Description of Ios
The island of Ios apart from the stunning beaches and the wide range of hotels has also famous and intense nightlife being literally the upcoming rival to Mykonos. The typical Cyclades-style landscape of white houses with courtyards full of flowers and narrow alleys is the scenery in daytime. When the sun sets the island turns into a big clubbing stage that you couldn’t even imagine!
Geography of Ios
Ios Island covers an area of 109 sq. km. with a total population of 1.838 residents. The islands closer to Ios are Paros and Naxos on the north, Sikinos on the west and Santorini on the south.
History of Ios
Ios Island there is no exception to the history of Cyclades islands in total. It has been inhabited since the early Cycladic period and the archaeological site of Skarkos proves that in the best way. Ios joins the Athenian Alliance and in the years to follow the island declines. In the 12th century goes under Venetian Rule as the ruins of the Venetian castle show.
Sightseeing on Ios
Nightlife in Ios is very famous and many of the beaches like the one of Mylopotas that attracts mainly young tourists keen on hard partying. Undoubtedly, Mylopotas is one of the best beaches in Mediterranean with golden sand and turquoise water and restaurants serving fresh fish and seafood.
It is worth visiting the church of Panagia Gremiotissa that offers a stunning view of the island. There is a network of footpaths in Ios that is ideal for walking and having a different point of view of this beautiful island.
Local Products of Ios
You should try the local cuisine and especially tsimetia (stuffed pumpkin flowers) and myzithropita (cheese pie). Ios offers also a wide variety of herbs like oregano, sage, thyme and pennyroyal.
Getting to Ios
By ferry or catamaran boats departing from Pireaus Port in Athens.
Best time to visit Ios
From May to September. Depending on the kind of holidays you prefer, Ios in the busy August could be a party paradise or a just another noisy island.
Useful Phone Numbers on Ios
Police: +30 22860 92222
Port Authorities of Ios: +30 22860 91264
Health Care Centre: +30 22863 60000
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