Athena Rooms, in Chora, at the start of the traditional pathway that leads to the island’s port, is within easy reach of all the cafés, restaurants and clubs, as our rooms are just 3 minutes from the center of Chora. The main bus station is also nearby, 150 meters away, so it is easy to reach every part of the island. Athena Rooms is a small family business with 13 rooms, where our helpful staff will be able to offer you further information and advice about the sights of the island.


Mylopotas: 1,5 Km
Ormos (Port): 2 km or 800 m from the traditional pathway
Koumbara: 3 Km
Agia Theodoti: 11 Km
Psathi: 21 Km
Manganari: 26 Km


Ios, is an island in the southern Aegean with an area of 108 square kilometers, 18 kilometers long and 9.5 kilometers across at the widest point. The coastline measures 86 kilometers, of which 32 kilometers are made up of sandy beaches.
The sky is clear for most of the year, with bright sunshine from March to September. It can often be windy; the Meltemi (the northerly wind), which begins to blow in August, means the island is perfect for windsurfing.
The town of Chora on Ios presents us with one of the most typical examples of Cycladic architecture. Narrow alleyways, whitewashed houses, blue window-frames, and windmills to the north-east. It is well-worth climbing to the church known as Panayia Gremiotisa, where the view is simply enchanting.
Still, apart from the architectural and cultural interest of the area, it should not be forgotten that holidays mean fun, and there is no better place for this than Chora, with its wide variety of nightlife catering for all tastes. Most of the island’s cafés, and almost all its bars and clubs, are to be found in Chora. Then, there is the main shopping area with its gift shops, boutiques and jewelers’, as well as a good number of restaurants and traditional tavernas.
The main town of the island is Chora, part of which can well be described as a traditional island town. Chora lies on the west coast of the island, on a hill 200 meters in height. At the top of the hill, we can see the small, picturesque church of Saint Nikolaos, while at its foot there stands one of the most beautiful and typical churches of the island, Panayia Gremiotisa. Hora provides a fine example of Cycladic architecture, with its small whitewashed, flat-roofed houses, with their blue doors and window-frames. The port of Ormos, the second largest settlement on the island, is notable for the brilliantly white church of Agias Irinis on the way into the village, as well as for Gialos beach.
Other villages on the island include Mylopotas, where we find the island’s largest and most famous beach, with the most highly-developed tourist facilities, and Manganari, which has one of the most beautiful beaches, while Psathi and and Agia Theodoti are very small seaside villages with marvelous beaches.
The Ios Archaeological Museum: The museum is to be found in the Chora area and is housed in
the same neoclassical building as the Ios Town Hall. There are exhibits from the island’s
prehistoric times (before 3000 BC) up to later antiquity (6thto 7th centuries AD). Opening hours:
08.30 – 15.00, closed Mondays and national holidays.
Skarkos Settlement: The settlement, something over one hectare in area, seems to have reached
its peak in the early Bronze Age (Early Cycladic period, 2700 – 2300 BC). It is located in the
Kambos area, and is one of the few Early Cycladic settlements to have been discovered and
preserved. Opening hours: 08.30 – 15.00, closed Mondays and national holidays.
The Odysseas Elytis Theater: The open-air theater is northwest of Chora on the hill beyond the
windmills. The view is magnificent. Various cultural events take place here in summer.
Mylopotas: the biggest beach on Ios, with the most highly-developed tourist facilities. It has been awarded the Blue Flag.
Gialos: this beach is situated next to the port of Ios, offering shallow water and fine sand: a Blue Flag beach.
Manganari: one of the island’s most beautiful beaches, with find pale sand and shallow water. Awarded the Blue Flag.
Agia Theodoti: a beach on the east coast of the island.
Psathi: a beach where the sea is generally rough.
Koumbara: a little beyond Gialos beach, a Blue Flag beach.
Tris Klisies: a notably beautiful beach, situated a little before Manganari. There is no access by road.
Generally speaking: there is a large number of unspoilt beaches on the island which it is easy for the visitor to get to.
By Sea:
You can get to Ios by boat from Piraeus and Rafina. By high-speed ferry, the journey time is 3.5 to 4.5
hours, while by conventional ferry-boat it takes 7 to 8.5 hours. Ios can also be reached by sea from other islands of the Cyclades or from Crete, in which case journey times depend on the ferry schedules.
By Air:
There is no airport on Ios, but it is served by the airport on Santorini, from which you can continue your journey by conventional ferry (about 1.5 hours) or by high-speed ferry (about 40 minutes).
Port Authority of Ios: +30 22860 91264
Port of Piraeus: +30 210 422-6000
Ferry Schedules (departures from Piraeus): +30 14944 or 14541
Athens Airport:+30 210 353-1000