About Ios island

Ios is a small Greek island in the Cyclades group. There is no airport on Ios so to get there you’ll have to fly into Santorini and then get the ferry or hydrofoil to the island. There are ferries from other islands and the main land but they’ll take a lot longer to get to Ios, especially if they make a few stops along the way, Santorini is your best bet. Ferries from the main land take around 5-7 hours, ferries from Mykonos take about 2 hours and ferries from Santorini take under an hour.

Although Ios is a small island, there are still plenty of beaches. Some beaches are busy with music playing out and some quieter and more relaxing. Although Ios doesn’t offer the amount of sight seeing as an island like Rhodes or Corfu it does have a couple of museums, churches a castle and the old windmills to keep you busy if that’s your thing, most of the sights are located in the main town of Chora.

Ios has a reputation as a party island. In the peak summer months it is filled with young people out drinking, dancing and enjoying the summer nights, there is a bar street that has a lot of great bars but there are also quieter areas of the island if you don’t want that type of holiday.

Take a look through the tabs above to see what else this fantastic island has to offer.

Current Weather in Ios
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humidity: 54%
wind: 8m/s NNW
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Weather from OpenWeatherMap

Above is the current weather in Ios, and below is our Ios climate info graphs. They should give you a good idea of what the weather will be like when you are planning your trip to this gorgeous Greek island. You can see average high temperature, average low temperature as well as the average sea temperature and the rain fall per month as well.

Best Time to visit Ios

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.

There are 5 main resorts on Ios with Chora being the capital of the island, Mylopotas is the biggest beach resort and Yialos is a village built around the port.
To find out more about the individual resorts then click on the button below to be taken to the full Ios resort guide.
Ios Resort Guide
For such a small island Ios has a good choice of beaches, many of them with soft golden sand and beautiful clean waters. From the most popular Yialos or Mylopotas to the more secluded Kalamos you are sure to find a gorgeous piece of coastline to suit your taste.
Click the button below to go to our complete Ios beach guide, once there you’ll be given a list of over 20 beaches, you can then use the filters to find which beaches suit your preferences and find the perfect ones to visit on your trip.
Ios Beach Guide
Although there’s not a huge amount of sight seeing attractions on Ios there are a few, most of them in and around Chora with the exceptions being Homers Tomb in the north and Paleokastro to the east. Also recommended are the windmills above Chora, the ones that have been restored have been done really well and the views from up there are spectacular.
To find out more about the specific attractions, their locations and see photos where available, click on the button below to go to the full Ios sight seeing guide.

Ios Sight Seeing Guide

Ios is often referred to as the party island and that’s largely because in mid June until late August the beaches and clubs are full of revellers, if spending the day on the beach nursing a hangover and partying the night away in a club until the sun comes up is your thing then Ios is the place for you.

If you’d still like to visit Ios but are not into clubs then go in May or September and you should be fine. If you have to go in the peak season then you could also stay somewhere other than Chora which would get you away from the crowds, otherwise get your glow sticks ready, chuck on your little black dress and get out there to make some bad decisions and have a good time.

  • Windmills Ios
    Windmills Ios
  • Manganari Beach Ios
    Manganari Beach Ios
  • Diamoudia Beach Ios
    Diamoudia Beach Ios
  • Mylopotas Ios
    Mylopotas Ios
  • Mylopotas Beach Ios
    Mylopotas Beach Ios
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  • Manganari Ios
    Manganari Ios
  • Kalamos Beach Ios
    Kalamos Beach Ios
  • Koumbara Beach Ios
    Koumbara Beach Ios
  • Odysseas Elytis Theatre Ios
    Odysseas Elytis Theatre Ios
  • Agios Theodoti Beach Ios
    Agios Theodoti Beach Ios

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