The last of the Greek Islands on Jason Dundas' journey is Ios, another of the Cyclades Islands. Known as the party island, Ios has been trying to reinvent itself as having more than fun to offer, but it is still the island young travellers and backpackers head to.
For those not just wanting nightlife, Ios has 75km of white sandy beaches, archaeological sites and beautiful architecture, so while the party animals are sleeping during the day there's plenty of scope for exploring. Yialos is the place to escape crowds in the evening.
Ios has three centres: the port Ormos, the capital Chora and Mylopotas Beach, voted one of the top 10 in Europe.
Chora is Ios' only real village. It's like an amphitheatre in the slopes of a hill. It's quite peaceful and has excellent restaurants and good shopping. Locals gather in cafes or play backgammon in the square.
At night it's a different story. Bars and restaurants lined up and down the three squares come to life and all of a sudden it's jam-packed. People of every imaginable nationality are out looking for a good time at clubs such as Disco 69, Red Bull, Shooter, Superfly, Shamrock and Slammer Bar. Each has its own music style and it's all loud and pumping.
Ios Palace Hotel
All budgets are catered for on Ios and Jason holed-up at the four-star Ios Palace. It has eight types of rooms and stunning views across blue water, Mylopotas Beach and mountains.
Relax in Tomatini restaurant and enjoy a cocktail at Margarita Bar. They serve a mean American buffet breakfast, and there are three pools and spa and fitness centres.
Ios seems to have every cuisine covered: Thai, Italian, Chinese and of course Greek specialties. At Mylopatas Beach they cater for the fun crowd and early morning breakfast starts at 3pm.
Jason water-skied off Mylopatas' kilometre of beach. If you go early you will have it pretty much to yourself. There are three hire areas along the beach where you can hire equipment for summer sports.
Windsurfing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, barefoot, banana and tube rides are on offer as well as sailing, kite surfing, pedal boating or canoeing. If you are in recovery from the previous night's activities and just want to lie on the beach, chairs and umbrellas are for hire.
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Ios, two hours by ferry from Santorini.
Greece and Mediterranean Travel Centre has nine-day island-hopping programs visiting Mykonos, Ios and Santorini. They start at $647 per person twin share and include accommodation, breakfast each day and ferry tickets.
Emirates has flights to Athens.
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