Ios Chora

General information

Ios Chora or Ios Town is the main and only real village of Ios, build on the western side of the island, twenty minutes walk from the Town port. It is a real jewel, built amphitheatrically and shimmering under the sun.

It easily charms everyone with its little cube houses with flat-roofed houses and its narrow stone paved streets winding like a labyrinth of white lines traditionally painted around the large flat stones; arches and arcades are merging from a street or between two houses and contribute to the creation of a wonderful and magical atmosphere.

In this typical Cycladic village, one of the most beautiful town in the entire Cyclades, visitors will find many hotels, pensions, rooms for rent, restaurants, fine jewellery, gift and souvenir shops, mini markets and a great amount of bars and night clubs.

To enjoy the beauty and charms of Chora, it is better to wander around its magical streets during day-light hours, when most of the crowd is lying on the beaches, the bars closed and the locals out of their houses.

The breathtaking view from Panaghia Gremiotissa, the highest spot of the village, is worth seeing and truly unforgettable, especially during the amazing sunset. Behind the beautiful whitewashed windmills is the outdoor amphitheatre Odysseas Elytis (a famous Greek poet), where some concerts and plays are performed during summer.

The ruins of the Venetian castle which lie on the top of the hill and look over the village, are also very interesting to see. Despite the great amount of tourists and the frenetic nightlife, Chora has kept its traditional character and colours, as it has been proclaimed a preserved settlement.

Best Hotels & Accommodations

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4 stars

Relux Hotel opened its doors in the summer of 2015 to welcome its esteemed guests to a romantic oasis where discrete elegance naturally blends with sheer relaxation. Perfectly positioned at the marina, this 4* hotel serves as the ideal haven whether you are looking for a prime location or for a ...

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2 keys

Art Apartments are located in the town, featuring air-conditioned studios and apartments that include a fully equipped kitchenette, fridge, dining area, patio or balcony, satellite TV and wifi. A lush garden, outdoor sitting area, luggage room and other facilities are found. Staff can arrange ...

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In creating Liostasi Hotel the owner Makis Denaxas has offered a new dimension in high standard on the beautiful Cycladic island. Designed by a local architect with a deep understanding of the Cycladic style, this small but generously laid out hotel welcomes you with its intimate ambience and open ...


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2 Reviews
  • oioigeeza 22 Apr 2021
    Panagia Gremiotissa
    Panagia Gremiotissa beautiful church situated on the top of ios village a great place for photos and the best sunset views head in to the village and walk through the winding alley ways head straight up at ios bakery and keep walking up for about 15 mins a must when visiting ios island
  • wendybren 07 Jul 2008
    The centre of fun
    Chora was the center of fun for all the island!! In general, it was a nice town but not very different from the towns in other islands, such as Paros or Mykonos. What made Ios Chora special was at night, when every corner was full of people dancing and you could hear the music of bars all over the town. The best bars were Liquid (great music) and the Pirates (friendly and charm people). Do not miss them!!