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Ios Greece Ios Map & Travel Information, Sightseeing, Attractions, Ferries to Ios Island


Ios Greece
GENERAL IOS GREECE TRAVEL INFORMATION:

Introduction

Ios Cyclades Greece
Known as the island of Homer, Ios is one of the most lively spots in the Aegean attracting young crowds, yet not only, due to its pulsing nightlife. The inspiring Cycladic atmosphere of Ios Town, with the winding alleys, the stark white chapels and the lovely island-style houses is one of a kind, while the sandy beaches with the crystal clear waters are simply supreme. Check out the map of Ios to view its exact location in the Aegean, and find the marvellous beaches and settlements of the island.

Ios Area / Population / Capital:
The island of Ios Greece occupies an area of 103 sq. km, it has 1,838 inhabitants and its capital is Ios Town or else Chora.

Attractions & Sightseeing in Ios Greece

While in Ios take the chance to visit some of the most beautiful spots and attractions on the island, like:  

  • the remains of the ancient town
  • the remains of the medieval castle
  • the Archaeological Museum in the Town Hall
  • the open air theatre “Odysseas Elytis”
  • the Museum of Modern Art “Jean Marie Dreau”
  • the museum of Traditional Art
  • Homer's tomb at Plakoto
  • The picturesque chapels and churches all around the island
 

Sports / Recreation in Ios Greece
IIf you have a boat, you can get water and fuel supplies at Ormos (Gialos)Ios Beaches

Ios Beaches
In Ios you will discover amazing beaches ideal for moments of sheer fun and relaxation by the sea. Most of the beaches have golden or white sand and very clean, crystal clear waters, making the perfect place to spend your day at. Some of the most wonderful beaches in Ios are Manganari with its turquoise waters, Mylopotas, Agia Theodoti, Papas, Gialos and many more.

  • Entertainment in Ios Greece
    Ios is among the islands in Greece with pulsing nightlife promising fun and dance till dawn. There are many pubs and bars, especially in Ios Town, as well as dancing nightclubs. At the traditional tavernas and restaurants around the island you will have the chance to try fresh fish and lovely meat dishes, yet don’t miss trying local chesses. For a quick bite, there are fast food restaurants and souvlaki stands.

    Traditional & Cultural Events in Ios
    You can attend a plethora of local festivals and cultural events taking place in Ios, especially in summer, such as:
  • Agios Ioannis fair, August 29 in Psathi and Manganari.
  • Agia Theodoti festival on September 8
  • Paleokastro festival on June 24
  • Plays and concerts throughout the summer at the Odysseas Elytis amphitheatre in Ios Town.

Local Products in Ios Greece
Ios is well known for its cheeses and honey, well worth trying and taking home.

Major Towns / Cities / Villages in Ios Greece

Ios Town
It is one of the most impressive Cycladic capitals, amphitheatrically built on a hill, overlooking the Aegean sea. It combines all features of traditional Cycladic architecture and provides exciting nightlife, great food and good hotels.

Manganari, Ios
Lying in the south of the island, Manganari is known for its magnificent sandy beaches, with turquoise waters, where scenes of the film “Big Blue” where shot. This beautiful settlement is ideal for a more relaxing vacation in Ios away from the crowds.

Mylopotas, Ios
At the beautiful cove of Mylopotas with the lovely beach lies the homonymous seaside settlement. It is a rather lively tourist resort to spend your holidays at, as it attracts young people from all over the world.

Ormos (Gialos), Ios
It is the port of Ios Island lying close to Chora. There are nice nearby beaches to swim at, while from Ormos you may take a cruise boat for a trip to other beaches in the northern part of the island, such as Diamoudia.

Agia Theodoti, Ios
Agia Theodoti is a settlement lying in the northeastern part of the island with an extensive beach. Nature lovers can take the path from the old settlement of Agia Theodoti leading to Gefyri, through a lovely forest of platans.

Transportation to Ios Greece

  • By ferry:
    Ferries to Ios Island depart from the port of Piraeus as well as the port of Rafina. The trip takes from 5 to 7 hours depending on the type of vessel you select.
  • By plane:
    There is not an airport on Ios Island. However, you may travel by plane to Naxos or Santorini from Athens or abroad, and then take the ferry to Ios from there.

Useful Phone Numbers

  • Ios Port: +30 22860 91264
  • Piraeus Port: +30 210 422-6000
  • Ferry Departures from Piraeus: Tel. +30 14541
  • Rafina Port: +30 22940 28888
  • Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”: Tel. +30 210 353-1000
 

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