Ios, or «Nios» as the locals call it, is the Cycladic island with two faces: one of fun and one of culture! It is a very popular destination for young people because of the parties organised there, but also for families, who choose it because of its unique landscapes, its enchanting beaches and the various activities that one may enjoy there.

The choices regarding accommodation, entertainment, shopping and food are numerous. Nevertheless, it is worth discovering the history of the island and getting to know, on a deeper level, the place where, according to Herodotus, Homer was buried.

The Chora of Ios is built amphitheatrically on the spot where the ancient town used to be, and on the top of the hill one can still see the remnants of the Venetian castle and the famous church of Panagia Gremiotissa. The windmills and the blue domed churches maintain the Cycladic aura and constitute a unique backdrop for your strolls but also for your photos.

The visitor attractions, such as the “Odysseas Elytis” Theatre, Skarkos Hill, where an early Cycladic period settlement is situated, and the 16th century castle at Panagia Paleokastritissa, will reward you for having chosen to visit them before your swim at one of the island’s beaches.

As most of the Cycladic islands, Ios is famous for its beaches, the organised beach of Mylopotas being the most well-known. There you can enjoy the white sand, as well as diving and swimming in pristine blue-green waters, relax or practice water sports. Magganari, Gialos and Psathi are also among the island’s most beautiful beaches.

Finally, art lovers can enjoy a visit to the Jean-Marie Drot Museum of Modern Arts, while food lovers can enjoy local specialties such as «skotyri» (traditional spicy goat cheese), «tsimetia» (rice-stuffed zucchini flowers), «melitinia» (sweet pastries filled with soft «myzithra» cheese) and «karpouzoloukoumades» (watermelon fritters), at the various taverns and shops of the island.

This summer get a taste of Ios and you will not regret it!