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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.

Paleocastro:

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.

Naxos:

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.

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                                                                                                  Recent Reviews

                                                                                                  Wonderul Relaxing Holiday- Amazing NEW STUDIO!!!!!

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  The booking experience was very positive. Manolis was prompt with his replies and generous with his advise for our holiday.We loved this beautiful, very new studio which combined a touch of glamour with traditional Cyclades style. Generous outdoor space which the kids loved, fabulous views. The studio was only 5 minutes walking from Yalos beach, with amazing crystal waters!!!! Ms Aggeliki offered us great hospitality.Many thanks!
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017

                                                                                                  Couldn't fault it

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  I stayed with a group of 24 across the 3 villas for a week in late May/early June. The villas themselves were absolutely gorgeous, and we felt we were close enough to walk into town easily. The bedrooms and kitchens were great and the infinity pool especially wasn't spectacular. We loved being so close to Valmas, which was just down from the villas but was always empty. One of the clearest beaches in Ios! Our hosts were so welcoming, even though we were a group of students. They brought us to and from the port (even storing our luggage on the final day) and made us a Greek meal on our final night. One of our party broke a stovetop, but it was replaced quickly by the owners. Our stay couldn't have been better and all of us are dreaming of a return!
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: Jun 07, 2017
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: May 2017