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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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 Levantes Ios Boutique Hotel
Only a 10-minute walk from the famous Mylopotas Beach, the Levantes Ios Boutique Hotel is located over the sandy beach, offering views towards the neighboring islands. more...
 Dionysos Seaside Resort Ios
Dionysos Seaside Resort is located right at Mylopotas Beach. This 4-star property features elegantly decorated rooms, offering a view to the sea, pool or garden. more...
 Kritikakis Village Hotel
Kritikakis Village Hotel is located in Ios, within 1640 feet from the town center and just 558 feet from the port. more...
 Hide Out Suites
Featuring an seasonal outdoor pool, Hide Out Suites in Mylopotas provides accommodations with free WiFi and free private parking for guests who drive. more...
 Far Out Hotel & Spa
Set against the mountains, with views over the Aegean Sea, the Cycladic-style Far Out Hotel & Spa and Luxury Villas offer a rooftop pool with wooden sundeck. It features a cocktail bar. more...
 Hermes
Featuring a seasonal pool, Hotel Hermes overlooks the beach of Mylopotas and offers wonderful views of the Aegean Sea from its rooms and pool area. It is located 2297 feet from Ios Town. more...
 Ios Resort
The whitewashed Ios Resort enjoys a central location in Ios Town, just a few minutes’ walk from the clubs and restaurants. more...
 Helios Pension
Just 1312 feet 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...
 Galini Pension
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...
 Island House Hotel
The Cycladic-style Island House is located only 820 feet from Mylopotas beach in Ios. The hotel offers self-catering accommodations with free Wi-Fi and free parking facilities. more...
 Armadoros Hotel / Ios Backpackers
Armadoros Hotel is located in Yialos, only 656 feet from the port of Ios and 1969 feet from the lively Ios Town. It offers a large swimming pool with poolside bar and barbecue area. more...
 Agalia Luxury Suites
Offering an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Agalia Luxury Suites are just 164 feet from Tzamaria Beach. more...
 Homer's Inn Hotel
Located just between the village and the port of Ios, Homer’s Inn Hotel is an excellent base for travelers seeking the best of both worlds. WiFi is offered in some rooms. more...
 WABI LUXURY SUITES & VILLAS.
WABI LUXURY SUITES & VILLAS. Features garden views, free WiFi and free private parking, located in Ios Chora, 2 miles from Yialos Beach. more...
 Rita's Place Hotel
Rita's Place is a family run complex of 10 rooms overlooking the beautiful resort of Yialos, only 5 minutes walking distance to Ios Chora. more...




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