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Mylopotas beach is a fine golden sand beach 1 Km long and one of the finest in Greece and island's most crowded especially by young people.
Ios or Nios as it is called by the locals, lies
South in the Cyclades
islands between Naxos and Paros to the North,
Amorgos to the East, Santorini in the South and Sikinos,
Folegandros and Milos to the West in a distance of
107 nautical miles away from Piraeus.
It has an area of 108 sq. km. and a population of
1,500 people. The island can be reached from Piraeus
by ferry all the year round. Ios is also connected,
by ferry, with Crete, with the Dodecanese
island complex, as well as with many other islands
in Cyclades, mainly during the summer period. Finaly
there are also sailings to other islands in the Cyclades.
Probably the name Ios comes from the Ionians. The
excavations made by the archaeologists, proclaims
the presence of a Mycenaean settlement. The most
important prehistoric settlement that was found on
the island, is located upon a hill to the entrance
of the port.
Ios is renowned for its relationship with the great
epic poet Homer. Tradition tell us that Homer was
buried on the island. There is, in fact, a ruin at
Plakoto, which is called Homer's tomb. Chora, the
capital of the island stands near the site of the
ancient city of Ios.
As is the case with the other Cyclades Islands, the
Venetians were here (in the beginning of the 13th
century) and have left a fortress behind, in this
case built in the 15th century. Before them the island
was a part of the vast Byzantine Empire and this
influence is distinctive in the island's countless
churches. In 1537 was occupied by the Turks. Finally,
in 1832 the island entered Greece.
In our times, Ios has become the meeting place for
young people from all over the world. This young
crowd comes to Ios to enjoy the deep blue of the
sea, the shining sun and the frenzied nightlife.
But the gates of Ios paradise are open not only to
the young, but to everyone. Once you are here, you
will make a promise to yourself to come back next
Many believe that Ios is the most beautiful island
in the Cyclades. The pretty little chapel of St Irene
at the entrance to the harbour, the town of Chora,
white above the harbour, climbing up a hillside,
with a chapel at the top-all this at once creates
During daytime you can enjoy swimming in fantastic
beaches like the famous Mylopotas (one of the finest
in Greece and island's most crowded especially by
young people), Manganari (a vast golden sandy beach,
at the southern extremity of the island), Ayia Theodoti
(an excellent secluded beach, about 10 km from Chora)
and Psathi (a beautiful deserted beach at the eastern
part of the island).
Later comes an exploration of Chora, with its narrow
alleys, white houses, windmills and tiny chapels
and then a dinner either in the divine harbour of
Ios, either in spectacular Chora. And finally comes
the world famous nightlife of Ios. The starting and
ending point is Chora with its countless bars, pubs,
clubs and discotheques. The multicolored and multiethnic
crowd participates into this game of fun and all
the people are members of an international family.
has a lot of things to offer, even in the most demanding
visitor. The imposing landscapes,
the picturesque settlements like Mylopotas, the beautiful
beaches like Manganari and Ayia Theodoti, the tomb
of Homer and of course the wild nightlife,
made Ios a very popular destination. Ios is the
place of the ultimate freedom! But any description,
however, lags far behind the reality. There is
only one answer: come to see! If you are young,
text taken from "Ios" (Toubis