With a population of 1900 people, Ios island belongs to Cyclades group of islands in Greece. In Ios you can spend days exploring the winding footpaths of the traditional hilltop old town or ensconced on a sandy beach. Discover the isolated interior and then return to town in time for the party. Or visit in the shoulder season for a quieter pace, when Ios draws families and more mature travelers. Though not terribly different – geographically or architecturally – from its immediate neighbours, no other island attracts the same vast crowds of young people as Ios.
The only real villages – Yialos, Hora and Mylopotos – are clustered in a western corner of the island, and development elsewhere is restricted by poor roads. As a result there are still some very quiet beaches. Yialós itself has one of the best and safest natural harbors in the Cyclades.
Ios town or as the locals called it “village”, a twenty-minute walk up behind the port, is one of the more accessible picturesque towns in the Cyclades, filled with meandering arcaded lanes and whitewashed chapels, though it’s pretty lively when the younger crowd moves in for the high season, Ios ’ four main centers sit nearly on top of one another on the west coast. Ios is not the most favorable island in Cyclades group of islands as it is overrun by tourists making the island very loud and aggressive.
Ios is about 10 miles southernwest far from Iraklia island and 10 miles east from Sikinos island. The specific geographic coordinates of Ios are 38°24’00.0″N 26°01’00.0″E in Aegean Sea.
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