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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 is located in Ios, within 500 metres from the town centre and just 170 metres from the port. more...
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Featuring air conditioning, Petra Holiday Village offers accommodations in Ios Chora. Oía is 19 miles from the property. Free WiFi is featured and free private parking is available on site. more...
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Featuring free WiFi, Meltemi Pension offers accommodations in Ios Chora, just 19 miles from Oía. Every room has a private bathroom. You will find free shuttle service at the property. more...
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Showcasing a seasonal outdoor pool and views of the sea, Hermes is located in Ios Chora in the region of Ios, just 18 miles from Oía. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. more...
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Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Agalia Luxury Suites is located in Ios Chora, just 19 miles from Oía. Fira is 23 miles away. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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Located in Agia Theodoti in the region of Ios, this detached vacation home and is 20 miles from Oía. The vacation home is equipped with air conditioning and free WiFi. more...
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Hide Out Suites is located in Mylopotas, just 18 miles from Oía. Fira is 22 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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Located in Ios Chora, 19 miles from Oía, Vesuvio Chora features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. All rooms include a TV. All rooms have a private bathroom. more...
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Located in Ios Chora, 19 miles from Oía, Liostasi Hotel & Suites features free WiFi access and free private parking. more...
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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...
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Holidays Inn Ios is located in Mylopotas, just 18 miles from Oía. The guesthouse has an outdoor pool and views of the sea, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. more...
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Located in Ios Chora in the region of Ios, this detached villa and is 17 miles from Oía. The property is 21 miles from Fira and features views of the sea. more...
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Featuring free WiFi and a sun terrace, Psili Ammos offers pet-friendly accommodations in Mylopotas, just 18 miles from Oía. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. more...
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Conveniently located in the capital of Ios, Hotel Mediterraneo consists of air-conditioned rooms with furnished balconies overlooking the pool and the town. more...
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Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Gorgona offers accommodations in Mylopotas. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. Each room has a private bathroom equipped with a shower. more...

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