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 in 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 can also offer another kind of holiday. Like Mykonos or Paros, Ios is one of the busiest and most touristy islands of the Cyclades. It hosts 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 eternal partying.
However, at the same time, Ios also has a calmer and more peaceful side: for those who want to relax and see the island, Ios has many beautiful beaches, a lot of which are calm and pristine, while there are some nudist beaches, too.
Moreover, Ios has a charming capital, an interesting rocky landscape with many trekking paths and some archaeological sites. The island's beauty has inspired many artists to come to the island and spend a few months there. The famous Austrian painter Helmut Kand is a characteristic example. Because of these two opposite faces, Ios is considered one of the best islands to visit in the Cyclades, as well as one of the most beautiful.