IOS ISLAND ATTRACTIONS

Ios is an island rich in history and culture going back all the way to the 12th century B.C. where findings throughout the island prove its relation to the Phoenicians and the Myceneans until the settlement of the Ionians in the 10th century B.C.

It is also a place of mythological importance as it is considered to be the last resting place of the great poet Homer. Ios is a medium size Cycladic island and it is located on the south eastern part of the Aegean, between Naxos and Santorini. It is worldwide famous for its wonderful beaches and certainly the vivid nightlife. However, holidays in Ios can be at the same time very peaceful. It has great places to relax, away from large crowds and noise.

Discover the island’s cultural heritage, the history and mythological trails, visit Scarkos, the windmills of Chora, Panagia Gremiotissa, Yialos and the tomb of Homer and delve into the island’s intriguing past. The coastline has wonderful beaches with soft sand and emerald waters. There are many things to do in Ios including a series of wonderful activities such as water sports, hiking expeditions, trekking excursions, yoga sessions, sailing adventures and thrilling explorations. The island of Ios stands out from other tourist destinations because it preserves its authenticity and offers the visitor the opportunity to enjoy the nostalgia of the past with the comforts of the present.

SKARKOS

THE PREHISTORIC SITE OF SKARKOS ON THE ISLAND OF IOS
An extraordinary and unique settlement has been excavated on the hill of Skarkos, proving that Ios has been inhabited  since the early Cycladic Period. The findings are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum open daily from 08:00 - 15:00. A guided tour can be   arranged upon request.

HOMER’S TOMB, PLAKOTOS AREA

Homer, the great ancient greek poet is believed to have died and buried at the northern part of the island, called Plakotos.

PALIOKASTRO

The remains of a byzantine castle nestled on a hill near the settlement of Psathi, with a small church and panoramic sea view.

“ODYSSEAS ELYTIS’’ OPEN AIR THEATER

Overlooking the majestic beach of Mylopotas and just above the windmills, this modern open air theater named  after the Nobel prize awarded greek poet Odysseas Elytis, hosts concerts and plays during the summer months.

YIALOS AND THE PORT

Great place for strolling and souvenir shopping with a variety of choices of local restaurants and traditional shops.

CHURCHES

There are more than 300 churches all over the island, some built on the premises of ancient greek temples with visible inlaid parts of the  latter. Don’t miss the church of Agia Irene at the port. At the church of Gremiotissa enjoy the magnificent sunset and walk along the winding paths   of Chora.