Ios Suggested excursions
Ios is the island of youth, parties, and wonderful beaches. It has the distinctive Cycladic architecture and all kind of beaches: organized or isolate, sandy or pebbled.
One day in Ios: Chora and Mylopotas
Chora, the capital of Ios, is the center of all activities on the island. Most stores and all public services are located there. On the day, the town is busy as a transportation hub and tourists are strolling around, along with the narrow paths. On a hill above Chora, you can see the beautiful church of Panagia Gremiotissa, the landmark of the island.
Ios is not the island to go sightseeing, but a place with wonderful beaches to relax. So, after a strong morning coffee in the square of Chora, go swimming in Mylopotas. This is the most popular beach on the island, due to its crystal water, the organized shore and its closeness to Chora. Frequent buses go from Chora to Mylopotas and a lot of hotels and other tourist facilities are found there. Mylopotas has a lot of beach bars that stay open till late, so it is also a nice nightlife option if you don't want to spend the night in a club in Chora.
For quieter things, you can also go to Koumbara, another beach close to Chora, that is more peaceful and tranquil than Mylopotas. Koumbara is more family-oriented than focusing on entertainment.
View on map: First day in Ios
Two days in Ios: Manganari and Papa
1st day as described above.
On the second day, go to two other beaches on Ios: Manganari and Papa. Manganari in particular, about 20 km northeast, is frequently connected by bus to Chora. This beach has crystal water and soft sand on the shore. It is organized and beach bars play music.
About 5 km north of Manganari, there is Papa, a calm beach of exceptional beauty. The crystal water and the sandy shore attract many visitors, although things are more isolated there than in other beaches of Ios.
View on map: Second day in Ios
Three days on Ios: Psathi and Agia Theodoti
1st and 2nd days as described above.
On the third day, head off to explore the western side of the island. This is a less tourist-developed area and has some nice spots to relax away from the crowds. For this day, you'd better rent a car or a scooter for your comfort. Start with Agia Theodoti, a tourist resort with a large beach. Then have a swim in Psathi, a calm beach about 17 km east of Chora, totally untouched by tourism.
View on map: Third day in Ios