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Ios Island

Ios is one of the Greek Cyclades Islands , located in the Aegean Sea 200 kilometres south east of the mainland port of Piraeus . It's best known as a party playground for young foreign tourists who come here to get blind drunk, let their hair down.then, if possible, get even more drunk.

Despite its reputation as a den of iniquity for inebriated teens and twenty-somethings, Ios has more to offer than trance, dance and tequila cocktails. The island is steeped in history, peppered with pretty chapels and churches and blessed with beautiful unspoilt beaches. It's also the reputed resting place of one of the world's greatest ever literary masters - the Greek poet Homer, creator of the epic works the Iliad and the Odyssey.

Theories about the origin of the island's name abound but a likely one is that it derives from the violets ("ion" in Greek) which adorn the hillsides in springtime. Others say the name comes from the Ionian people who inhabited these islands around 1050 BC.

The island is at the southern end of the Cyclades , a seven-hour ferry ride from Piraeus . Take a hydrofoil from the mainland and you'll get there in four hours. There's no airport but Santorini , which has regular Olympic Airways flights to the mainland, is only half an hour away by Flying Dolphin. There are good ferry and hydrofoil links with the neighbouring islands in the archipelago including Paros , Naxos , Mykonos , Sikinos , Folegandros , Anafi and Syros .

You'll arrive at the port of Ormos on the west coast of the island which is two kilometres from the capital Hora (also known as Ios Town or the Village). The port once had a thriving ship building industry based on the timber from the oak woods which covered the island in ancient time.

Regular buses connect the port and the town or, if you're travelling light, you can climb the wide stone steps which lead up the hill to the village (about 15 minutes walk).

The town is a delightful concoction of narrow, arcaded lanes, blue-domed chapels and traditional whitewashed houses. But beware its Jekyll and Hyde personality - by day it's a delightful place to roam amid the churches, windmills and gift shops; by night it's a seething mass of youthful, drunken humanity hell-bent on maximum mayhem till dawn.

Stay in the port area or near one of the island's quieter beaches if you're not a serious party animal.

The main focus of activity by day is the beautiful but frantic Mylopotas Beach, one kilometre down the hill from Hora. This is where the bright young things surface after midday from their beachside tents, down a shot or three and start partying all over again.

But go further afield and you'll find plenty of secluded bays where the party set never ventures. There are peaceful seafood tavernas where you can savour the day's catch and if you're visiting during one of the island's many religious festivals you'll be able to join the locals for a traditional Greek knees-up. The experience of being invited to an island feast is one not to be missed - the meat is cooked over a wood fire, the wine flows freely and the dancing continues till dawn.



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 Kritikakis Village Hotel
Kritikakis Village Hotel, Ios Chora
Kritikakis Village Hotel is located in Ios, within 500 metres from the town centre and just 170 metres from the port. more...
 Ios Resort
Ios Resort, Ios Chora
The whitewashed Ios Resort enjoys a central location in Ios Town, just a few minutes’ walk from the clubs and restaurants. more...
 Helios Pension
Helios Pension, Ios Chora
Just 400 metres from Yallos Beach in Ios, the Cycladic-style Pension Helios offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and a balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea. more...
 Petra Holiday Village
Petra Holiday Village, Ios Chora
Petra Holiday Village is a complex of 17 small villas amphitheatrically built on a hillside next to Ormos beach, with breathtaking views to the sea, Agia Eirini church and the Chora of Ios. more...
 Gianemma
Gianemma, Ios Chora
Offering an outdoor pool and views of the sea, Gianemma is set in Mylopotas, just 150 metres from the beach. Ios Town is just 1 km away. more...
 Lofos Village
Lofos Village, Ios Chora
Located in the main town of Ios, Lofos Village offers accommodation with balcony enjoying panoramic views over the island. more...
 Ios Plage
Ios Plage, Mylopotas
Featuring free WiFi and a sun terrace, Ios Plage offers pet-friendly accommodation in Mylopotas. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Certain rooms include views of the sea or garden. more...
 Olga
Olga, Ios Chora
Just 500 metres from Gialos Beach, Olga guesthouse features a swimming pool with sun loungers. It offers air-conditioned accommodation with a private balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea or garden. more...
 Deep Blue Rooms & Apartments
Deep Blue Rooms & Apartments, Mylopotas
Located only 80 metres from Mylopotas Beach on Ios Island, Deep Blue Rooms & Apartments features air-conditioned accommodation with free WiFi and balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea or mountain. more...
 Island House Mare
Island House Mare, Mylopotas
Island House Mare is located just 80 metres from Ios’ famous Mylopotas beach. It offers newly-built, air-conditioned residences with view to the sea. On-site parking and Wi-Fi are free. more...
 Island House Hotel
Island House Hotel, Mylopotas
The Cycladic-style Island House is situated only 250 metres from Mylopotas beach in Ios. The hotel offers self-catering accommodation with free Wi-Fi and free parking facilities. more...
 Villa Anna Maria
Villa Anna Maria, Mylopotas
Located in a distance of 500 metres from Mylopotas beach, the family-run Villa Anna Maria provides quiet and peaceful self-catering accommodation in Ios. more...
 Ios Pelagos
Ios Pelagos, Ios Chora
The traditionally built Pelagos Studios is located in the area of Mylopota within 700 metres from the beach. It offers rooms that open to a patio with an Aegean Sea view. more...
 Galini Pension
Galini Pension, Ios Chora
Beautifully situated beside Yialos beach and the port of Ios, the family-run Galini Pension features a snack bar and a terrace with Aegean Sea views. more...
 Traditional House by The Beach
Traditional House by The Beach, Agia Theodoti
Traditional House by The Beach is a holiday home featuring a garden with a barbecue, situated in Agia Theodoti, within 150 metres of the beach and 400 metres of Homer's Tomb. more...




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