Apart from the beaches and the nightlife in Ios is worth discovering the attractions
that make the island unique in the Cyclades.
The capital of the island is Chora, expands in a hill overlooking the bay of Yialos beach just 2km from the port. Its intact traditional, cycladic architecture with whitewashed houses, picturesque churches, flowering bougainvilleas and maze-like formation of footpaths and streets create an unforgettable scenery. Chora still maintains a lively nightlife with its incredible array of fine restaurants, shopping, bars and nightclubs. Wander through the narrow streets of Chora, enjoy the view from the windmills, enjoy a cocktail at sunset and the fantastic nightlife that you will never meet again!
Port of Ios is 5 minutes away from our hotel and is a beautiful part of the island to visit during the day and the night. Around its main square you may find boutique shops, bakery, delicious restaurants & greek taverns and a modern yacht marina. Regular buses or boats are on offer to take you on various excursions to the other beaches on Ios, where you can find real peaceful areas and avoid the crowds. Right at the port of Ios is the picturesque church of St Irini, built in the 17th century and is one of the most iconic church buildings in Cyclades.
Paleokastro, literally meaning “old castle”, is practically the ruins of a Byzantine castle rising 300m above the sea level and lies in the north-eastern side of Ios island on the top of a hill. The area is easily accessible. Reaching the top after a short walk through a neat path, the visitor may wander around the old walls and Panagia Paleokastritissa church. Unquestionably what makes the site unique is the limitless view of the Aegean sea and the surrounding islands (Naxos, Iraklia, Amorgos & Donoussa).
Wander through the prehistoric settlement of Skarkos which showcases the extremely rich historical heritage of Ios. it is considered one of the most important settlements of the Early Cycladic Civilization that flourished in the mid-third millennium B.C. Its buildings are in such a good condition that the visitor can get an idea of the very architecture of the times.
- Odysseas Elytis Theatre
The theatre is located in an area further up the traditional windmills in Chora. It has been built in accordance with the functionality and aesthetics of an ancient theatre using only marble and local stone as construction materials. Its stands are amphitheatrically built, thus ensuring excellent view over Mylopotas bay and
- Homer’s Tomb
At the north end of the island lie the ruins of the ancient town of Plakotos, dating from the Hellenistic period, where tradition and the greek historian Herodotus claim that poet Homer’s tomb is situated. A short walk along a paved path leads to the top of a cliff, overlooking the Aegean sea, where the tomb stands.
The island has 365 churches as many as the days of the year, most of which are Byzantine and more than half of which are visitable. Note to climb to the church of Panagia Gkremniotissa with the picturesque courtyard located on the highest point of Chora to enjoy the panoramic view and a unique sunset.
- Gastronomy – Products
Ios has an array of traditional products that enclose the tastes of the Aegean. Try thyme honey produced on the island and the traditional sweets that you find in bakeries on the island. Also, Ios is famous for the spicy flavoured cheese and the traditional barley crisps. Finally, buy some caper to take with you the authentic taste of Ios.