Incredible Ios holidays 2019 / 2020
Situated in the Aegean Sea is a beautiful island of Ios, one of the Cyclades a series of Greek Islands. Home to several stunning beaches, there are also plenty of little villages that are great for exploring on your holiday to Ios in 2019 / 2020. The whitewashed houses are famous across the world and offer a wonderful insight into the island's heritage and past. Mylopotas Beach is where most visitors head to soak up the Greek sunshine. Well-known for its excellent cuisine, Ios has many fantastic restaurants. Some of the best include Salt, Enigma and Far Out Village.
There are some nice child-friendly attractions, such as the Archaeological Museum, and also the ruins of the Venetian Castle. The kids will also love the shallow waters of the crystal-clear sea. From exploring Homer's grave to taking a photography course and tour around the island, there is little something for everyone on this beautiful Greek getaway. With our deals on flights to Ios and a range of all-inclusive hotels available, booking your next holiday for 2019 / 2020 has never made more sense.
The main draw for visitors to the Greek island of Ios is the magnificent beaches, including the extremely popular Mylopotas Beach close to the main of town Chora. Chora is known for charming everybody with its whitewashed houses and collection of small streets lined with tavernas, hotels and souvenir shops. The main attraction is the Venetian castle, which lies in ruins on top of the town's only hill. The town’s traditional character is best explored in daylight hours when most of the crowds are drawn to Mylopotas Beach. Chora is the location of the island’s natural harbour. The settlement is built on the slope of a mountain overlooking the sea. The main square here is filled with various boutiques selling souvenirs, gifts and jewellery.
Greece is renowned for its excellent cuisine and traditional tavernas and Ios is no exception. There are several wonderful tavernas where you can tuck into both traditional and contemporary dishes. There are a number of dining options running along Mylopotas Beach which offer stunning views of the bay and traditional Greek dishes. Food on Ios focuses on fresh ingredients combined with island with flair and creativity. Many eateries feature outdoor seating areas and offer spectacular views out across the island. The highlight of most menus is the local pork, peppers and cheese.
You'll also find excellent tavernas across Ios. At Yialos / Gialos Beach there are a number of tavernas where you can enjoy a moment of seclusion with excellent views and seafood.
Travelling with children can be a little tricky at the best of times. However, the wonderfully relaxed island of Ios will mean you can put your mind at ease, kick back and truly enjoy your holiday. The kids will love the many beaches where they can play in shallow waters, build sand castles and enjoy the sandy shores. Some excellent beaches for kids include Mylopotas, which probably has the best facilities on the island and some great tavernas; Manganari, simply because of it stunning seclusion and peace and Gialos, another firm family favourite with many hotels nearby.
There are some nice attractions which the children will enjoy when on holiday in Ios. The archaeological Museum in Chora, the Cathedral Church and the modern art museum are all excellent kid-friendly choices if you want to escape the midday sun. The ruins of the Venetian castle are also a great place for children to play and learn a little about history. While the remains of the castle are mostly in ruins, they can clamber across the rocky hills and connect with the region's rich heritage.
Action & Adventure
While you could be forgiven for thinking there is little in the way of activity in Ios, you'd be wrong. Despite its tranquillity, there are many activities for those looking to get their adrenaline pumping. The strong summer breeze makes it perfect for wind-surfing. There are many facilities located on Mylopotas Beach and plenty of other water sports are also available.
There are many tours which take place across Ios. One of the most interesting is the photography tour. You will be guided around the island, by bicycle, and be introduced to the fascinating world of professional photography. The stunning landscapes and scenery of Ios provide the ideal backdrop for your creativity. If you feel like exploring the wider region, there's also plenty of opportunities to visit nearby islands. You can either take a single or return journey or do a little island hopping if you want to really make the most of your holiday to Ios.
When you go on holiday to Ios you'll probably want to spend most of your time on one of the many glorious beaches. Close to the main city of Chora is the magnificent Mylopotas Beach. Mylopotas Beach stretches for over a kilometre and its crystal-clear waters have been awarded the Blue Flag several times. There are plenty of umbrellas and sunbeds for rent so you can take shade from the hot Greek sun.
Another beach close to Chora is Yialos/Gialos Beach, which is close to many family hotels. Gialos/Yialos has soft sand, shallow waters, and is a great spot to watch the sunset. Plus, staying near Gialos/Yialos Beach in one of the many hotels is perfect for a family holiday. Lined with tavernas, this Ios hotspot is one of the biggest draws of the Cyclades.
There are a number of other excellent beaches on the island of Ios. Two of the best are Manganari and Kolitsani. Manganari is a relatively remote location and thus the beach remains largely uninhabited – ideal if you're looking to get away from the crowds on neighbouring Cyclades Island, Santorini. The drawback here is there aren't any amenities close by. However, Manganari is one of the most beautiful beaches on Ios, and perhaps one of the most secluded and idyllic in all of the Cyclades Islands.
Kolitsani offers visitors a bit of a different feel. It's surrounded by low rocky cliffs and is even popular with nudist bathers.
Ios has a range of nightlife, no matter what you're looking for. In Chora, there are lively venues and nightclubs to get you dancing all night long. The island became famous for its hippy population in the 1970s, when they flocked here to celebrate the summer solstice - and many of the venues still retain this alternative charm today. Away from the main village, all of the beach locations offer a collection of bars and cafés that stay open well into the evening. Dusk is a wonderful time to relax with a cocktail and take in the spectacular sunsets. If you can't drag yourself away from the beach, then settle down at Beach Bar and enjoy the clink of glasses with the sound of gently rolling waves.
Ios is the perfect holiday destination for couples. There are several party venues for those who want something a little more high-octane. However, you can avoid the crowds and make the most of the quaint resorts across Ios if you're seeking something on the quiet side – ideal for relaxing with your partner away from the crowds. With a choice of all-inclusive hotels and peaceful beaches, Ios is ideal for a couples holiday.
You'll probably spend a lot of your time on one of the island’s many beaches. Couples looking for somewhere vibrant can head to Mylopotas Beach and those who want more privacy will love Manganari Beach on the southern side of the island. Many of the hotels also have spa facilities. After a day relaxing on the beach you can head for a massage to truly unwind and indulge yourself in a little luxury.
Greece is famed for its rich cultural heritage and the island of Ios is no exception. The collections of windmills in Chora are an excellent example of the island's architectural past. Today, they are largely ornamental but give visitors a fascinating insight into Greek history.
Ios is also thought to be the location of the Greek poet, Homer. One of the most famous in ancient Greek history, he wrote classics like the Odyssey and the Iliad. Legend suggests the island was home to his mother and that this is where he chose to spend his final days. To reach his grave, you can take public transport from the port and then make your way on foot up to Pakambos. This fertile valley of vineyards and olive trees will then lead you to Homer's final resting spot.