Where to stay around Ios?

Our 2018 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 68 holiday lettings near Ios. From 31 Villas to 15 Houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Ios for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Ios?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Ios. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Santorini: 804 holiday homes
  • Greek Islands: 13,068 holiday homes
  • Naxos: 833 holiday homes
  • Paros: 1,129 holiday homes
  • Aegean Islands: 12,964 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Ios! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Ios?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Ios with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Naxos: 833 holiday lettings
  • Oia: 803 holiday lettings
  • Fira: 802 holiday lettings
  • Imerovigli: 799 holiday lettings
  • Paros: 1,115 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Ios?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Ios. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Oia Castle: 857 holiday rentals
  • Mikri Vigla Beach: 1,158 holiday rentals
  • Wine Museum Santorini Island: 805 holiday rentals
  • Santorini Folklore Museum: 805 holiday rentals
  • Mylopotas Beach: 290 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ios listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

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Discover Ios on your next Greek holiday.

The island of Ios is the perfect location for any traveller's next holiday. Located in the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, Ios is a small island that is filled with interesting historical and cultural sites. Visit the Hill of Skarkos, an archaeological site now open to the public. This impressive settlement shows the sophistication of the ancient Greek cultures.

While the island of Ios awaits, HomeAway provides the perfect rental home for any holiday. Larger groups may be happier in one of the villas on Ios that HomeAway has to offer. Smaller groups may want to research homes and apartments on the island of Ios. Each HomeAway villas on Ios offers a variety of amenities, however, to fit every group's holiday needs. Visitors looking for more activity will enjoy rental homes on the island of Mykonos or Santorini holiday rentals. Mykonos is where the bustling city of Fira is located. Santorini is more secluded, with white-washed buildings known the world over.

Things to do

Skarkos Hill:

The prehistoric settlement of Skarkos is a must-see. The KA Inland Revenue for the Antiquities of the Cyclades unearthed it, after which the site was awarded a European Union Cultural Heritage Prize. The ruins show advanced architecture, multi-storied buildings, and even an old sewage system.

Homer's Tomb:

Homer's Tomb is located on the northern end of the island, near Plakotos Beach. Sources that point to Homer's death on Ios. The tomb is a very popular attraction on the island. The tomb sits atop a hill, with a plaque that reads 'Here the earth covers the sacred head of men and heroes Homer the divine poet'.

Archaeological Museum:

The Archaeological Museum of Ios is located in the capital town, which bears the same name as the island itself. Items from the Skarkos site are available for viewing, as well as other pieces found throughout the excavations conducted on the island. The museum was started by then-mayor Fragkoulis Kortesis in 1904.


This 16th-century castle sits at the top of a hill between Psathi and Saint Theodoti beaches. This fortress was constructed during the Byzantine era while Ios was temporarily occupied. The Panagia Paleokastritissa church holds an annual festival in the castle in honour of the Virgin Mary.

Maganari Beach:

The three large coves of Maganari Beach are full of crystal-clear water perfect for snorkelling, swimming, and diving. Nearby tavernas provide meals and drinks during normal opening hours. The beach is easily reached by bike, car, or boat rental. There is also a nudist section of this beach.


The nearby island of Naxos is definitely worth a day trip at least. Naxos is the largest island in the Cyclades island group. Naxos city has over 6,000 residents. The other villages of Naxos are Filoti, Vivlos, and Koronos, among several others.

Weather on Ios

The weather on Ios is consistent with a Mediterranean climate. Temperatures in the summer peak in the high-30s, while winter brings more precipitation and temperatures in the low-10s. The Etesian Winds arrive in mid-May and remain through mid-October. These strong winds blow across the Aegean and Ionian Seas in the late afternoons, and affect those on the western side of the island, as well as sailors at sea.

Travel to Ios

Travelling to Ios couldn't be easier. From Naxos Airport (JNX) travellers should take a ferry from the main ferry harbour. Blue Star ferries runs both car-carrying and passenger ferries daily. Ferries arrive on Ios at the town of the same name, before travelling along the Epar Od. Iou-Ormou Iou Road, which begins at the harbour and winds through the city. Visitors should follow this road south toward Markos Beach and the natural reserve named Ilias.

Sightseeing in and around Ios

Are you hoping to discover things to do in the city? Venture out of your holiday home and experience everything that Ios has to offer. These are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Tzamaria Beach (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Koumpara Beach (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
  • Domaine Sigalas (18.5 mi / 29.7 km)

Seasonal weather in Ios

If warm-weather activities are high on your list, July, June, August and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 28°F.

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Ios

Whether you're an active traveller or just want to take in the scenery, Ios is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are a few of the area's most enchanting sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Yialos Beach (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Mylopotas Beach (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Tzamaria Beach (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Koumpara Beach (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
  • Agia Theodoti Beach (3.3 mi / 5.3 km)
  • Psathi Beach (4.6 mi / 7.4 km)