Ios Island Greece

Ios Island Greece is in the heart of the Aegean sea and is a summertime favorite. Ios is famous for the nightlife, and is known as one of the best party islands in Greece. The Ios party scene is a way of life.  Ios Island Greece is also a great destination to kick back and relax. Stroll around the cobblestone alleys of Chora, discover its cliff-top villages, climb up to Odysseus Elytis theater to marvel at a breathtaking view to the island and the endless Aegean sea, watch the sun sink towards the horizon from Panagia Gremiotissa church, or visit Homer’s grave, one of the most significant historical monuments of Ios.

As for Ios beaches, they are some of the best beaches in the Cyclades. Head to Mylopotas beach, Gialos beach and Manganari beach to have a taste of Ios beach party scene. If you are looking for a more quiet beach, visit Agia Theodoti beach, Koumpara beach, and Psathi beach to find serenity and virgin natural landscapes. You can also visit our Cyclades Travel Guide for information on all the best Cyclades Islands.

Ios Weather – When to Visit

Ios has weather typical of the Cyclades, consisting in a mild winter with low rainfalls, a cool spring, and autumn, and a dry, shiny and hot summer with average temperatures of 84°F during the daytime, with the meltemia north winds summer days during late July and early August.

Any time between late May and September is going to have decent warm weather and virtually no rainfall with the hottest months being July and August. If you like it hot then go in July or August if you prefer it a bit cooler then go before or after.

The best time to visit Ios also depends on what you’re looking for, Ios can be a party island in the peak season but a bit quieter just before and after. So May and early June are quieter, then it picks up and gets really busy with late night bars and clubs until around September when the pace slows down again so pick your dates accordingly.

Best Ios Beaches

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Mylopotas Beach

Ios’ most famous beach is 3km from Chora, and is the party beach, attracting young crowds both day and night. It’s the most crowded beach on the island, although there’s 1km of golden sand allowing you to lie in the sun in peace. It’s a good beach for swimming, as it has calm crystal-clear waters, and is faced by many restaurants and bars. 

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Agia Theodotis Beach

Named after a 16-century church up on a hill, this beach in the north of the island (14km from Chora) is one of its most beautiful. It’s a long sandy beach with tavernas and sunbeds and umbrellas, but also with enough space for you to spread your towel away from the crowds. If you prefer to lie in the shade there are trees for that, and if you like to do some nude sunbathing, there’s a spot for you in the section farthest from the tavernas.

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Manganari Beach

If you like to swim or snorkel in calm, crystal-clear waters surrounded by natural beauty, this is the best beach in all of the Cyclades. It’s the farthest beach from Chora (around 23km south), but easily accessible by car, and there’s also a bus during the summer. It’s actually two beaches connected by small coves, and is the quieter alternative to Mylopotas.

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Kalamos Beach

The long and sandy beach of Kalamos, on the eastern coast of Ios, is a gorgeous place with soft golden sand and crystal waters. It is mostly secluded and receives few visitors, even in high season. Surrounded by rocky cliffs covered in almonds and olive trees, the beach is considered a special spot for adventure.

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Tris Klisies Beach

Tris Klisies beach is highly recommended for people who want their privacy. Tris Klisies is also a frequent choice for nudism. There is a small hiking path leading to this beach where you have to leave your car and walk for about 10-15 minutes. The golden sand and deep blue waters promise a unique diving experience and relaxing hours offering an extraordinary view to the surrounding area. The surrounding rocky coastline is great to explore by boat.

Best Recommended Ios Tours & Activities by Viator

Ios Speed Boat Adventure

This is a fantastic way to discover Ios and some of its hidden treasures, doing it in comfort and style on a luxury speed boats. Learn more about the Ios Speed Boat Adventure here.
• Best way to explore the beautiful coastline of Ios
• Relaxing on a speedboat, soaking in the sun listening to great tunes.
• Explore unique underwater caves 
• Snorkel on shipwreck and reef
• Visit picture postcard deserted beaches
• Beach games

Scenic Boat Tour of Ios

With this 3 hour boat tour, you’ll be able to experience the beauty of Ios from a unique perspective. We will take you to secluded beaches, natural caves, cliff jumping, ship wrecks, and more. Snorkels will be provided, as well as food and drink. If you would like to customize the tour or make it private, that is no problem! Our licensed drivers will make sure you have a safe and fun experience! Learn more about the Scenic Boat Tour of Ios here.

