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Interesting Facts

36°43′N 25°20′E

COORDINATES

107,8 km²

AREA

87 kms.

COAST LENGTH

2.024

POPULATION

(+) 22860

TELEPHONE CODE

84001

POSTAL CODE

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AIRPORT / INT.

HELIPORT

GMT +2:00

TIME ZONE

Ios (Chora)

CAPITAL

IOS

PORT

HEALTH CENTER

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Ios Map

Ios

Ios has been on tourists’ radars for many good reasons. A pretty old town, stunning beaches, gorgeous sunsets, intriguing archaeological sites, local delicious cuisine and vibrant nightlife found all in one island. Long known as the budget party island of Greece, Ios offers plenty of entertainment opportunities. Parties last until dawn in some parts of Chora, while many other parts of the island remain tranquil. It has been a trendy island for decades, attracting loads of college age people from June until the end of August. Due to its party reputation still keeps prices low, making it a perfect destination for summer holiday.

Ios island is one of the most stunningly beautiful Islands and definitely one of the best places to visit in Greece. Situated halfway between Naxos and Santorini, it is a classic Cycladic Island with white-washed houses, blue domed churches and azure water in every direction. There is a wide variety of incredible things to do, so you will never be bored. Α steep donkey path takes you from the port to Chora, a very picturesque Cycladic village full of stairs and narrow alleys that make it inaccessible for vehicles of any kind. From Chora you can head to several gorgeous beaches, Visit Homer’s Tomb and the ruins of Skarkos or you can climb to the top and enjoy panoramic views. Ios has 365 churches to discover and many trails to hike. Whether you want to party until the sun comes up or explore the numerous beaches and churches, there’s sure be something on Ios to take your fancy.

Ios or Nios is a Greek island in the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea, situated halfway between Naxos and Santorini.

The distance between the port of Piraeus in Athens and Ios is 111 nautical miles.

The island’s name has most probably derived from the Ancient Greek word for violets, "ἴα", (ia) because they were commonly found on the island and it is the most accepted etymology.

Useful Information

Facts and numbers about the place. Get a quick view of the number of beaches, sights, footpaths and events.

Things to Do

Wondering what to do and what to see? The team of ALLOVERGREECE put together a list of must-see destinations and top-rated tourist attractions to help you make the most of your travel itinerary, so be sure to refer often to our list of the top tourist attractions.

Ios villages

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Ios Beaches

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Ios Footpaths

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MARINA

1

CAMPING

Yes

BUSLINE

3

BLUE FLAGS

Local Cuisine & Products

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Travel Instructions

Getting Around

HOW TO GET AROUND IOS | Car Rental, Bus. Taxi, Boats, Scooter / ATV

Bus: Ios is just 18 km (11 miles) long and 10 km (6 miles) wide which makes it easy to explore. There is a frequent public bus between Ios Port, Chora and Mylopotas beach, and a more infrequent service to Koubara and back. There are also buses running that will go to other popular beaches such Manganari and Agia Theodoti, but these do not go often during the day. Many people like to take the bus from the port to Chora as it is high on the hill and can be a hot walk. Tickets are cheap and up-to-date timetables are displayed at the numerous bus stops. Keep in mind that your options are limited if you depend on the bus, as there are plenty of remote beaches and points of interest to discover around the island. Taxis: There are also a few taxis on the island but they can be hard to get in summer. Rental: The best way to get around Ios is by scooters, ATVs or by car. Renting a car, ATV or scooter is easily done and there are many companies at the port and in Chora offering services. Drivers must be 21 years old and must have an EU or international driver’s license. Boats: Lastly, there are daily excursions by boat that will take you to various beaches that are accessed only by the sea.

Upcoming Events

View all the upcoming feasts and festivals. Be part of them and enjoy the greek hospitality!

  • 15 Aug 2024

    Τhe fiesta of Panagia Gremiotissa

  • 21 Aug 2024

    The celebration of Mersinia

  • 29 Aug 2024

    The fiesta of Agios Ioannis

  • 07 Sep 2024

    Τhe fiesta of the Virgin Maria

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