations, attracted by its exuberant nightlife and beautiful golden sandy beaches. Currently, it holds the top position of the TOP not only Greek islands. Even those who prefer a quieter holiday will not miss out, as the island of never-ending entertainment and exuberant nightlife has retained its original charm and unspoilt wildlife to this day.

Everyone will be surprised by dozens of magical beaches, some of which are completely untouched and completely hidden from the average visitor. Most are covered in fine golden sand, gently sloping down to the azure blue of the clear sea. They rightly rank among the most beautiful places to stay in the Mediterranean. The most popular resort is Mylopotas, with a beach more than 1 km long, from where cruise boats take you to perhaps the most beautiful beach, Manganari in the south or Psathi Bay in the east. Gialos has a marina with yachts and fishing boats lined with excellent fish tavernas. To the west of the harbour is the quiet Koumbara beach. The ruins of the medieval fortress of Palaiokastro tower over the beach at Agia Theodoti on the north-east coast. At the nearby Moni Agias Theodotis Monastery, a festival is held every year to commemorate the islanders' victory over the pirates.

Ios gained fame as the final resting place of Homer, his tomb is said to be located in the north in the ancient city of Plakotós, which gradually slid down the cliffs. The main town of Chora (Ios) on the west coast has a unique atmosphere and its centre is virtually inaccessible by car, but it is quite ideal for pedestrians who can enjoy pleasant walks through the winding streets with unforgettable white houses, relax in one of the local tavernas or be tempted by the preserved history and nostalgia of this town. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants, bars and shops selling souvenirs, fashion and jewellery. The best views are when you climb to the highest peak to the church of Panagia Gremiotissa. Here you will find what is surely the most spectacular sunset on the island. Not far from here is a series of 12 windmills and a short distance away is the amphitheatre, where theatre performances and concerts are held in the summer months. Active hikers will also enjoy walking in the rugged mountains, where they can discover a number of archaeological sites. If you want to explore the island in more depth, we recommend a jeep safari, a boat trip to Pikri Nero beach, Papa beach or some of the nearby islands including the mythical Santorini.

Basic information:

  • Greek name: Ios (Ίος)
  • Capital: Chora
  • Island area: 109 km2


129 min.
Includes: Ios, Chora, Panagia Gremniotissa, Agii Anargyri, Village Twins Hotel, The Mills, Panagia, Odysseas Elytis Amphitheater, Kolitsani, Valmas, Agia Irini, Gialos, Agios Georgios, Tzamaria, Fanari Lighthouse, Koumbara, Skarkos, Agia Triada, Kambos, Almyros, Loratzaina, Diammoudia, Kambaki, Plakoto, Plakotos, Kato Avlaki, Tomb of Homer, Agios Charalambos, Avlaki Angeli, Agios Dimitris, Agia Theodoti Bay, Agii Anargyri, Paleokastro, Agia Irini, Psathi, Psathi, Panagia tou Pori, Agios Ioannis Kalamos, Kalamos, Agia Trias, Tris Ekklisies Bay, Manganari, Cape Chalara, Diamoudia, Santorineiko, Pikri Nero, Klima, Agia Ekaterini, Panagia Mersinitissa, Agia Anna, Agios Dimitrios, Agii Apostoli Petros & Pavlos, Agios Ioannis Pyrgos, Agios Georgios, Profitis Ilias, Mylopotas


28 min.
Includes: Chora, Mylopotas, Gialos, Tzamaria, Koumbara, Skarkos hill, Loretzena, Tomb of Homer, Diamoudia beach, Plakoto, Agia Theodoti, Paleokastro (Venetian castle), Psathi, Agios Ioannis (church), Kalamos, Manganari

Accommodation - Ios


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