Ios Canoe Safari

A prime location for sea kayaking, Mylopotas Bay boasts calm, flat waters and sheltered coves. Paddle around the bay, stopping for snorkeling and swim breaks along the way. Enjoy a barbecue lunch, then continue paddling to Kolitsani, a remote beach surrounded by scenic hills. This is an excellent way to immerse yourself in nature and stay active while on vacation. Learn more about the Ios Canoe Safari here.

Sunset on Sailboat (afternoon) Half Day

Sunset on Sailboat (in the afternoon). Half day sailings to Santorini, Oia, Palea Kameni, Nea Kameni, Red Beach, and Playa Blanca. Daily departures guaranteed in the afternoon every day from March 1 to November 20. Learn more about the Half-Day Sunset Sail here.

Explore beauty of Cyclades Islands Mykonos Naxos Iraklia Ios Santorini

Power Aegean can give you the Cyclades tour in a day duration with the fastest boats of Aegean sea and we are established professional company, fully complies with the European legislation. Their highly trained staff will provide you a pleasant but foremost safe experience, fully ensuring that passenger’s safety constitutes one of their top priorities, discover the unique beaches and the hidden sea beauties. Learn more about the Cyclades Islands Tour here.

Best Ios Restaurants

La Buca Restaurant $11 – 30

At La Buca Restaurant you can enjoy original Italian flavours, especially appetisers, meat dishes, as well as a wide variety of pasta dishes at very reasonable prices. Here you will savor original Cycladic dishes and Al dente pasta, and if you wish to bring the seafood aura to your plate, you may order pasta with fresh seafood. Telephone: 30 22860 91447 Web: La Buca Restaurant

Salt Restaurant Bar $11 – 30

The Salt Restaurant Bar offers you a full view of Milopotas beach, one of the most cosmopolitan spots on Ios Island. All the available meal options are inspired by the Mediterranean and International cuisines, while Salt Restaurant Bar can also be a good choice for your night out.  Telephone: 30 22860 92217 Web: Salt Restaurant Bar

The Mills $11 – 30

The Mills has mainly traditional Greek roots with a few adjustments now and then. The restaurant is famous for the moussaka, which is cooked in an old pot, as well as the grilled calamari and the healthy Greek salads made out from fresh ingredients. Barrel wine and Greek music make a perfect accompaniment to a lovely meal of local specialties. Telephone: 30 2286 091284 Web: The Mills

Lord Byron $11 – 30

The cuisine that one can taste here is delicious and healthy. The delicious courses are made with fresh local and natural produce, from seafood and meat to the most enticing pasta. Try a heavenly dessert to conclude the perfect meal. Telephone: 30 22860 92125 Web: Lord Byron

Enigma $11 – 30

Known for its lovely ambiance and tasty food, this restaurant specializes in Greek cuisine with fresh products and ingredients locally-grown. The Greek meze dishes are delicious starting from halloumi grilled cheese, oven-baked and fresh mushrooms.  There are enough choices for vegetarians, too, and some great traditional desserts, like baklavas, served with ice-cream. Telephone: 30 22860 91847 Web: Enigma

Best Ios Bars

Karma Beach Bar

Karma is a lovely beach bar located on the beautiful beach of Mylopotas Ios. The bar also hosts a restaurant with great Italian food, excellent coffee and amazing cocktails. Telephone: 30 22860 91156 Web: Karma

