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Holidays In Ios

Ios Holidays at a glance

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This is solid proof that for UK Press & public, Greece is a top holiday destination, an easy and safe to explore country, capable to satisfy every taste and budget.

The island of Ios lies between Naxos and Santorini and is renowned for being the burial place of Homer 'the poet of poets'. Nowadays, Ios is an island for all ages, perfect for lazy holidays spent sunbathing on one of the many long, sandy beaches and for evenings as lively or relaxed as you wish.

Who holidays in Ios?

Holidays in Ios in the resort of Mylopotas are perfect for those seeing a lively beach scene with fun filled nights with an array of bars and clubs open until the early hours. Ios holidays in other resorts are considerably more sedate where holidaymakers can kick back and relax on the golden sandy beaches.



Key Facts - Ios

  • LanguageGreek
  • CurrencyEuro
  • Time Difference+2 GMT
  • Flight Duration from UK3 - 4 hours (Approx)
  • Nearest AirportSantorini (JTR) - Hydrofoil or Ferry to Ios

Ios Holidays - Destination Profile

Ios holidays appeal to those looking for good nightlife in high season, golden sandy beaches and plenty of water sports. Ios holidays are also perfect for those wanting relaxing, laid back holidays with stunning scenery and beaches, turquoise waters and friendly locals. Ios has a charm and character of its own and there is something for everyone on this magnificent island.

Value Holidays in Ios with Olympic Holidays

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Holidays in Ios - Things to see

Ios Town: Also known as the village, Ios Town is a dazzling mix of white houses and blue domed churches. There are ruins of the Venetian fortress, built in 1400 by Marco Crispi, remains of ancient walls and 12 windmills above the town. Ios town is the liveliest part of the island with several decent bars and a few excellent clubs for all tastes in music.

Gialos: The port of Gialos, or Ios Port, has a busy harbour, with yachts and fishing boats, good seafood and tavernas. It is much quieter than Ios Town. On the left of the port near the entrance, is the beautiful 17th century church of St. Irene. It is structured in a peculiar way with two altars, one older than the other and it is assumed that they were used by the Orthodox and Catholics respectively. Gialos and the area around the port is the perfect starting point for many beautiful walks around the island.

Medieval Castle Ruins: The remains of the ancient town built where today's capital is situated. The ruins of the medieval castle built in 1937 are worth visiting. You can also find the Archaeological Museum on the ground floor of the Town Hall, as well the museum of Modern Art "Zean Mari Ntro" and the museum of Traditional Art.

Homer's Grave - Do not forget to visit Homer's grave, who was the most famous poet of the ancient world, at Plakoto on the northern part of Amorgos. According to tradition, Homer, during his trip to Athens from Samos Island, descended on Ios where the locals posed him an enigma according to their local customs. When the poet proved unable to solve it, he was killed and buried on the island.

Things to do on a Holiday in Ios

Book a holiday to Ios with Olympic holidays and visit the Mylopotas Watersports Centre which offers equipment, facilities and excellent tuition whether you are a beginner or advanced.

Eating/Drinking During Ios Holidays

Greece holidays are truly a paradise for food lovers; speciality dishes include keftedes (meatballs with oregano and mint), dolmades (rice and herbs wrapped in vine leaves) and souvlaki (grilled skewers of meat). Try a Greek meze (a selection of different Greek dishes to taste a little of everything). To compliment your meal, restaurants offer a number of delicious, inexpensive local wines varying from area to area. Or try a glass of ouzo, Greece's national drink.

Major resorts provide a wide variety of bars and restaurants with something to suit all tastes, from all-night discos and international restaurants to cosy little tavernas serving typical Greek fare. Nightlife in the smaller resorts tends to centre round the latter where the charm lies in their authenticity and more traditional feel.

Getting Around on Ios Holidays

Boat: Ios has an extensive network of ferry connections; there are direct ferries to Paros (2 hours) with connections through Paros to Mykonos (4 hours), Samos (10 hours) & Athens (8 hours).

Bus: There is a frequent bus service between the port Yialos and Mylopotas via Hora. There is also a bus service between Yialos and Ag. Theodoti.

Car: An excellent way of getting around during Ios holidays, car hire gives you complete flexibility as well as the ability to see more of the island.

Ios Holidays Shopping

Locally produced produce such as Cheese and Honey male wonderful gifts or mementos of your Ios Holidays.

Holidays in Ios - Beaches

Manganari: Four of the most beautiful beaches that the Aegean has to offer are situated in this area in the south of the island. With white sand, beautiful blue water and peaceful natural surroundings, these stunning beaches should be visited. There are also many tavernas that offer local cuisine, in particular, fresh fish.

Koubara: Part of this beach of is frequented by naturalists. It offers several excellent tavernas.

Mylopotas: This popular beach of fine golden sand is located 2 kms south of Ios Town and is the longest beach in Ios at 1 km in length. The bay offers cafes, bars and restaurants. Mylopotas beach offers plenty of entertainment, water sports and beautiful walks around the coastal area.

Psathi: This beach is characterised by peace and tranquillity since it is still untouched by mass tourism. It is popular among windsurfers because of the high waves on windy days.

Weather and climate information

Max Temp CAprMayJunJulAugSepOct
Ios17192527272421
London13162022211913
Sunshine HoursAprMayJunJulAugSepOct
Ios8911121297
London5676653

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