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Ios island is considered lovely sightseeing itself with the picturesque Chora, the countless churches, traditional houses, and the endless beaches. Among the most picturesque Greek islands, Ios is worth visiting for its remarkable historical and modern monuments, traditional settlements and colorful environment. The architecture of Ios has a strong Cycladic style, with little-whitewashed cube houses, flat roofs and blue windows that become one with the narrow cobbled streets, arcades and tiny white chapels.
Purple flowers that decorate the yards create a beautiful contrast with the bright whiteness that dominates the entire island. At the highest point of Chora, which is built amphitheatrically along the slopes of a hill, lies the church of Panagia Gremiotissa from where one can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea. A strong reminiscence from the long presence of the Venetians is the Venetian Castle that stands on the island's highest spot, known as Paleokastro.
Part of Ios cultural heritage is also Odysseas Elytis theatre, an open Ancient Greek type theater dedicated to the renowned poet. A total of 14 windmills add a final touch to the picturesque beauty of this island.
Visitors will find many hotels that have been created with respect to the traditional Cycladic architecture.