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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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 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...
 Calilo
Located in Manganari, a 2-minute walk from Monastery of Agios Ioannis, Calilo has accommodations with a restaurant, free private parking, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a bar. more...
 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...
 Yialos Ios Hotel
Close to the picturesque port of Ios and steps from the beach, Yialos Ios Hotel welcomes you to its warm atmosphere and functional accommodations, just 0.6 mi from Ios town center. more...
 Ios Palace Hotel & Spa
Ios Palace Hotel & Spa offers a complete range of accommodations options, all with balcony overlooking the picturesque Mylopotas bay. 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...
 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...
 Liostasi Hotel
Offering a pool and a spa center, the stylish Liostasi Hotel features elegant accommodations overlooking the Aegean Sea. more...
 Agalia Luxury Suites
Offering an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Agalia Luxury Suites are just 164 feet from Tzamaria Beach. more...
 Meltemi Pension
Overlooking the beach of Gialos, Meltemi Pension offers air-conditioned rooms with a private balcony or shared terrace. 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...
 Gorgona
Located right on the sandy beach of Mylopotas in Ios Island, Gorgona is housed in a Cycladic-style building with stone-paved terraces and white-washed walls. 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...
 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...
 FarOut Village Hotel
Surrounded by shaded gardens on Mylopotas Beach the Cycladic-style Far-Out Village Resort Hotel offers a swimming pool, bar and restaurant. It features elegant accommodations with balcony. more...
 Far Out Camping Beach Club & Resort
Far Out Camping Beach Club & Resort 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...
 Deep Blue Rooms & Apartments
Located only 262 feet from Mylopotas Beach on Ios Island, Deep Blue Rooms & Apartments features air-conditioned accommodations with free WiFi and balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea or mountain. 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...
 Magganari View Villa
Featuring an infinity pool and a funrished sun terrace with sea view, Magganari View Villa is located in Manganari. more...
 Mare Monte
Mare Monte hotel is located on Yialos Beach, a short walk from the main port of Ios. It offers a peaceful setting and beautiful views of the beach and mountains. 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...
 Manthos Place 2
Located in Mylopotas, a few steps from Mylopotas Beach, Manthos Place 2 provides accommodations with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, free private parking and a bar. more...
 Magganari View Village
Located in Manganari in the Cyclades region and Manganari Beach reachable within 328 feet, Magganari View Village features accommodations with free WiFi, BBQ facilities, a garden and free private 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...
 Hotel Mediterraneo
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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