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Ios is an island for all ages, perfect for lazing on one of the many long, sandy beaches and for evenings as lively or relaxed as you wish.


The island of Ios lies between Naxos and Santorini and is renowned for being the burial place of Homer 'the poet of poets'. 

Holidays in Ios, in the resort of Mylopotas are perfect for those seeking a lively beach scene and 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.

Ios holidays appeal to those looking for good nightlife in high season, golden sandy beaches and plenty of water sports. This island is 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 all of its own and there is something for everyone on this magnificent island.

Local produce such as cheese and honey make wonderful gifts or mementoes of your Ios holidays.


The best beaches in Ios

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.

Koumbara: 15 minutes' walk from the port of Ios, Koumbara is a relatively quiet beach, mainly sand with a sprinkling of pebbles, plus it has several excellent tavernas. Part of this beach is frequented by naturists. 

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.

Things To Do

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.

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.


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.


The best time to go to Ios

Max_temp Max Temp C Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Ios 16 18 25 27 27 24 21
London 13 16 20 22 21 19 13
Sun 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