Ios offers many secluded bays ideal for yacht explorations, with peaceful, seafood tavernas.
It is a top yacht charter destination. It is a well known destination for youthful, partying tourists, for the intense nightlife that can be experienced in the lively beach resort of Mylopotas and the harbor named Ormos.
The island is steeped in history and offers beautiful, unspoiled beaches. It’s also the reputed resting place of the poet Homer, creator of the Iliad and Odyssey.
It’s a hilly island, largely fringed by cliffs, roughly half-way between Paros or Naxos and Santorini. Until quite recently its only source of income was agriculture on the terraced slopes of the Kato Kamopos valley and its side valleys.
You can try water sports like water ski and solo x or other activities all day on the beach of Mylopotas. In the island there are diving centers where you can try diving with the help of specialized trainers.
The numerous beach bars and clubs of the area are open day and night always full of youthful vibes which will make your holidays an unforgettable experience. In the clubs and bars you can try the different drinks, shots and cocktails, listen to great music, dance and meet new people!
The island offers numerous choices regarding tourist entertainement. If your ideal holidays include beach parties and nightlife Ios is one of the perfect destinations for you.
If you are on holidays with your family and want to spend some relaxing and fun time, or you are eager to learn about the history and culture of the place you can visit the main museum of the island, the Archaeological Museum of Ios, with four exhibition rooms that compines antiquities from surveys, excavations and surface coatings.
If you enjoy learning all about tradition, visiting the numerous churches in the island is the best way to start your holidays. Another cultural point is the house of Giannis Loukianos, at the center of Chora, which is decorated with mosaics. It is an interesting house – laboratory, bulit in the place of the older one, where only the northerly wall is preserved.
The little port of Ios, with the domed Church of Ayia Irini (17th c.) lies in a sheltered bay on the west coast of the island. One kilometre up the fertile Kato Kampos Valley, conspicuously and picturesquely situated on the hillside, is the chief place on the island, Ios. Its white Cycladic houses and 20 or so churches and chapels are enclosed within a dilapidated circuit of medieval walls.
On the hill above the village stands a double of typical windmills. Outside the main sailing season Ios has a relaxed atmosphere, there isn’t much to do but you can wander around, get good provisions and you won’t be disturbed by loads of backpackers.
Ios harbour is located on the west side of the island. The little rocky island Diakofto is stands out clearly on the west side of the entrance of the Ios bay. Care should be taken of the reef running south on the east side of the entntrace of the bay, just 100 m from cape Xeres. When the meltemi is blowing, string gusts are coming into the bay.