The 9 Best Things to Do in Ios, Greece

December 1, 2017 Nicolette Lion

Ios embodies that classic Greek island ambiance—hillside clusters of blue-roofed white buildings, an amphitheater, golden beaches that spill into the sapphire sea. The spindly windmills of Ios are like something from a storybook, and a visit to the Tomb of Homer (yep, that Homer) is an exercise in awed contemplation. When the sun goes down, party it up at one of Ios’ many electrifying nightspots. Favorites are Astra Cocktail Bar and the (kind of insane) alt-rock scene, The Orange Bar.
Restaurants in Ios

1. Manganari Beach

Manganari, Greece
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 900 reviews

Manganari Beach

Reviewed By NTP53 - Coventry, United Kingdom

Caught the local bus from the port to Manganari beach. 7 euros each way takes about 50 minutes. Great beach with sunbeds for 2 euros. Lovely place to swim in fairly warm sea water. Waiter service from the taverna for drinks. A must place to visit.

2. Mylopotas Beach

Greece
Excellent
59%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 778 reviews

Mylopotas Beach

A peaceful, clothing-optional beach, great for swimming and sunbathing.

Reviewed By yogaboy1 - london

A beautiful large bay of fine golden sand . Clear blue water and some nice cafe's bars and restaurants. Everything we wished for with a great vibe. We were late in the season so I am sure it is much busier in peak season. We will be back, just loved it here.

3. Ag. Theodoti Beach

Ag. Theodoti Beach, 840 01, Greece
Excellent
59%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 209 reviews

Ag. Theodoti Beach

Reviewed By Jan179 - Solihull, United Kingdom

Good road access from Chora but very few people get this far. This beach is exposed to the weather and also little shade. No amenities. There is a beach club with cafe half way up the hill but pass this by and visit the lovely family taverna a bit higher up for refreshment and wc.

4. Koumbara Beach

Koumpara 84001, Greece
Excellent
46%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 80 reviews

Koumbara Beach

Reviewed By ayse583 - Geneva, Switzerland

We have visited this tavern 2 times during our visit to Ios island. First visit was for dinner. We have tried every Greek meze together with Ouzo and it was very delicious. The tavern is very clean and the owner is very friendly. They give good advice and recommendations.
second time was during day time as they have a very nice small beach in front of them with comfortable beach beds and umbrellas. You could swim, sun tan, order drinks or go to the tavern itself to have lunch. You could stay until beautiful sunset.

5. Gialos Beach

Chora, Greece
Excellent
49%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 51 reviews

Gialos Beach

Reviewed By Homer871 - Athens

Very nice soft sand beach for relaxing with family and friends. Walking distance from the port. Waters are very clean. There are some bars behind the beach for drinks and snacks Some parts of the beach are organised with umbrellas and sand beds

6. La Tomba di Omero

Plakotos, Greece
Excellent
23%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
10%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 212 reviews

La Tomba di Omero

Reviewed By mikeygelo - Sydney, Australia

Going here is the fun part, highly recommend hiring a quad bike and going on a adventure.
Doesn't matter if you get lost, there is something nice to see at the end of every road on IOS.
That said, the tomb itself is questionable, but can't argue that it's a amazing view.
We went June and has the road pretty much to ourself, but beware of giant crazy flying bugs and bees. These things must be on steroids and they had the aggressive attitude to match !!!

7. Panagia Gremiotissa Church

Chora 840 01, Greece
Excellent
89%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 9 reviews

Panagia Gremiotissa Church

Reviewed By dorothykontonikou - Athens

Though it looks and it is high on the heel, the access is relatively easy and worth the 10-15 min walk. The sunset view is amazing and you have a great view of the Chora and the suburb around.

8. Papa Beach

Greece
Excellent
70%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
10%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Papa Beach

Reviewed By alanb17 - Nottingham

Stunning beach that can only be reached by boat unless you have the key to get through the gate. We visited by boat as guests at the Agalia Luxury Suites and we were amazed at the facilities available there. A secluded bay hidden away and shielded from the winds that can be strong around Ios. Water may not be suitable for young families as it gets deep a short distance from the shore.

9. Chora Museum, Ios

Main street, Chora town, Chora, Greece
Excellent
21%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 28 reviews

Chora Museum, Ios

Reviewed By Anastasios M - London, United Kingdom

The Museum in euros it was very basic. We would have expected to see more about the island and then maybe the curation of the museum could have been organise in a more creative and inspiring way. However it is good to see that at least there is a museum .

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