The most important landmarks of Ios Island are predominantly historical. Ios is located between Santorini island , Sikinos and Naxos. It is known as a "party island" because of the many nightclubs and bars that operate in its capital during the summer, and this is unusual for a small and not inhabited island such as Ios.
Because of this, visitors are mostly young people. The coastline of this island, with its predominantly mountainous relief, olive trees, vine and fresh air, is decorated with small attractive coves. They, on the other hand, are characterized by crystal clear water, excellent sandy beaches and an improved tourist base, as Ios (Nyos known among the locals) becomes a popular destination with an intense nightlife.
The history of the island dates back to prehistoric times. According to Herodotus, poet poet, the goddess Homer was buried at Plakátos, in the northern part of the island. Pavsania tells about the inscriptions in Delphi, which confirm the presence of the poet on the island of Ios, where his mother Klimeni's home was.
Above the beautiful port, where anchor fishing boats and yachts were laid, lies the capital Ormos or Hora. The city rises on an ancient settlement of the same name and is typical of the Cyclades architecture, whitewashed houses, narrow alleys and chapels.
The other settlements - Milopotas, Manganaris and Agia Theodoti, are summer resorts with hotels, taverns and cafes. Among the churches are those of St. Catherine, St. John the Baptist, St. Kozma and Damian. This beautiful landscape is surrounded by remnants of a medieval castle (built by M. Crisppi) and a row of windmills.
Like the other Cyclades, Ios has a typical architecture with white houses, labyrinthlike streets and many churches. Local residents say the island has a total of 365 churches and chapels, one for each day of the year.
The landmarks of Ios include the Hellenistic Tower and remains of an ancient aqueduct at Aya Theodoti, traces of an ancient temple at Psathi, ruins of a Venetian castle at Paleokastro and a Hellenistic tower at Plakátos, which we have already mentioned.
The Archaeological and Folklore Museum in Hora and the Museum of Modern Art also deserve to be visited. The lovers of the sea will be fascinated by the excellent beaches of Ios, some of them more well-known (Mylopotas and Manganari) and other less popular and thus more relaxed (Aida Theodoti, Psathi, Kalamas, Plakes, Dzamaria, Others).