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Ios

The reputation of Ios as the hard-partying island of the Cyclades has diminished somewhat in recent years and the island has cleaned up its image – the buildings are smartly painted white with blue trim, camping rough is discouraged and the bars no longer stay open all night, although the dance clubs still do.

The island is still very popular with the young, backpacker set, particularly in July and August, but at other times of the year it is very much a destination for young families. Most of the villages are clustered in a western corner of the island with scant development across the rest of the island. Poor transport links mean that some of the best beaches remain very quiet and yet easily accessible to those lucky enough to be on an Ios yacht charter.  Yialos, the island’s main port, is one of the best and safest natural harbours in the Cyclades.

The beach here is peaceful and uncrowded and there are good facilities around the marina, including a large supermarket for stocking up on provisions and several good tavernas.  Ios Town – also known as Hora – lies above Yialos. It’s attractive and picturesque, with meandering arcaded lanes and whitewashed chapels.

There’s an Archaeological Museum and an outdoor theatre which hosts concerts and plays during the summer months.  Cheap and cheerful is the order of the day when it comes to eating and drinking – Ios may not be the island on which to seek out fine dining opportunities but you’re guaranteed to bag yourself a decent pizza or gyros. Mylopotas is a wonderful beach with good watersports facilities and Manganari, on the south coast, is another.
 

 

Mooring:

  • Stern-to at the marina in Yialos. Anchor off the beach at Mylopotas and Manganari.

To Do:

  • Partying
  • Watersports

Facilities:

  • Water
  • Fuel
  • Provisions
  • Internet access
  • Bars and restaurants