The island of Ios is famous for its amazing beaches with the golden sand and the crystal clear waters. Some of the most famous beaches of the island are the Milopota beach, the Kalamos beach, the Psathi bay and the Koumbara beach. Apart from its beaches, there’s also intense nightlife and this is the reason why there are lots of tourists in the summer. The bars and the clubs on the island play music for every taste and when the fun begins there’s no ending. The landscape of the island is breathtaking; the white-painted churches at various areas of the island are interesting while the picturesque streets and the traditional settlements will excite you. The countless churches, the Byzantine castle ruins, the Modern Art Museum, the Folk Museum as well as the Archaeological Museum are definitely worth a visit. If you too want to spend unforgettable holidays in Ios, all you have to do is book now your ferry tickets.
The Ios Port
You can easily take a ship from Piraeus and the surrounding islands to Ios. You can also book your ferry tickets online via Greeceport.comfor a more comfortable and carefree journey. The journey from Piraeus to Ios lasts 7 hours by ferry and 3 hours and 30 minutes by speedboat. Ormos, the island’s port, is a small touristic settlement that comes alive in summers with rooms to let, cafes, bars and clubs.
Connection With Other Islands
Ios has a ferry connection with the following ports: Piraeus (Athens), Anafi, Folegandros, Herakleion (Crete), Kimolos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos, Syros, Thriassia.
You can now book ferry tickets online for Ios via Greeceport.com. If you plan to travel during July and August, it’s best if you have booked several days or weeks earlier to avoid hitches. You should also know that round-trip/return ferry tickets come with a considerable discount.
The public transportation in Ios is excellent. The buses depart from central points for the villages and the beaches of the island every few minutes the whole day. There are also a few taxis in case you want to travel faster and more comfortable than with the bus. You will also find some small boats that will take you to more secluded and quiet beaches and you will be able to admire the landscape on the way. There are car and motorbike rental agencies as well. However, make sure you have booked the vehicle you desire before you arrive on the island.
The island for all ages
Atmospheric, beautiful, blue … Ios, stands out for its beaches, its paths, its settlements, but also its separate corners from where you can enjoy the excellent views of the Aegean Sea and the neighbouring islands. Ios is an island with vibrant life, attracts people of all ages as it has managed to combine services targeted at different ages.
Higher than the port, at a distance of 2 km. lies the town of Ios. Scenic and white is built amphitheatrically on the hill, where strikes the island’s beautiful lady! Virgin Gkremiotissa. The view from there is panoramic.
The whole village poured in front of her feet. To the right there is the port, to the left left the windmills, and towards the neighbouring islands Sikinos and Santorini.
The highest mountains of Ios are Pirgos (713 m) in the centre of Ios, Prophet Elias (514 m) in the West of the country and Vouni (409 m) in the northern part of the island. The mountains of Ios offer both climbing and mountain hiking, while from their tops you can enjoy the panorama of the island and the magnificent sight of the Aegean Sea with all the surrounding islands of the Cyclades.
Ios, due to the morphology of its territory, the beauty of the natural environment and the successive landscapes that come unfold before the eyes of the visitor, is the ideal place to explore, either by car or even better by choosing one of the many beautiful trails.
Ios has a traditional cycladic gastronomy, which is based on olive oil, legumes, fish, cereals and vegetables. As characteristic dishes we could consider the chickpea balls, tsimetia (kind of dolma where instead of leavres, they use pumpkins) and dried whitebait, which are dried in the sun and then they are baked on the coals. The visitor should also taste the meats of Ios (fresh lamb, pork and beef) which are delicious and totally safe and healthy. We should not omit the reference to the island caper, this aromatic fruit gives a special taste to salads and cooked food.
Happy Holidays in Ios!!!
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