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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...
 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...
 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...
 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...
 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...
 Ios Resort
The whitewashed Ios Resort enjoys a central location in Ios Town, just a few minutes’ walk from the clubs and restaurants. 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...
 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...
 La Luna
Centrally located in the whitewashed town of Ios in the Cyclades, a 10 minute walk from Mylopotas Beach, La Luna features a courtyard with a hot tub and a snack bar. 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...
 Liostasi Hotel
Offering a pool and a spa center, the stylish Liostasi Hotel features elegant accommodations overlooking the Aegean Sea. 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...
 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...
 Hotel Delfini
Located right on Mylopotas Beach in Ios, Hotel Delfini offers a seafront bar 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...
 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...
 Corali Hotel Beach Front Property
Corali Hotel Ios, a family-run hotel, quietly located on the beautiful beach of Gialos in Ios, offers modern amenities very close to the beach and the port. more...
 Magganari View Villa
Featuring an infinity pool and a funrished sun terrace with sea view, Magganari View Villa is located in Manganari. 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...
 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...
 Villa Mata
At the edge of the picturesque port of Ios, this is a family-run, traditional guesthouse, just 165 ft from the sandy Yialos beach and half a mile from the village. 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...
 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...
 Ios Art Studios & Luxury Apartments
Surrounded by a stone-paved courtyard with colorful flowers and palm trees, Ios Art Studios & Luxury Apartments is located in the capital of Ios Island. more...




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