Ios Island Greece
Ios or Nios -as it is called by the locals- is a very beautiful and picturesque Greek Island with excellent sandy beaches and hundreds chapels. Its pretty Chora (capital), is a dazzling mix of white washed houses and blue domed churches.
Yialos (or Gialos)
Ios port, 2Km from Chora and only 600 meters from the hotel. Yialos with is own life is quieter than Chora and has a sandy beach with more local feel, water sports, tavernas, bars, shopping.
Close to Yialos are Koubara and Kolitsani beaches. Behind the port climbs the old stairway to Chora (20 minutes). Alternatively you can take a bus or carry on to Mylopotas beach. From Yialos there are caiques to some of the beaches of the island.
(is twenty minutes walking distance from the hotel) the island's capital, is one of the finest towns in Cyclades. Built on the top of a hill, with medieval castle (built in 1400), white washed houses, maze streets, churches and a dozen of windmills reminding you of past days, when the islanders used the wind power efficiently to make their windmills work.
There are remains of the walls of the ancient city and there are ruins of the Temple of Apollo, close to Agia Aekaterini church. At the top of Hora is the chapel of Agios Nikolaos and under the castle the church of Panagia Gremiotissa.
Is Ios most popular and one of the most famous party beaches of the Cyclades. The crystal clear waters are ideal for swimming and it has been awarded the blue flag.
In the south part of the island and 23 km away from the center is located the Manganari's beach. In fact, this enchanting bay is divided into five consequent beaches and gulfs with shallow, cristalline emerald waters. This place is ideal for swimming and sunbathing. In additional, it provides watersports facilities for endless hours of fun.Along the beach there are taverns, where you can taste fresh fish and local dishes. During your stay there don't miss to visit the byzantine monastery of Saint Ioannis near the beach of Kalamos. We have to mention that in Manganari was shot the movie “Infinite Blue". There are buses that leave from the port, Chora and Mylopotas, as well as taxi-boats from Gialos.
(is just ten minutes walking distance from the hotel) where visitors can see the remains of an Early Bronze Age settlement. This is an extremely important archaeological site providing evidence of a much earlier, developed society on the island and the views from the top of the hill are stunning.
The Archaeological Museum
The Archaeological Museum in Hora – opening hours 08:00-14:00 except Mondays and bank holidays.
Exploring the island
Ios is also well known for its unique routes and trails