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Holidays In Ios and Mylopotas

Ios and Mylopotas Holidays at a Glance

The port (Gialos), with its own life and market activity, is the appropriate place for enjoyable walks. To the left side, of the port stands St. Irini, a chapel of amazing beauty, built in the 17th century. It's a peculiar structure with two altars, one older than the other, that were supposedly used for the Orthodox and the Catholic cults respectively. The path from St. Irini leads to Valmas and then to Kolitsani, two small, remote sandy beaches.

Mylopotas, located 2 kms south of Ios Town, is home to the longest beach (1 km) on the island. Because of its fine golden sand it attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world, every year.

Who goes to Ios Port & Mylopotas?
Ios appeals to those looking for good nightlife and lovely beaches to relax on during the day. Mountaineers and nature lovers choose Ios because of its beautiful landscape and its mountains, and romantics love its unexplored seashores. Mylopotas is ideal for young couples and groups are attracted by the superb Mylopotas' sandy beach and great nightlife. Watersports facilities are also available.



Key Facts - Ios and Mylopotas

  • LanguageGreek
  • CurrencyEuro
  • Dialing Code00 30
  • Time Difference+2 GMT
  • Flight Duration3 - 4 hours

If you feel too tired for walking, you can make a stop to cool yourself in the long beach of Gialos to the right of the port, where you'll also find many restaurants, bars and cafes. All ferry/hydrofoil timings are subject to last minute changes and delays and we ask you to be flexible in your onward travel arrangements to and from Ios.

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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.

The Ruins of the Medieval Castle: 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.

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.

The Ruins of the Medieval Castle: 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.

The Mylopotas Watersports Centre offers equipment, facilities and excellent tuition whether you are a beginner or advanced.

Eating/Drinking During Ios and Mylopotas 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 and Mylopotas 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 Hire: An excellent way of getting around during Ios and Mylopotas holidays, car hire gives you complete flexibility as well as the ability to see more of the island.

Ios and Mylopotas Holidays Shopping

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

Holidays in Ios and Mylopotas - Beaches

Manganari has 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.

The beach of Koubara, part of this beach of is frequented by naturalists. It offers several excellent tavernas.

Mylopotas has a popular beach of fine golden sand is located 2 km 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, watersports and beautiful walks around the coastal area.

Psathi 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 F Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Ios 62 66 77 80 80 75 69
London 56 61 68 71 70 66 56
Sunshine Hours Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Ios 8 9 11 12 12 9 7
London 5 6 7 6 6 5 3



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