Ios

Ios is a small island of the Cyclades group.

Ios

Understand

The island of Ios, in Greece, is a part of the Cyclades Islands in the south of Greece. Ios is a short ferry ride from Santorini, making an extended holiday or even a day trip a viable option.

Over the last few years, Ios has developed into an island that has something for all ages to enjoy. For many years Ios was known as a party island; however, there is so much more that Ios has to offer.

Ios has regularly been voted in various polls as having one of the "Top 10 beaches in Europe" and it in fact boasts 75 km of beautiful, white sandy beaches and turquoise coastlines.

The architecture of Ios is typically Cycladic and features whitewashed buildings perched beautifully on hill tops and dotted around valleys.

Ios still maintains a lively nightlife, the likes of which you will not see in the other islands. Unlike the "package resorts", the nightlife of Ios is concentrated in one place, Chora. The nightlife is very cosmopolitan yet still quite traditional. The main meeting point is in the main square. By day, Chora reverts to a beautiful, tranquil traditional Greek village where you can see the locals chatting in cafes and playing backgammon.

For those not wishing to experience the nightlife, Chora is wonderfully peaceful in the early evening and is awash with clothing and jewelry stores, souvlaki shops and excellent restaurants. Yialos (or the "Port"), is an excellent place to escape the crowds in the evening as is the beautiful Mylopotas beach.

Regular buses or boats are available to take you on various excursions to the other beaches on Ios, where you can find peaceful areas and avoid the crowds.

All in all, Ios has lots to offer for all age groups. It is a stunningly beautiful island and will be an unforgettable experience.

Get in

By sea

Ios can be reached best from Santorini, Naxos, Heraklion (on Crete island) or directly from Piraeus.

Ferry boats and high speed catamaran services run daily from Piraeus.

All domestic ferry schedules is here

If you plan on travelling to several different islands, it is wise to book all your ferries at once for a possible discount. However, keep in mind that pickup and arrival times are subject to change at anytime.

Get around

The island has three major villages.

Buses

In summer, buses operate between these three villages (KTEL IOS local bus route and timetable ).

Taxi

Taxi stations are located in Chora at the central bus station and in Yialos right infront of the ferry boat pier.

Rent a car

Additionally you can rent cars and motorcycles in Chora.

WARNING

When driving at night, use EXTREME caution. Due to the lenient laws on this island, many people drive while under the influence. Although not everyone will be intoxicated, it is wise to take the bus at night, or if you decide to drive, make sure to drive defensively and do not allow an intoxicated person to drive at any time.

Mopeds and ATVs

This is the generally the best way to get around. ATV's will cost you between €15-40 for 24 hours and a moped should cost between €10-30, depending on the season. By far this is the best way to explore the different parts of the island.

Ios is known for its popular beaches. Although they are extremely beautiful, they can also be extremely crowded during the peak travelling times.

With an ATV you are able to explore, go up a mountain and find a secluded beach. There are many parts of the island that go untouched and are truly a miraculous sight.

Boats

Boats run between major coastal towns on the island.

See

Ios Harbor

Do

Mylopotas beach

Eat

In Ios there are a number of good to very good restaurants. Here are the restaurants that you must visit...

Drink

Ios has everything to offer whether you're young or old. Fantastic nightlife with sounds from every corner of the planet; since the 70s hippies flocked to Ios for their summer solstice.

People from all over the globe converge on Ios during the summer months. Ios' bars and clubs offer a huge variety of entertainment 7 nights a week 24 hr a day. Drinking in Ios is very reasonably priced compared to Santorini and Mykonos.

In the main village there are bars such as Red Bull, Flames, Slammers, Disco 69, Circus Bar, Bulldog, Shooters, Pegasus, Orange bar, Coo, Ammos, Satisfaction, Click, Astra bar, Stellas champagne bar, Barmacy Bar, Shamrock, No name, Jonnys electric, Louies, Blue note, Ios blue, Balsamu, La cuva, Lotus, Agelos, Frankies, Fun Pub, Voodo, Liquid and Dolca Vita.

Night clubs in the village include Rehab, Sweet Irish Dream, and Scorpion.

For a complete up to Date listing of all the Bars on Ios: Ios Nightlife

Sleep

On the upper floor the white wooden ceiling maintains the Cycladic style of the house while the handmade ceramic tales ground you and give you the feeling of the earth. There is open plan living area with a comfortable lounge space with fireplace, a massive wooden dining area and a high end full equipped Corian kitchen. On the upper floor there is a master bedroom with double bed and en suite bathroom and two other bedrooms sharing one bathroom and a guest WC. Large terraces with fantastic sea views are all around this beautiful house where you can enjoy a fresco outdoors dining or relax and gaze at the big blue. On the ground floor there is a separate house with a comfortable living area, dining corner, kitchen bedroom with en suite bathroom and large terraces with splendid sea views. A secluded beach with rocks is just below the villa and a 2nd beach just 80 m walk.

Camping

Go next

Visit the other islands of the Cyclades and the rest of the Aegean Sea. The archipelago contains some 2,200 islands, islets and rocks and only 33 islands are inhabited.

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