The Cycladic island of IOS is teeming with enchanting, whitewashed villages full of steps and alleys, small courtyards where red geraniums and bouganvillia grow. Windmills dot the island as do churches and chapels (Ios claims to have 365, scattered across the island). The island diffuses itself into sparsely inhabited valleys and rocky hillsides. which in turn lead down to sandy beaches. Some of the beaches are developed like Mylopotas near Hora, but most are not.
Tourism provides nearly all of the islands employment. Not much agriculture - there is some livestock, barley, bee-keeping and cheese-making. Only a handful of fishing boats lie in the Harbour.
And also it is the "Island of Homer". Legend has it that Homer died on Ios and his grave exists in the area called Plakotos.