Ios is a Greek island,one of the most beautiful island in the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea. Ios is a popular tourist destination which attracts people of all ages and nationalities. It’s well known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant night life, its charming traditional village (Chora) and its relaxed and easy going life style.
Ios island took her name from the Ancient Greek word ‘Ia’, refering to the flowers that grow in abundance on its surface. Others believe that the name Ios derives from the same Phoenician word, meaning a pile of rocks. Today the inhabitants of the Cycladic Islands call the island Nio, a name deriving from the Byzantine Era. Ios island since the prehistoric times and due to its naturally protected harbour played a pivotal role as part of the maritime passages towards Crete. Also island then found itself under the influence of the Minoan and consecutively the Mycenaean civilization and culture.Today Ios holds its reputation high as a holiday spot for young people who want to have fun, has great tourist infrustructure, a well organized marina and a more than well-structured road network.
The remains of the ancient town built in the same position with today’s capital and the ruins of the medieval castle built in 1937 are worth visiting . Your Ios sightseeing can continue with a visit to the Archaeological Museum on the ground floor of the Town Hall, as well the museum of Modern Art “Zean Mari Ntro” and the museum of Traditional Art.
Don’t forget to visit Homer’s grave, who was the most famous poet of the ancient world, at Plakoto on the northern part of Ios Island Greece . This is one of the main attractions of Ios sightseeing.
A feast of local tastes awaits the lucky visitors: chickpea balls, sun-dried picarel, tsimétia (stuffed vegetable marrow flowers), vegetable marrow omelette, dolmadákia using fresh vine leaves from the numerous vineyards where the famed niotiko wine is produced. Try also soúgli with tsiarídes (traditional breakfast), panáda (home-made bread sopped in red sauce – an ideal snack!). For desert try the local pumpkin pie made of sweet pumpkin, Mosénta (watermelon pie) and pastotá figs (dried figs with sesame seeds). Also the nightlife of Ios Greece is amazing with many bars and clubs to choose from. This page will list some of my favorite ones that I frequently visit when I am on the Island of Love.