Ios

Do you want to party till the morning, take pictures of blue-white houses, and tan on the beach? Ios is most probably your summer destination.

Ios Beaches

#1

Kolitsani Beach

Kolitsani is a peaceful sandy beach a mere 10-minute walk from the nearby parking lot. Outside the high season, it is ideal for nudists.

#2

Magganari Beach

Magganari fine-sand beach is far from Ios' crowded center. With turquoise waters and a sand strip, it's one of the island's most beautiful beaches.

#3

Kalamos Beach

Without any buildings close by, Kalamos is a top natural-scenery beach. Accessible through an adventurous dirt road that should not discourage you.

#4

Mylopotas Beach

Probably the most popular beach on the island, Mylopotas is developed with sunbeds offered by beach bars. Restaurants close by.

#5

Agia Theodoti Beach

Beautiful and not crowded at all, Agia Theodoti is a sandy beach that promises absolute relaxation. A small canteen provides the basics.

#6

Psathi Beach

A quiet, somewhat remote beach without umbrellas and sunbeds. Seek shade under tamarisk trees, and enjoy the relaxing scenery.

An picture of the cove where Koumpar√° beach of Ios island is located.
photo: Gzseminar at Greek Wikipedia
#7

Koumpar√° Beach

Koumpar√° is a golden-sand, developed beach with shallow waters and nice tavernas nearby. Located at a cove protected by the north and east winds.

A part of the Gialos (Ormos) Beach at Chora of Ios in a picture between two trees.
photo: Theo77 / CC BY-SA 3.0
#8

Gialos Beach

Ios Port

At Gialos, a sandy beach with beach bars. Located at the windless bay next to the island's main port, it's awesome that this beach is super clean.

Ios Attractions

#1

Ios Windmills

On the hill to the north of Chora, there are twelve well-preserved and two restored windmills. It's among the island's most photographed spots.

The church of Panagia Gremniotissa (Virgin Mary of the Cliff) on the the highest point of Chora in Ios.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0
#2

Panagia Gremiotisa Church

At the highest point of Chora, there is a chapel dating from 1797, dedicated to the Patron Saint of the island the Virgin Mary of the Cliff.

#3

Agia Irini Church

Ios Port

To the north of Ios port, a 17th century chapel dedicated to St Irene stands out for its two bell towers. It's usually quiet.

Remains at the archaeological site of Skarkos on the island of Ios.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 3.0
#4

Skarkos Archeological Site

Early Cycladic settlement (2700-2300 BC) with two-story buildings and urban organization. The tour is limited to the excavated section of the ruins.

Ruins of the tomb of Homer on the island of Ios over the Plakoto Bay.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 3.0
#5

Tomb of Homer

According to ancient historians, Homer died in Ios. This burial site is said to belong to him; however, it was built much after his death.

Ios Island Hopping

A blue-white dome and a belfry on Santorini island with the blue sea of the Aegean in the background.
photo: Public Domain

Santorini

You will find plenty of otherwordly views of the sea, sky, and the crater on this crowded volcanic island. Its sunsets will leave you speechless.

Paros

A popular tourist destination with vibrant nightlife, here you will indulge yourself with blue-white streets, hiking paths, and golden beaches.

Naxos

This large island offers a plentiful choice of historical sites, traditional villages, and beaches - a place for road trips, sunsets, and nightlife.

Ios Why visit?

  • Its name derives either from "Ia," meaning flowers, or "Ios," meaning pile of stones.
  • Home of Homer's mother and the poet's final resting place.
  • An island with vivid nightlife and great beaches.

Ios Things to Do

#1

Nightlife in Ios Island

One of the leading party destinations among the Greek islands famous for the great variety of bars, cocktail bars, and nightclubs.

#2

Schinoussa Island

The central island of the Lesser Cyclades bears a resemblance to what Greek islands looked like in the 60s. Ideal destination for relaxation and tranquility.

#3

Iraklia Island

The definition of relaxed holidays on an island with an approximate population of 150 inhabitants and no cars or bank services.

Ios Museums

The front side and the main entrance of the Archaeological Museum of Ios.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 3.0
#1

Archaeological Museum of Ios

A tiny museum housed in a neoclassical mansion that exhibits findings found on the island. Nice to visit it after the archaeological site.

Ios Settlements

Chora of Ios Island

The head village has white-blue architecture, narrow streets, and above all, a vibrant nightlife attracting mostly young tourists.

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