Ios

Ios

Ios is a hilly island, largely fringed by cliffs, roughly half-way between Paros and Santorini.

Ios is a hilly island, largely fringed by cliffs, roughly half-way between Paros and Santorini.

Until quite recently its only source of income was agriculture on the terraced slopes of the Kato Kampos and its adjacent valleys, but during the last 25 years it has been a destination for a large number of backpackers / beach tourists.

The significant port of Ios – with the conspicuous white-domed Church of Aghia Irini (17th c.) inviting yachts from above – lies in a sheltered bay on the west coast of the island.

One kilometre over the fertile Kato Kampos valley, picturesquely situated on the hillside, lies the central place on the island, Ios. Its white Cycladic houses and 20 or so churches and chapels are enclosed within a dilapidated circuit of medieval walls. On the hill above the village stand a couple of typical windmills.

Ports & Anchorages

  • Ios is a hilly island, largely fringed by cliffs, roughly half-way between Paros and Santorini. Tris Klisies bay is one of the highlights of the Cyclades. Great snorkeling and fishing; seabed is sand / weed / rock, make sure the anchor is holding, During Meltemi conditions consider moving to Manganari bay. Fortunately, since 2019 an opposition has formed to campaign for the preservation of the natural beauty of the bay. As for now, it remains an engaging anchorage where sailing yachts and supporters are very welcoming.
  • The sheltered and shallower   bay of Manganari is more frequented. On the east shore some holiday villas, a bar and a taverna offer a livelier but still very attractive venue. Sun bathing tourists – including nudists – will arrive through land or via tripper boat.
  • Trypiti bay is virtually unknown to the sailing community, yet there is adequate shelter in strong northerlies in a quite spectacular setting.