Ios is world-known for its party scene and active nightlife. In terms of scenery, a plethora of churches and sandy beaches with dazzling waters adorn it. Inhabitants preserve the local customs and the traditional way of life. Every year, the island honors all the saints that the churches and monasteries are dedicated to, with religious feasts and local celebrations taking place.
Religious feasts & festivals
The birth of Agios Ioannis (Saint John) is celebrated in the area of Pyrgos.
The Dormition of the Virgin Mary on August 15th is one of the most important celebrations in Greece. On that day, there is a procession of the icon of the Virgin Mary in Chora. Later on, a traditional feast is held with music, food, and dancing until the late hours. The festival takes place in the island's most famous church, Panagia Gremiotissa.
The feast of Agios Ioannis (Saint John) is celebrated in Kalamos and Psathi. During the festival, meat soup and traditional bean soup are served, accompanied by wine and traditional music.
The birth of the Virgin Mary is celebrated in Saint Theodoti and Paleokastro.
Ios Festival is a multi-faceted festival that aims to present different art forms, like music, dance and visual arts. It was established in 2021 and has already hosted some of Greece's most renowned artists.