Ios is a Greek island of the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea. It's a hilly island with cliffs down to the sea on most sides, situated half way between Naxos and Santorini. Ios is part the Thira regional unit. The island was the setting for the movie "Ginger and Cinnamon". Also scenes from the "Big Blue" were shot here.
Excavations on Skaros hill unearthed a prehistoric settlement, proving that ios has been inhabited since the early Cycladic period. During later times, Ios made rather few marks in history. According to ancient tradition, Homer's mother was born in Ios and himself was buried there - and indeed the locals will show visitors the site of the ancient town of Plakotos at the north most end of the island, where the rocky entrance to a tomb be seen. There is no evidence however connecting this with Homer. The north end of Ios has a ruined Venetian castle from the 15th century. The island is said to have 365 churches and chapels, one for each day of the month.
Most of the island is inhabited essentially deserted. There are no small villages to keep up the tradition. Ios Town (Chora) is the only center point of the island. It's located on a hill capped by a windmill. There are actually twelve windmills above the town. The town is a dazzling mix of white houses and blue domed churches fast being swamped by discos and bars. It's also full of harrow cobbled streets.
The island of Ios is full of idyllic beaches extending over many Km and combining their golden sand to the pure emerald color of the clean waters. Most of the beaches are unspoiled from tourist industry and they offer pure nature pleasure. However one can find beaches fully equipped with facilities such as Mylopotas and Manganari.
IOS WEATHER & CLIMATE
Ios Island has a climate that is typical of the Cyclades Greek islands. Summers are quite warm but the cool offshore breeze makes the weather very pleasant. In spring and autumn Ios is cool and enjoyable as rainfall is uncommon. The meltemi winds are common especially during July and August.
IOS LOCAL PRODUCTS
As traditional products Ios produces honey, cheese and other dairy delicacies. Food is served mostly in family owned tavernas and one can enjoy Greek specialties such as lamb cooked with four types of cheese and as well international cuisine like pasta and pizza.
WHY IOS? Top 5 reasons to visit
1. Ios is the perfect combination of nature unspoiled holidays and wild nightlife.
2. Famous for the nonstop parties and beautiful beaches.
3. Ideal if travelling with friends, 18-25 age focused.
4. Best activities on the island are camping on untouched wild nature sites and of course all day parties in the town.
5. Good choice for budget concerned travelers since most of the tourists visiting Ios are youngsters.