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Ios (The Island)

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Ios is a small island in the southeast Aegean Sea, between Naxos, Sikinos and Santorini. It is one of the most popular destinations in the Cyclades, and stands out for its unique natural beauty, golden beaches, clear blue sea and the traditional cobbled capital, “Chora”. The blue and white houses, the “stegadia” and beautiful squares of Chora are those characteristics that enchant every visitor!

Specificity of Ios is the fact that it provides the corresponding holiday for every type of visitor. It combines the traditional elements of a Cycladic island, with those features of a cosmopolitan destination.

At the entrance of the natural harbor welcomes visitors from one side a traditional Cycladic stone-built lighthouse and on the other hand, “St. Irene”, one of the many Byzantine churches found throughout the island.

Great interest also presents the Skarkos, a Cycladic settlement (2.700-2.300 BC) of priceless historical monument. About its history and its discoveries, visitors can visit the Archaeological Museum of Ios.

Another important monument of Ios is the tomb of “Homer”. Ios island is home to the mother of the great epic poet. Also worthy to visit is the theater “Odysseas Elytis”, festivals and other events, held every summer in Ios.

In the evenings the streets of Chora are full of life, as it is open among others cafeterias, traditional cafes, bars, clubs, restaurants and taverns with traditional Greek dishes, pizza etc.

 

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