Mountainous Ios, with its green sea and beautiful beaches, is popular with a young crowd but slowly changing to accommodate older, higher-end visitors. Though there are many beaches on the Island, Far Out beach down in the Mylopotas area is the place most people head for during the day that offers sand, sun and water sports.


The Island’s main town is white Chora where one can spot the ruins of an old Apollo temple and the church of Panaghia Gremiotissa. It is the only settlement that stay inhabited during winter time.

You can visit the tomb of the poet Homer by bus or by hire your private motorbike.

The architecture in Ios is typically Cycladic. Little whitewashed cubic houses with blue painted doors and shutters are standing close one to another, surrounded by narrow stone-paved streets.

For nightlife, the Main Road offers top notch nightclubs like the brand new Seven Sins or the world famous Planet Ios (DJ MAG said Planet Ios is the only club on Ios to fly the true club banner). Good places to warm up early in the village are spots like Red Bull, Flames and Slammer Bar.

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