Cantina Del Mar Beach Bar

Cantina Del Mar is a beach bar-cafeteria located right on the main beach of Mylopotas one of the most crowded on Ios. The bar serves tasty sandwiches, a selection of fresh salads and great waffles. The evenings are ideal to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Aegean while listening to the lounge music of the bar. Telephone: 30 22860 91016 Web: Cantina Del Mar

Click

Click cocktail bar is considered to be an old-time classic spot in Ios Town. Its comfortable and stylish ambiance, the nice music and its quality drinks make Click Cocktail Bar an ideal choice for all those who are looking for something special for their night out.   Telephone: 30 2286 027005 Web: Click

Coo Bar

Coo bar was designed with minimalist character, white decor and a brilliant lighting scheme with ever-changing shades. The menu of the bar has a special choice of drinks and cocktails. The DJ puts the best R&B music with rare mixes and amazing scratches. Telephone: 30 6982 063864 Web: Coo Bar

Blue Note

Blue Note has become quite popular among the Germans, English, Irish, and Australians. The bar mostly plays Swedish, Rock 40, Top 40 and Party rock music Mix. It is located in the upper main square of Chora and is open from late in the evening until the early hours. Telephone: 30 22860 92271 Web: Blue Note

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32 Comments

  1. Tashibaarzu

    First of all, thank you so much for sharing such an excellent article with us. It is really nice article and also admirable. I have enjoyed your article while reading.

    It is my passion to visit the world. I have visited all over the world. My husband and I went to Ios Island Greece last year. I agree with your article. My husband and I will be going again this year. Your article is helpful to me and travel lovers.

    I will share your article with a travel lover. I hope that by reading your article, many will share their experiences with you.

    Thank you again for sharing the beautiful article.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome.  How lucky to visit Ios two years in a row!!!  Safe travels and thank you for stopping by.

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  2. Marthagirl

    Hi, Thank you so very much for Ios Island Greece guide.  I am really excited now to plan a vacation here.  I have always loved Greece.  Cantina Del Mar beach bar, on the main beach of Mylopotas looks like a great place to hang out while at the beach.  I am looking forward to the evenings in Ios to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea.  What a great place to do that!  Thanks for the information.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Martha.  I am glad you enjoyed your visit to my Ios Island Greece guide.  Yes, I think you will have a wonderful time in Ios and especially hanging out on beach and enjoying the Cantina Del Mar Beach Bar.  Thank you for taking the time to leave me comments.

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  3. Sheddy Ovb

    Thank you for taking the time to provide such a great source of information for Ios Island Greece.

    I like to plan ahead and have some recommendations in hand.  As well as planning and securing our hotel and activities.  You have given me a lot of things to think about. Although I haven’t been to Ios island, I have heard some really nice things about the area.  A friend visited Ios and said the beaches are really clean with crystal blue water.   Looks like the restaurants prices are reasonable as well.   I think it’s a nice and comfortable place for a vacation and I’ll love to try it out someday.  Thanks again for sharing this great travel guide.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you enjoyed reading and learning about Ios Island Greece.  I hope you can vacation here sometime soon.  If you need any further information, please let me know.

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  4. Juan Saladin

    Wow, Ios Island has so much to offer. The beaches look amazing and in a wonderful tropical location. I believe Ios would be a great place to just relax and enjoy the tropical environment without the congestion of some other tropical locations.

    Restaurants look really reasonable. This is definitely a great and affordable escape to take a breath from the issues of the daily lives.

    Thanks for a great destiny review post!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Juan and I am glad you enjoyed my Ios Island Greece guide.  Thanks for visiting Beach Travel Destinations and taking the time to leave me comments.

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  5. Surina Dragonflyer

    When I have made my first 100k this looks like the place to go.  I love to travel and any beach I can get near to is always at the top of my list.  You offered quite a bit of information on this area.  The pictures, I imagine, do not do justice to the natural beauty surrounding the area.  I like the fact that you offer information on the seclusion level.  I myself, enjoy a more private beach experience where I can relieve myself of any clothing.  This will be on the top of my bucket list for sure.  I have wanted to try out cliff diving and also scuba diving.  I have already enjoyed many snorkeling adventures, but the idea of seeing shipwrecks sounds awesome.  One question I do have, I noticed that you included some pricing information on the restaurants.  Is this american $ currency?  

