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Greek Islands: Ios

Thursday, August 19, 2010
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.

Related: romantic Greek islands


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.

Fares from:

  • Melbourne and Perth $1830
  • Adelaide $1883
  • Sydney $1902
  • Brisbane $1905

Sales, validity dates and conditions apply.

Prices correct at August 19, 2010.

For further information

Ph: 1300 303 777

Greece and Mediterranean Travel Centre
Suite 2, 644 Botany Road
Alexandria 2015
Ph: (02) 9313 4633 or 1300 661 666
Fax: (02) 9313 4475

Visas: Australian passport holders do not require a visa to enter Greece.

Electricity: 220V at 50Hz. Two- and three-point plugs are used.

Time zone: GMT +3.

Currency: The euro.

International dialling code: +30.

Travellers should be "in date" for the standard Australia and New Zealand immunisation schedules. Depending on the time of year of travel and exact destination, other health precautions and preventions may be recommended and are best discussed with your doctor. For further information, visit

User comments
What a fabulous surprise while watching the Ios special my son who had been staying at Ios did a cameo walkthrough on camera around the pool. Had not seen him for several months - made my day! Many thanks.
I have to say that the report on Ios was by far the worst thing I have ever seen in my life. I have been going to that amazing island for 5 years now, and i was never under the impression that it is only a party island. For sure, young people are amazed from the party in far out, but there is so much more to the island than this!!!! Beautiful beaches, fantastic restaurants with such nice food and drinks, bars where you can really have a nice night out, and people that you can meat from all different sides of the world!!! i feel sorry for this guy that didn't manage to see how truly beautiful Ios is....
I did enjoy the 2 part special on the Greek Islands. But I too believe there is more to the islands shown then just partying (a valid part of holidaying). It is a country steeped in history with lots more to see and do. I also believe it is one sided showing the typical tourist locales. What about all the other parts of Greece e.g. Ioanian Islands. Your snippets on Corfu and Lefkatha do not do them justice. I have never seen a report on Kefalonia or Zanthe and the other little islands that dot the Ioanin Sea. How about giving them some air time? These are Islands of beauty and lush greenery. Also, please stop showing stereotypical greek characters such as the man with the moustache on Mykonos. As a European culture it has evolved beyond that.
The report on Ios in the Greek Isles was possibly the worst l've ever seen. One dimensional,uninformed and he even managed to mispronounce the famous Mylopotas beach. He didn't venture into the township with it's award winning restaurants, eclectic mix of bars or the real centre of night life...the village square. He missed Homers tomb, Manganari beach where 'the big blue' was filmed (possibly the best beach out of many spectacular beaches on Ios..The people of Ios are so sick of seeing their Island portrayed this way by reporters who dont take the time to really see what it's all about. As the the other reports he put in...also very flimsy on fact and repeated mistakes...where did he get his info???? What a let down!
Your piece on the Greek Islands was great and informative. It makes me want to travel to that beautiful country. However there are only so many druken parties you can show before it turns into an exercise in watching self indulgent, sex charged drunk men and women of our future. It could have been done more tastefully.

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