Located in the Cycladic Islands, Ios has the wildest nightlife out of all the Greek islands. It is the summer party island where days are spent hungover on the beach and nights spent eating cheap food and drinking until the comes up. While there’s a lot to do on the island if you don’t want to party, it always seems like 95% of people come here to party (and the average age is 22). If you don’t want to do that but still want to see Ios, it’s best to go to the eastern part of the island where it’s quieter and more relaxed. But don’t let Ios’ party reputation deter you from visiting – it’s a beautiful island and only busy June-August!
Top 5 Things to See and Do in Ios
1. Mylopotas Beach
3. Find privacy at Maganari Beach
4. Take an ATV to Homer’s Tomb
5. Explore Paleokastro
Other Things to See and Do
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1. Visit the Archeological Museum
It’s always good to get the history of a place and this museum lets you do that. The museum is pretty small but it’s informative. It’s closed often so you might have to ask around as to when it will open. Admission is 4 EUR and it’s open Tuesday and Friday-Sunday from 8am-5pm with extended hours and more days of operation in the summer.
2. Do some water sports
You can scuba dive, rent a banana boat, or take a boating trip around the island. Most of the activities are booked from Mylopotas Beach.
3. Eat on the harbor
If you are looking for good seafood, Ios has it. Seafood here is cheaper than most other islands in the region so it’s better to get your fix here if you can. Eating down by the harbor also affords you stunning sunset views. I try to eat here once or twice while on the island.
4. Shop in Chora
The main town is a great place to do some shopping. You can find a good selection of clothes and gifts that are a lot cheaper than on Santorini and Mykonos.
5. Explore Skarkos
This is pretty much the only archaeological site on the island. It is exceptionally well-preserved and features some really amazing architecture dating back to the Cycladic period. There is a great collection of old utensils made from stone, metal and bone to see, as well as some old pottery and tools.