    Wonderful job on your site and lovely pictures as well.  Best of luck on your new adventure.  Love, Light and Blessings.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, the pricing is in American currency.  Really Ios is a bargain when you compare it to some of the more popular Cyclade islands like Mykonos or Santorini.  Thanks for taking the time to leave me some comments.  I am glad you enjoyed your visit to beach travel destinations.com

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  6. jyongwa

    Hello Leahrae, 
    Thank you for your review on the Ios Beaches! Just by reading your article, it made me search up pictures and videos of this beautiful island! I really did appreciate you including a video into your article, because the video really bring your words to life on how pretty this destination is. I also have to say that you have done a great job in providing an insightful information on all the recommended beaches (you even mentioned about the crowd times). This will definitely help those people to plan out what time or when to actually visit these hot spots. Another element that I like about your article, is that you even included the recommended restaurants and also hotels in Ios. It makes this article into a one-stop website where your readers can gather their information in one site. Great job done and keep it up. Stay safe! 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you!  Yes, I am hoping for it to be a one stop shop.  Plan and go 🙂  Once all this Covid-19 is over I will be 🙂  Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate you taking the time to leave comments as well.

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  7. Kelly Menster

    Oooh loving your website so much! As a travel blogger and travel lover myself, I really appreciate your website and content 🙂 Could really do with being on a beach right now, the first place I’m going to go after COVID-19 settles down!

    I have never actually heard of the island of Ios, oops.. My partner and I haven’t actually explored much of Greece just yet, only having visited Malia back in the partying days haha!

    After our trip to Canada we will definitely need our fix of heat and sunshine, so will definitely be checking out Greece. We’ve always wanted to go to Santorini!

    Thank you for this amazing inspiration.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Your welcome Kelly.  Boy, I lived in Alaska for 22 years, and still don’t find a need to go there or Canada lol.  They are beautiful states, I am just more of a beach bum.  Ios is great for peace and tranquillity, as well as amazing beaches.  I think you’ll find it a good heat fix after Canada.

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  8. Patrick

    Greetings!  I imagine this current crisis is really having a negative impact on the travel industry.  I am looking forward to being able to visit Greece.  The closest I have been was when our ship had leave in Naples Italy.  I see the best times to visit are May – September.  That is really going to be tough to sell while the world is currently closed… pretty much a knockout punch to traveling no?  I appreciate your sharing this.. Right now… unfortunately .. we are not supposed to leave our homes except for essential travel..and even our dog parks are closed.  Looking forward to happier days and visiting Greece!  Looks so Beautiful and inviting!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, it is the same here.  But always nice to dream and plan our vacation ahead of time.  I know I already know exactly where I am going once this is all over with.  I live on the beach, so it is not so bad for me as they are now open again thankfully.  Thanks for stopping by Beach Travel Destinations Patrick.

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  9. Fredrik

    Nice topic.

    I like the pictures and the text is really easy to read when it comes in small portions at the time.

    I have never been to Ios, but I have been ti Crete and that was also really nice even if we where there the last week of the season.

    I see you have some hotels there on the page. How is the pricing on Ios?   

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      The pricing is much better than if you were to head to some of the other islands like Mykonos or Santorini.  Those two in particular are going to be much more expensive making Ios seem like a bargain as far as the Cyclades go.  You can choose a hotel, plug in your dates and find out exactly what the pricing will be for your hotel accommodations.  It really depends on what time of year you want to travel there.

