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Island in South Aegean

Attractions, Beaches & Things to Do on Ios

A photo of the Port of Ios taken from the ferry boat.
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Port of Gialos, Ios

Located in a natural bay, it connects the island, that does not have any airport, with the Greek mainland and numerous other Aegean islands.

A picture taken from the sea that depicts the Agia Irini Church at the north part of Ios Port.
↙ SW   < 1km

Agia Irini Church, Ios Port

Chapel of the 17th century dedicated to St Irene. It is built at the north point of Ios port and stands for its white color and 2 belfries.
A part of the Gialos (Ormos) Beach at Chora of Ios.
photo: Theo77 / CC BY-SA 3.0
↑ N   < 1km

Gialos (Ormos) Beach, Chora Ios

Beautiful sandy beach that is organized and has many beach bars. It is located in the windless bay which hosts the main port of the island.

The front side and the main entrance of the Archaeological Museum of Ios.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 3.0
→ E   ≈ 1.1km

Archaeological Museum of Ios

Small museum founded in 1998 and housed in the neoclassical mansion Amoiradakeio Megaron, hosts findings of the island's historical past.

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
→ E   ≈ 1.1km

Church of Panagia Gremiotisa

The highest point of the Chora hosts the chapel dating from 1797, dedicated to the Patron Saint of the island the "Virgin Mary of the Cliff".

Inside one of the most popular nightclubs of Ios, Disco 69.
→ E   ≈ 1.1km

Nightlife in Ios Island

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

An overview of the main settlement of Ios named Chora.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0
→ E   ≈ 1.2km

Chora of Ios Island

Central village that follows the traditional Cycladic architecture and is built on the hill 2 kilometers over Ormos the port of the island.

A panoramic picture of the cove that hosts the Kolitsani Beach of Chora, Ios
↘ SE   ≈ 1.4km

Kolitsani Beach, Chora Ios

Peaceful sandy beach that can be reached after a 10-minute walk from the parking spot and is ideal for nudists apart from the high season.

Three windmills (two new-renovated) which are located on the hill at the north of the Chora of Ios.
→ E   ≈ 1.6km

Windmills of Ios

At the north hill of Chora, there are 12 preserved and 2 renovated windmills that compose one of the most photographed spots on the island.

Remains at the archaeological site of Skarkos on the island of Ios.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 3.0
↗ NE   ≈ 1.8km

Pre-Historic Settlement Skarkos (Archeological Site)

Early Cycladic settlement (2700-2300 BC) with two-story buildings and urban organization.

An picture of the cove where the Koumpará beach of Ios island is located.
photo: Gzseminar at Greek Wikipedia
← W   ≈ 2.1km

Koumpará Beach, Ios

Golden sand & organized beach with shallow waters and nice tavernas nearby. It is located in a cove protected by the north and east winds.

A picture showing a part of the beach of Mylopotas on the island of Ios.
↘ SE   ≈ 3.1km

Mylopotas Beach, Chora Ios

Probably the most popular beach on the island that is fully organized and hosts numerous beach bars and many restaurants in close distance.

A panoramic picture of the cove that hosts the Agia Theodoti Beach on Ios island.
↗ NE   ≈ 8.4km

Agia Theodoti Beach, Ios

Beautiful and not crowded at all, it is a sandy beach that promises absolute relaxation, while its small canteen offers the basic amenities.

Ruins of the tomb of Homer on the island of Ios over the Plakoto Bay.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 3.0
↗ NE   ≈ 10.5km

Tomb of Homer, Ios

According to many sources and ancient historians, the burial place of the greatest poet of antiquity is on northern Ios close to Plakoto Bay.

An image showing a part of Psathi Beach on Ios island.
→ E   ≈ 11.6km

Psathi Beach, Ios

Quiet and almost remote beach that is not organized but offers natural shadow from the local tamarisk trees, thick sand & relaxing scenery.

A panoramic picture of Kalamos Beach of Ios.
→ E   ≈ 14.2km

Kalamos Beach, Ios

The definition of natural scenery and tranquility composed of a sand and small-pebble not organized beach that can be reached by a 4km dirt road.

A panoramic picture of the Magganari Beach on the island of Ios.
↘ SE   ≈ 15.8km

Magganari Beach, Ios

Peaceful, fine-sand beach that is far away from the crowded center and its turquoise waters make it one of the most beautiful of the island.

An image of the rocky coast of Iraklia Island.
↗ NE   ≈ 29.6km

Iraklia Island

The definition of relaxed holidays on an island with an approximate population of 150 inhabitants and no any petrol station or bank service.

A picture showing the small island of Schinoussa.
↗ NE   ≈ 38.9km

Schinoussa Island

The cental of the "Lesser Cyclades" complex, stands for a genuine friendly notion and is an ideal destination for relaxation and tranquility.

A blue-white dome and a belfry on Santorini island with the blue sea of the Aegean in the background.
photo: Public Domain
↓ S   ≈ 42.7km


One of the most famous tourist destinations on a worldwide level, with an intense atmosphere created by its active volcano and a unique sunset.

A photo showing a part of the main settlement of Naxos (Chora) taken from the hill of the Portara monument.
photo: TimOve / CC BY 2.0
↑ N   ≈ 48.8km


The largest island of the Cycladic complex where the fertile soil & the rich surrounding sea make it self-sufficient and interesting to explore.

Questions & Answers about Ios

Why Visit Ios?
  • Its name derives either from "Ia" meaning flowers or by "Ios" meaning pile of stones.
  • The homeplace of Homer's mother and the island that hosts the tomb of the poet.
  • Among sailors, its nickname is "Little Malta" due to its windless port.
What is Ios, Greece?

Ios is a small Greek island of the Cyclades island complex. It is situated among Naxos, Sikinos, Santorini, and Amorgos. Today, Ios is a synonym for endless partying and is a top destination for young people from around the world. In the last years, there is a continuous effort to upgrade the tourism infrastructure and promote the natural beauties of the island, hoping to become a destination that appeals to all tastes and ages. Ios can be reached by ferry from Piraeus and other Cycladic islands.