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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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 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...
 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...
 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...
 Ios Resort
The whitewashed Ios Resort enjoys a central location in Ios Town, just a few minutes’ walk from the clubs and restaurants. more...
 Calilo
Located in Manganari, 295 feet from Papas Beach, Calilo features accommodations with a restaurant, free private parking, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center. more...
 Hotel Petradi
Within 1640 feet from the long, sandy beach of Mylopotas in Ios, Hotel Petradi features an outdoor pool with unobstructed sea views, a snack bar with a furnished sun terrace and a restaurant. 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...
 Aphrodite Hotel & Apartments
This traditional hotel offers a friendly holiday base just 2 minutes’ walk off the main town (Chora) of Ios. There is free parking and free Wi-Fi access available. more...
 Olga
Just 1640 feet from Gialos Beach, Olga guest house features a swimming pool with sun loungers. It offers air-conditioned accommodations with a private balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea or garden. more...
 Hermes
Located in Ios Chora, 1640 feet from Mylopotas Beach, Hermes provides accommodations with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. 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 all rooms. more...
 Ostria Village
Enjoying Aegean Sea view, Ostria Village is 2625 feet from Mylopotas Beach with several seaside taverns and mini markets. more...
 Hide Out Suites
Featuring an outdoor pool, Hide Out Suites in Mylopotas provides accommodations with free WiFi and free private parking for guests who drive. more...
 Agalia Luxury Suites
Offering an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Agalia Luxury Suites are just 164 feet from Tzamaria Beach. It features tastefully decorated accommodations with a furnished balcony. more...
 George & Irene Hotel
Featuring a bar and a restaurant with unobstructed views over the scenic capital of Ios, Giorgos & Eirini Rooms is centrally located in Ios, just 328 feet from restaurants and clubs. more...
 Aegean Villas Ios
Set on a hillside 1.9 mi from Ios Chora, the traditionally built Aegean Villas Ios offer self-catering accommodations with unobstructed sea views. more...
 Magganari View Villa
Featuring an infinity pool and a funrished sun terrace with sea view, Magganari View Villa is located in Manganari. more...
 Avra Pension
This Gialos hotel is next to the port and a 10-minute walk from Gialos beach. It offers a terrace and a tour desk. Free Wi-Fi and free parking are available. more...
 Skala Hotel
Skala Hotel is located only 656 feet from the center of Ios, enjoying a view of the town, the Aegean Sea and the sunset. Free 2-way transfer from the port is provided. more...
 Markos Village Pension
Markos village is in Ios Town, in the heart of nightlife and 5 minutes by bus to Mylopotas beach and port. It is traditionally built and offers panoramic views of the scenic town. more...
 Acteon Hotel
Acteon is in Ios Port, just a short walk from Yialos beach. It offers spacious and well furnished rooms for budget-conscious travelers and it is open year-round. more...
 Avanti
This family-run hotel offers a peaceful and friendly stay at Ios Island and is only 492 feet from Chora’s main square. more...
 Oasis
Featuring free WiFi, a garden and sun terrace, Cycladic-style Oasis is a self-catering accommodations in the island of Ios. It overlooks the beach of Gialos, located 984 feet away. more...
 Seabreeze Hotel Ios
Quietly perched on a small cliff in Ios, just 328 feet from the sandy Gialos Beach, the family-run Seabreeze Hotel Ios offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and unobstructed views over the Aegean Sea. more...
 Far Out Beach Club Resort & Camping
Far Out Beach Club Resort & Camping is located just 66 feet from Mylopotas Beach in Ios Island. It features a swimming pool with free sunbeds, while 3 bars are scattered inside the premises. more...




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