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. Find all of your beach essentials here for your Ios Island Greece vacation. 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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