According to Herodotus, Ios island was the homeland of Homer's mother and the place where the famous Greek epic poet was buried. A ruin that can be seen at the village of Plakoto is said to be the tomb of Homer. Ios is the ideal destination for all kinds of party animals and seekers of great fun and entertainment but it now offers also another kind of holiday. As Mykonos or Paros, Ios is one of the busiest and most touristy islands of the Cyclades. It offers a wide range of bars and nightclubs as well as cheap drinks and fun.
It is the Mecca for all the young people and those who are feeling young, a club-island in a state of the eternal party. The perfect vacation place in Greece for party lovers. But Ios also has a calmer and more peaceful side: for those who want to relax and see the island, Ios has many beautiful beaches among which a lot are still calm and unexploited, while there are some nudist beaches.
Ios also has an amazing capital, interesting rocky landscape with many trekking paths and some archaeological sites. Ios and its beauty have inspired many artists to come to the island and pass a few months there. The famous Austrian painter Helmut Kand is a characteristic example. Because of these two opposite faces, Ios is considered as one of the best islands to visit in the Cyclades as well as one of the most beautiful.