Popular party stop for island hoppers

Useful hints and travel information for a Ios holiday

Ios is part of the Cycladic Archipelago and is situated in the Aegean Sea. The island of Ios is a separate community in the Southern Aegean. About 2100 people live permanently on the beautiful Greek island now, half the size of the island’s population in the 19th century.

Ios is the definitive party island in the Cyclades, and young and old can rock all night. Young people in particular love it here and have a brilliant time on the island. Those who like island hopping in the Cyclades always include the party island of Ios as a favourite. People who prefer peace and quiet to parties, can enjoy deserted beaches in the morning hours when the night-owls are still asleep, but the afternoons are busy again, of course.

The inhabitants of Ios live on tourism, agriculture and fishing. During the summer months tourism is a valuable source of income making life easier for the rest of the year as well. The whole Greek island’s pride and joy is the grave of Homer, a stone burial mound. His grave is not easy to find, but those who get there will remember his account of the Trojan War in the Iliad

Sing, goddess, the anger of Peleus’ son Achilleus
and its devastation, which put pains thousandfold upon the Achaians …

and the adventures of Ulysses making his way back home to Ithaca in the Odyssey:

Tell me, Muse, of the man of many ways, who was driven
far journeys, after he had sacked Troy’s sacred citadel.

Homer was buried on Ios because his mother was born on the island.

The monastery of Agia Ioannis is one of the most popular sights with its distinctive architecture that adds to the atmosphere of this amazing Cycladic Island. There are attractive alternatives to parties such as snorkelling, diving, beach volleyball and various water sports that are always in demand. The best-known beaches are Mylopotas, Yialos and Koubaras. 
Wine-growing is also popular on the island of Ios and sampling the regional wines is part of the experience. They are served in all bars and cafes where they top the list, another symbol of newly-found Greek pride. Island-hopping is very popular with back-packers and regular ferry connections take you quickly from Ios to Santorin, Naxos, Mykonos or Paros.

Pictures from Ios

Villages of Ios

Ios Town

The chora of Ios is one of the prettiest towns of the Cyclades Archipelago – and famous for its active night-life. This makes it one of the favourite holiday destinations for young people who want to party non-stop. The platia is lined with bars and clubs, and at night the lanes are swarming with party animals. Originally frequented by British back-packers, it is now a magnet for young people from all over Europe who don’t show the beauty of the town the interest it deserves. There are 26 very pretty churches with bright blue roofs, the typical cubic houses built along the maze of winding lanes, several museums and the award-winning archaeological excavation site of Sarkos. Apart from cheap accommodation for back-packers there are now more luxurious options available for more mature holiday-makers and families, away from the noisy party mile in the centre, though. Mylopotas Beach, the most attractive beach on the island, is within walking distance of the chora of Ios.


The beautiful, crescent-shaped beach of Mylopotas stretches over more than a kilometre of the bay, with golden sand that is exceptionally fine and soft. Right behind the western part of the beach lies the resort of Mylopotas with a big variety of accommodation and plenty of entertainment. There are deckchairs and sunshades for hire and water sport options galore. The eastern part of the beach is quieter and especially in the middle bit it is possible to find less busy spots. The beach is mainly nudist. There are kayaks for hire for excursions to smaller neighbouring bays, and two beach volley ball fields that are very popular. Less sporting activities are part of the atmosphere, but are frowned upon by the authorities – for many young people sex on the beach is not just the name of a cocktail. There are two campsites, the slightly quieter “Purple Pig Stars” and the internationally famous party campsite “Far out Camping” with four swimming pools, bars, restaurants and even some bungalows for hire directly by the beach. Mylopotas is the definitive party centre!

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