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Reviewed on 17 Sep 2019
In the southern Cyclades, Ios Island is famed for its vibrant nightlife, stunning beaches and cultural treasures. Whether you explore the historical sites of Ios Island, get active with watersports or lounge on the beach, there’s plenty to enjoy here. Partygoers and families alike will find an excellent range of accommodation on Ios Island, from budget guest houses to five-star luxury hotels.
Ios Town, also known as Chora, is overlooked by picturesque windmills and full of curious alleyways with shops, restaurants and plenty of historical buildings to explore. Though more of a sleepy village by day, by night the town – with its bars and nightclubs – really comes to life.
Like many of the Cyclades Islands, Ios is rich in archeological sites and not far from the town, you’ll find Skarkos with its well-preserved Bronze Age structures. This is one of the most significant archeological sites in the Cyclades.
To the north, another spot worth visiting is the burial place of the epic poet, Homer. And for breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea and nearby Cyclades islands visit the Byzantine castle of PaleoKastro in the east of Ios Island.
Mylopotas Beach to the south of Ios Town is the most popular beach on the island and famed for its party scene. There are shops, beach bars and restaurants along the beach, and activities include diving and snorkeling. You can also go kayaking here and explore beaches further afield.
Manganari on the southern coast of Ios Island has some beautiful coves and quiet unspoilt beaches. Featured in the movie The Big Blue, its shallow water makes it a great location for children, but it’s also a good place to try windsurfing. After working up an appetite, find a Greek taverna nearby for fresh seafood.
When it comes to mid-range and budget hotels on Ios Island, you’re spoiled for choice. There’s a good range of accommodation in Ios town, and further south, you’ll find plenty of boutique hotels and guesthouses near Mylopotas Beach.
Most resorts on Ios Island are just a short walk from nearby beaches and many have outdoor pools. There are also some lovely budget apartments near Manganari Beach to the south of the island.
Ios Town has some stunning luxury resorts boasting private pools, restaurants and furnished patios. Accommodation in the town is also well placed for boat trips from the ferry port.
Further south near Mylopotas Beach, you’ll find beautiful four-star beach hotels with spas, outdoor pools and plenty of family-friendly amenities. For more choice you’ll find some stunning luxury hotels and apartments on nearby islands.
Whether you want to party all night or simply enjoy the sea and sun, Ios Island is a beautiful location for a trip to the Cyclades. There’s an abundance of hotels on Ios Island, from budget accommodation to stylish luxury villas, so you can really make the most of your time here.