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Ios (Island)

Ios Sunset

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Welcome to Ios!

The coastline of this predominantly mountainous island with its countless chapels, its olive trees, its vineyards and its limpid air, is adorned with small, attractive coves. Those features combine with the crystal clear sea, the superb sandy beaches, and the excellent range of amenities to make Ios a magnet for tourists.

Locally called Nios, this is an island whose history goes back to prehistoric times. According to Herodotus, the "poet of poets," isotheos (=god-like) Homer was buried at Plakotos, in the north of the island. Pausanias tells us that there was an inscription at Delphi confirming the poet's interment on Ios, which was the homeland of his mother, Clymene.

Above the pretty harbor of Ormos, where fishing boats and yachts bob at anchor, stands the capital of Ios or Chora. The town stands on the site of the ancient city of the same name and is a typical Cycladic settlement, with whitewashed houses, narrow alleyways, and chapels. Among the many churches, those of St. Catherine, St. John the Baptist, and Sts. Cosmas and Damien stand out. The entire beautiful image is rounded off with the bulk of the medieval castle and the row of windmills, which top the town.

The sites of Ios include a Hellenistic tower and the remains of an ancient aqueduct at Aghia Theodoti; traces of an ancient temple at Psathi; a ruinous Venetian castle at the spot known as Palaeokastro; and the Hellenistic tower at Plakotos, which we have already mentioned. The Archaeological and folkloric Museum in Chora and the Museum of Modern Art at Kolitsani must definately be also mentioned.

Lovers of the sea will be enraptured by the superb beaches of Ios, some of them busy (such as Milopotas and Manganari), and others no less attractive but much quieter [Aghia Theodoti, Psathi, Kalamas, Plakes, Tzamaria (stressed on the i), Kolitsani (stressed on the a)].

The authentic Cycladic beauty of Ios, in combination with the island's rapid development for tourism, has had the effect of attracting ever-increasing numbers of visitors.


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Acteon Hotel

For a good location, very nice sea view, and comfortable, simple accommodation, the Acteon offers all of this, plus twelve guest rooms with private bath.

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Category: 2-Star Hotels
Location: Cyclades Islands (Island Complex) | Ios (Island) | Ios
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Skala Hotel

For a two-star, self-catering hotel, the Skala offers good facilities, including a swimming pool and a snack bar. Its excellent location allows you to easily explore the capital of the island.

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Category: Self Catering
Location: Cyclades Islands (Island Complex) | Ios (Island) | Ios
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Ios: Cities and Towns


Ios, Mylopotas Beach



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Ios Town

Ios Town
Ios Town View

Ios Town View
Ios Beach

Ios Beach
Ios Beach

Ios Beach
Ios Beach View

Ios Beach View
Ios Crystal Clear Water

Ios Crystal Clear Water
Ios Panoramic View

Ios Panoramic View
Old windmill at Ios island

Old windmill at Ios island
Ios

Ios
Ios

Ios
Ios Chora

Ios Chora
Ios, beach at the port

Ios, beach at the port
Ios, Church at the Port

Ios, Church at the Port
Ios, Church in Chora

Ios, Church in Chora
Ios, Mylopotas

Ios, Mylopotas
Ios, Mylopotas Beach

Ios, Mylopotas Beach