Find out everything about your holidays in Ios on our travel guide! Ios is a Cycladic island sitting in the heart of the Aegean Sea. It may be popular among the youth as one of the top party Greek islands, thanks to the crazy Ios nightlife, but the truth is that Ios is much more than that! Discover the best things to do in Ios , fantastic beaches, top hotels, and restaurants, as well as a wide selection of breathtaking photos!

Boasting the typical seductive Cycladic landscape, Ios Greece is easily accessible via ferry, has tiny whitewashed houses, narrow cobblestone alleys, picturesque clifftop villages and, of course, mesmerizing Ios beaches. During the day, Ios island is the absolute Cycladic paradise. When the sun goes down, the bars and restaurants of Ios Chora come alive! The crowds start peeling themselves away from the scenic beaches, to get lost in the wild Ios party scene...Until next morning!

Honestly, Ios has two faces. And they are both exciting!

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Its ideal location in the heart of the Aegean sea may be enough to convince you for its beauty, but Ios Greece is a summertime favorite for reasons exceeding its breathtaking landscape!

Ios is one of the most popular destinations in Greece, attracting thousands of tourists from all over the world. Mainly famous for the vivid Ios nightlife, the island is known as one of the best party islands in Greece! Indeed, the Ios party scene isn’t just about the epic Ios clubs and bars. It is a way of life, even just for the days, you’ll spend on Ios island.

If you think that endless partying is the only thing to do in Ios, you couldn’t be farther from the truth! Surprisingly enough, Ios Greece is also a great destination to kick back and relax. Stroll around the cobblestone alleys of Chora Ios... Discover its cliff-top villages...Climb up to Odysseus Elytis theater to marvel at a breathtaking view to the island and the endless Aegean sea... Watch the sun sink towards the horizon from Panagia Gremiotissa church… Visit Homer’s grave, one of the most significant historical monuments of Ios… Ios Greece is a multidimensional destination!

As for Ios beaches, they are, hands down, some of the best beaches in the Cyclades! Head to Mylopotas beach, Gialos beach and Manganari beach to have a taste of Ios beach party scene. Are you into more quiet beaches? Agia Theodoti beach, Koumpara beach, and Psathi beach will reward you with serenity and virgin natural landscapes!

You’ll soon feel yourself falling in love with Ios Greece!

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The island is only accessible by ferry. There are ferries to Ios from Piraeus port in Athens but also from other islands of the Aegean sea: Santorini, Paros, Naxos and more. The closest airport to Ios is on Santorini island. You can take a flight to Santorini and from there take a ferry to Ios island.


Discover the best things to do in Ios! From Ios sightseeing to activities and from Ios tours, to restaurants, we give you the best recommendations for the ultimate Ios holidays experience! You can also view the best things to do by category.

  • Stroll around Chora village
    Category: Villages
    Chora, the capital of Ios, is the centre of activities on the island. It has amazing Cycladic architecture and many venues for a vivid night out, which is why it gets very busy in the evening and until the early morning...
  • Relax at Mylopotas beach
    Category: Beaches
    Mylopotas is the most popular beach of Ios and also the closest one to Chora village. Organized with many tourist facilities, this is the beach of the youth as it has beach bars and watersports and is accessible on foot.
  • Views from Gremiotissa church
    Category: Sightseeing
    Panagia Gremiotissa is the most famous church on the island. It is located on a hill above Chora and is distinguished by the beautiful palm trees in the yard. The spot offers some of the most impressive views on the island.
  • Swim at Kalamos Beach
    Category: Beaches
    Kalamos is one of the most beautiful beaches of Ios Island with soft golden sand and crystal waters. It is mostly secluded and receives few visitors, even in high season and a great place for some privacy.
  • Dinner at Katogi Restaurant
    Category: Restaurants
    Katogi is one of the best restaurants on the island of Ios and it is located in the picturesque alleys of Chora village. The dishes are inspired by the modern Mediterranean cuisine but also include local specialties.
  • Party all night long
    Category: Clubs
    Ios is mostly famous as the island of youth. It has many bars and clubs to spend a joyful night out. Most bars are located in Chora and organize all night parties.
  • Have fun at the beach
    Category: Sports
    Don’t miss to visit one of the many watersports centers on the island. They offer activities from Stand Up Paddle to wakeboarding, bananas, tube rides, ringos, water skiing, jet ski, and other typical water games.
  • Views from the Windmills
    Category: Sightseeing
    Walking to the entrance of Chora, the capital of Ios, you will see some very well preserved windmills now used as homes surrounded by beautiful, colorful gardens.
  • Swim at Manganari beach
    Category: Beaches
    Located on the southern side of the island, Manganari is a relaxing beach to enjoy a day under the sun. Due to its large size, it has many secluded spots but few tourist facilities.


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