Trip to Ios Island, GreeceMay 13, 2011 1 Comment
There are many Cyclades IslandsGreek Island Tours : Discovering the beauties of Milos Island, Milos | Cyclades Islands | Greece. Read more ... » that you can consider to visit once you are planning to spend holidays in Greece. One famous Greek Island travel nearby Santorini is Ios Island. Ios is exactly at the north of Santorini5 Romantic Honeymoon Cities In Europe. Read more ... », south of Naxos and Paros, and many more islands in the group of Cyclades Islands, makes it easier for tourists to visit it by ferry boats. Local people call the island “Nios”, but the island is originally named after a flower violet which they call “ion”. Many people say Ios is a youth island, an island full of young people coming and partying in all summer. Numerous bars, clubs, cafés, and restaurants are spread in the island, ready to serve the partying needs of tourists. Well, Ios has been developed after some years and now it’s not only youngsters coming here, Ios is also a place for all ages because it has more to offer other than its nightlife. What you see in Ios are white-washed buildings built on the hills spread all around on the valleys, calm and beautiful golden sandy beaches, culture in Ios, completed with vivid nightlife on the island. Not only that, it’s said that the island has 365 churchesIn Photos: Duomo Di Milano - The Largest Cathedral in Italy. Read more ... » and chapels, as many as the days of the year.
There are so many ferry boats scheduled to travel to Ios from either Piraeus, Santorini, Naxos, Paxos, etc. To start our trip to Ios, let’s go to Chora. Chora is the main city of the island. Chora was built on the slope of the hill, features whitewashed buildings, numerous shops and restaurants, twelve windmills, streets look like maze, medieval castle, etc. On the peak of the hill there is a church of Panagia Gremiotissa or “Virgin Mary on the Precipice”, exactly located at the edge of precipice. The view from the church is really stunning, especially at sunset time. Chora during a day is peaceful, getting around the area during the day is the best thing to do. Rent motorcycle or take a bus to explore the island. Contrary to the situation during a day, Chora completely turns into a center area for partying. This is where tourists always come by partying all night long.
Greek Island Tour: Ios Island | Chora and The Church of Panagia Gremiotissa on the peak
Two kilometers away from Chora there is a main port in Ios called Gialos (in Greek, it’s pronounced as Yialos). The port situation is much quieter than in Chora. It is an ideal place for you who yearns for calmer situation. It is good to go around the area by walking during a day. There is a chapel St. Irini, previously used by Orthodox people and now for Catholics. From the chapel, there is a path from which is you keep taking a walk you will find small beaches Kolitsani and Valmas to relax after taking a walk. In Yialos, accommodations such as luxury hotels with swimming pools to apartments with cooking utensils are available for you to stay in. Check out some rates and the reviews. Nearby Yialos there is also a golden sandy beachMyrtos Beach - Best Beach in Kefalonia, Ionian Islands, Greece. Read more ... » called Koumbara which features a beautiful view of the sea.
Still for beach lovers, there are two beaches in Ios worth to visit: Manganari beach and Mylopotas. Mylopotas is the one of best beaches in Aegean Sea. Sunbeds, taverns, bars, hotels are found in the area, to fulfill visitors’ needs. Other than swimming, you can actually also experience diving, windsurfing, waterskiing, and even wakeboarding. Unlike Manganari, Mylopotas is located near Chora, so it’s easier for you to go there.
For you who love historical tour in Ios, visit the hill of Skarkos where proofs of Ios has been inhabited in the early of Cycladic period were found. It is the place where well-preserved prehistoric stuff found, such as potteries, tools made from metal, as well as bones and stone. Skarkos, out of six locations throughout EuropeJoin the celebration of Oktoberfest in Munich | Germany. Read more ... », has been awarded as a Cultural Heritage Site by European Union amongst 109 candidates. The view from the top is magnificent.
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