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  10. Nimrodngy

    I was a few summers ago now in Kalamos Beach and I want to say that I really liked it.
    When it comes to holidays or summer holidays, Greece is always on the first place on my list. Here I really like the beaches full of clean sand and very blue water. The Mediterranean shows its beauty every summer here in Greece.
    Another advantage is the food which is very cheap and very tasty. I much prefer to eat Gyros and drink Rachi.
    When we leave the holiday we always do it with a gift and obviously olive oil. Thank you very much and I hope that this year I will get to Greece.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you for taking the time to comment on your experiences in Ios Greece.  I am glad you enjoyed your visit to beach travel destinations.

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  11. mahadihassan1

    First of all, I want to say that thank you very much for publishing this type of post. You have shared some pictures of los island Greece. I have checked your article and I have gathered some information about island beach. My brother lives in Greece, definitely, i will share this article with my brother. Obviously, he will share his experience with you very soon.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great!  I will be interested to know how much he loves Ios.  You need to head there too 🙂  I know that you would have a wonderful time!  Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. Sumaiya Ismail

    thank you for sharing this article. in this pandemic situation of the whole world i really need a break and go for travelling. when it comes to travelling beach is my most favorite.  this is why i was searching for beaches and hotels for my next holiday vacation. all the beaches described here are different from one another. i loved how nicely you detailed all the beaches in one article. i would like to give a thanks again for mentioning all the hotels and giving the links of viewing it too.hope to visit my favorite beach soon.

    i will surely share this article to my social media account so that others can know about these reviews and be benefited on their next travelling.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much and I am glad you enjoyed your visit to my Ios Island Greece guide.  Glad I could help in your travel planning 🙂

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  13. Riley

    Before this whole virus thing descended upon us in the world, I had already planned that I should be in that country in a couple of weeks but now my plan has been dismantled but now reading about this beautiful island has given me a kind of ray of hope that I can still see this beautiful place in Greece. I am happy I read this post. I will make sure I check in here.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, I think it ruined vacation plans for a LOT of people including me.  All our beaches have been closed for about a month now.  I know I can’t wait till this is all over so I can get busy planning my next vacation.  Hopefully soon!  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  14. Shanta Rahman

    Thank you so much for giving us this wonderful article. Your article is really very informative and I have gained a lot of knowledge which is very helpful to me .I’m a traveler. So your article is very good news for me. I went to Greece a while ago to spend my vacation and the weather was perfect for me.As well as the traditional cities, beaches, restaurants, food here has fascinated me, and travel guides have helped me tremendously, especially in terms of financial transactions and linguistic expression. All in all, I had a wonderful vacation and put your article in my collection for future travel. 

    I will definitely be delivering your article to my friends and sharing their new sentiments with you soon .Can I share your article on my social media?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Shanta, I appreciate you sharing my website with others.  Thanks for visiting my Ios Island Greece guide.

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  15. Shamiimbd

    First of all, thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful and informative article.

    I am a travel lover. I travel around the world in almost every country on time. I had been thinking for some days to travel an Island I had no idea where to go on. That’s why I was looking for an article about a beautiful island for a long time. After reading your article I knew Ios Island Greece. .Now I have decided to travel to Ios Island Greece. Many thanks to the author of the article for his article I have benefited greatly by reading this. I will definitely share with you later what my travel experience will be like.

    Once again, Thanks again for sharing this informative post. I will share the post with others. 😊

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome, and thank you for visiting beach travel destinations and taking the time to leave me comments.

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  16. Md. Asraful Islam

    Thank you so much for sharing with us an interesting and research article. The main subject of this article is Ios Island Greece. It is truly commendable that you have demonstrated this topic so well in your article. I have learned a lot by reading your article and gained a lot of cognition about it. Of the points mentioned in your article, I like Mylopotas Beach. Last year I took my wife to Honeymoon on the los island of Greece. While there, we both enjoyed this Mylopotas Beach scenery. Anyone who wants to come to Mylopotas Beach can visit, which is fantastic.
    Finally, I enjoyed reading your article and I’d like to share your article in my Facebook group if you give me permission.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes please do share and I am glad you enjoyed reading and sounds like you had a wonderful honeymoon!

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