Favorite thing: A chapel of amazing beauty, and the first thing you see as you enter the Harbour, AGIA IRINI was built in the 17th century. It's a peculiar structure with two altars, one older that the other. Supposedly used by the Orthodox and later, the Catholic Church.
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.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Our fourth Port of Call
Located in the South Cyclades, 113 nautical miles from Piraeus, IOS (108 sq. km.) is blessed with countless chapels, olive trees, vineyards, small attractive coves, crystal clear sea and superb sandy beaches.
The island's history goes back to prehistoric times. According to legend, Homer was buried at Plakatos in the north of the island. The sites of Ios include a Hellenistic tower at Plakatos, the remains of an ancient aquaduct at Agia Theodoti and traces of an ancient temple at Psathi.
Ios can be reached by ferry boat.
Favorite thing: One of the biggest natural harbours in the Aegean, is the Port town of YIALOS. To the left side of the Port stands St. Irini - Agia Irini - a chapel of amazing beauty, built in the 17th century. Cool yourself at the beach of Gialos to the right of the port, where you will also find many restaurants, bars and cafe's. The ferries make frequent stops here.
Favorite thing: Ios Town is a small place around 3km away from the harbour. For backpackers, this Island is really famous for it's nightlife. In contrast to the nightlife, there are small churches almost everywhere.