GENERAL TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR IOS GREECE
Pack your bags for a trip that will change your life forever . Take the first boat to Ios. Don't think about it twice. As the boat sails through the Aegean Sea and the seagulls fly among the masts, you can just dream of Ios Greece...
The salty breeze, the groups of young people wandering on the ship, restless, happy, and singing, will smoothly carry you towards the rhythm of Ios Island Greece. They are all travelling to the island of the 52 golden beaches, some of which are secluded and other that are packed with people, and the more than 150 bars.
Ios Greece Travel Information
Ios Greece or "Little Malta" as it's called by sailors because its port is protected from the wind.
Ios is one of the southernmost Cycladic islands . The highest mountain is Pirgos, 713m in height, located in the center of the island. The warmest months are July and August (average temperature 28C). although due to the northerly wind called the Meltemi, Ios weather is pleasantly cool.
And there you are, leaning upon the bulwark gazing at the natural harbor of the Aegean and the second most popular area on the island, Ormos, known as Yialos among locals. At the marina, traditional fish boats are leaving for the open sea in the morning and in the evening, fishermen are coming back with their nets full.
Chora, which is situated right next to Ormos, is a typical island town, with Cycladic whitewashed houses that contrast with the blue sky, winding narrow stone paved streets leading to chapels, windmills, and yards. If you take a walk in the evening hours, you will find out that the three main squares are so overcrowded that you may lose your way in the small side streets. The windmills, on the slope above Chora, offer you another good excuse to show off your new camera.
HISTORY OF IOS GREECE
According to the tradition, Ios Greece is believed to be the homeland of Homer's mother, while it is speculated that the great poet died and was buried here.
The island was emigrated by Ions and later became a part of the Athenian Alliance. In the beginning of the 13th century, Ios Greece was conquered by the Venetians who built the castle in Chora the very next century.
In 1537, Ios Island was occupied by the Turks but participated in the revolution against the Turkish yoke in 1821 and was liberated in 1832 along with the other Cycladic islands.