History Of Ios

Since the early Cycladic period, humans have made Ios home. There have been clues to the inhabitants of Ios unearthed and in plain view for anyone to see for centuries, but as of late, conservation efforts have been recognized. Buildings, sewage systems, paved floors, tools and utensils have been well preserved from Sharkos hill on the island, leading to clues into the the prehistoric era inhabitants’ lives.

iosThe great poet Homer was buried on the island, the birthplace of his mother Klymeni. Ios has survived through the Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods where it was under the rule successively of the Macedonians, Romans, Christians, and Franks. During the Venetian period, the Crispi family occupied the island, only later to have the Turks take control.

The Greek war of independence was fought in 1821, when the Greeks sided with the Russians to fight the Turks. This resulted in the ultimate liberation of Greece and formed the Greek State in 1829.


Ios is one of the Greek islands in the Cyclades islands. The Cyclades, one of thousands of island groups, are in the Aegean Sea Archipelago. It is situated between the islands of Naxos and Santorini, taking up roughly eleven miles of land.

Because it is also near Folegandros, travelers to Ios find it pleasurable to island hop.


With a Mediterranean climate, Ios has nice sunny summers with warmth and average temperatures ranging from the low seventies up to the low eighties. With almost no rain in the summertime, the climate stays arid and quite windy. This helps to maintain the rocky, dry terrain, not populated by villages.

Ios has a mild rainy winter with average temperatures ranging from the mid forties to the mid fifties, Fahrenheit. It gets the bulk of its rain from December to March. Most of the island is hills, with the highest point being 2,333 feet. The outer beaches are world class with white sand and emerald green waters.


From June to mid September is the best time to visit Ios. The temperature is perfect for the beaches during the day, and the breezy evenings for nightlife in the village of Chora. This is one of the most picturesque villages in the world, with white stucco walls all throughout, archways and ambling streets. There are no cars, as there are only pathways to walk throughout the village.

Chora is only a good twenty minutes walk from the town port. While there, you will see museums, cathedrals, restaurants, and breathtaking views of the sea. One noteworthy attraction is the view from the highest spot on the island, Panaghia Gremiotissa.

The outdoor amphitheater Odysseas Elytis offers plays in the summertime. The whitewashed walls and windmills are also a beautiful reminder that you are in a special place that has managed to preserve its ancient culture.

Some of the best nightclubs in the area and youthful nightlife can be found in Chora, as well as the Mylopotas beach. Most nights the beach is alive with music, dancing and beach bars full of tourists.

Some of the most iconic photographs ever taken from Greece have emanated from the hills of Ios. It is certainly an island with a rich history, a beautiful culture and views of the Aegean Sea which most people find stunning.