Luxury in Ios island: Amazing beaches, rich history, bustling nightlife
Ios is an island that belongs to the Cyclades, a Greek group of islands located in the Aegean Sea, east of the Peloponnese archipelago. Ios lies north of Santorini and southwest of Naxos. It is a mountainous island with many churches and chapels and few permanent inhabitants. The island is surrounded by perfect beaches with golden sand and pure emerald waters. Most beaches are almost deserted, without any tourist facilities to spoil their wild beauty. Mylopotas, Gialos and Maganari are the most popular and tourist organized beaches, drawing many visitors. The capital of Ios Island is Hora, a beautiful Cycladic village with paved streets and whitewashed houses. The city itself has a port that is located northwest of it. This is the centre of activities in summer with many night bars, restaurants and shops. During the daytime, it is a quiet place to walk around in and explore. Hora was built against a hill and on the top are two ruins of the medieval castle and the Venetian Aghios Nicolaos chapel.
Since the 1960's, when Ios became a popular destination for students and young people, it has gained some reputation as a party island. In reality, the island is different from the myth. It all depends on when you go, where you stay and which part of the island you visit. During July and August the island of Ios is the busiest and at this time of the year, Ios might live up to its party-location reputation. However, if that is not your choice, it will not bother you. There is a wide choice of accommodation such as luxury villas and rental apartments on Ios Island. Most of the accommodation can be found in and around the Hora and Mylopotas beach area. There are several ferry connections with this island, including from Santorini and Piraeus. Getting to Ios by sea, there is a catamaran service from Piraeus twice a day in high season. There is also a frequent bus service between the port Yialos and Mylopotas via Hora.