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Ios island in Greece is a famous tourist destination , attracting visitors with its golden beaches and the characteristic Aegean architecture. Ios is well known as the party island with the lively atmosphere and the endless fun.
WHAT TO VISIT AND WHAT TO DO:
Ios Chora or Ios Town is the main and only real village of Ios, build on the western side of the island, twenty minutes walk from the Town port. It is a real jewel, built amphitheatrically and shimmering under the sun.
In this typical Cycladic village, one of the most beautiful town in the entire Cyclades, visitors will find many hotels, pensions, rooms for rent, restaurants, fine jewellery, gift and souvenir shops, mini markets and a great amount of bars and night clubs.
Ios Windmills: The beautiful party island of Ios is about a seven hour ferry ride away from Athens and about an hour's ferry ride from Santorini. Ios has some extremely picturesque and worth visiting windmills. Standing at the port it is difficult to locate them. But on walking about 2 km into the main town of Ios, you will first see several almost destroyed windmills that are no longer in use.
Majority of the windmills are found in the typically Cycladic town of Chora or Hora. Twelve windmills on the top of the mountain slope at Chora complete its scenic beauty. These age old windmills are worn by the weather but they still proudly watch over the small church of Agios Nikolaos near by. Atleast two of these windmills have been restored today. Back in the day, the windmills were used to produce energy to grind grains and helped enormously by adding to the agricultural economy and satisfying the food requirements of the island. Today they stand as ornamental monuments that add to the landscape and bear testimony to the unique local architecture. These charming structures that look over the turquoise Aegean Sea are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful sites of the island.
The Tomb of Homer on Ios: Homer was among the greatest poets in ancient Greek history who wrote epics like Odyssey and Iliad. Legend has it that it was on the island of Ios that Homer took his last breath and now he supposedly lies buried in his grave at Plakoto in the northernmost part of the island on a hill. Some say that Homer's mother, Clymene, was from Ios and that is why Homer chose to spend his last days there.
BEACHES IN IOS:
Manganari Beach, Ios: About 23 kilometres from Ormos port, on the south coast of Ios, at the end of Mylopotas beach, a road climbs up the hills and turns right before Kalamos monastery to reach the wonderful and almost deserted Manganari bay. This enchanting bay is divided into five idyllic beaches with golden sand or pebbles, and shallow crystalline emerald waters.
Mylopotas Beach, Ios : South west of Chora, Mylopotas beach, the busiest beach of Ios, can get really crowded during summer. The long sandy beach extends for one kilometre and offers sun beds, umbrellas, beach bars, cafes, restaurants and a great variety of sea sports. Its emerald waters are a real delight as is its pure golden sand.
Koumbara Beach, Ios : Koumbara is in a beautiful bay at a 30 minute walk north-west of the Ormos port; it can be also reached by bus (leaving from Ormos). It is a 300 metres long sandy beach with taverns and rooms for lent nearby. A beach bar is located on the beach and serves refreshing cocktails. Koubara is also a very quiet place, undisturbed by the noise and the big crowds of tourism. It is the ideal place for swimming into clear shallow waters, along the Ios rocks and cliff dive. Koubara's pure and soft golden sand is marvellous, but not as much as the astonishing sunsets that can be seen from it.
MAP OF IOS ISLAND, GREECE
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