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IOSisland

Population: 1,838
Width: 18 km
Length: 10 km

The movie "Ginger and Cinnamon" has been filmed in Ios as well as some scenes for "The Big Blue"

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Avra Pension is located at the peaceful port of Ios Island, the area called Yalos and it is built next to a quiet little street, just a few meters away from the yachting marina and the harbor’s main square. This uniquely shaped natural port is considered as a “little Malta”, since it is distinguished for its natural narrow bay. It is an idyllic and picturesque place with numerous little stores, such as cafes, restaurants and taverns, markets, travel agencies, car and motorbike rental agencies, boutiques as well as souvenir shops. Arriving to the port, when you are still on board, an 18th century, impressive and recently restored lighthouse, nestled on your left, invites you with a welcoming gesture to experience the undisclosed secrets of Ios Island, while on your right, the 17th century white- snow church lies on the edge of the rocks, dominating your sight and promising unforgettable experiences for the forthcoming days.

Which beaches should we go to, close to Avra Pension?

For a wonderful swimming day, visit in 10 minutes walking distance Yalos beach. It is a sandy, Blue Flag beach fully facilitated with many restaurant and water sports services available. Moreover, in Yalos bay and in short distance from our hotel we would recommend the calm Jamaria beach as well as Koumbara Blue Flag beach, while for those who love the tranquility we suggest Valmas beach.

Why should we stay in Yalos, while visiting Ios Island?

Yalos area is the best choice for your stay, since it is the most peaceful village on the island, while at the same time really close to the vibrant centre of Chora village with cosmopolitan nightlife and constantly partying atmosphere.

Choosing Yalos village, you could easily have a pleasant walk, just a few steps away from Avra Pension, at the marina busy pedestrian right next to the yachts and the little boats or chill out at any of the famous restaurants, fish taverns, cafes, and gelaterias, enjoying the sea view or the sunset.

Moreover, the strongest advantage of our hotel is that it is right next to all the island’s transportation means main stops. In 50m. distance you can reach main bus/ coach station, boat/ ferry departure dock and taxi/ cab stand. That is to say, you can immediately depart:

•    by bus to Chora village and all main beaches, such as Mylopotas beach and Koumbara beach
•    by boat to the world famous Manganari beach, Pikri Nero beach and for day trips to the islands of Sikinos, Folegandros and Santorini
•    by coach to the beaches of Manganari, Santa Theodoti  and Psathi
•    by taxi to all the destinations
•    while you can always rent a car or a motorbike from the next door agencies.

Alternatively, you can avoid taking any means of transportation and walk through the pedestrian, enjoying the unique view of the island’s bay up to the main village- Chora in only 15 minutes distance.  
 

The distances from Avra Pension in a glance:

•    Yachting marina, Yalos centre: 50m.
•    Port main square, all the means of transportation main stops: 50m.
•    Ferry pier: 200m.
•    Ios hospital: 250m.
•    Yalos beach: 200m.
•    Koumbara beach: 1, 5 km.
•    Chora village: 2 km.
•    Mylopotas beach: 5 km.
•    Santa Theodoti beach: 12 km.
•    Plakoto beach- Homer’s Tomb: 13 km.
•    Kalamos beach: 16 km.
•    Psathi beach: 20 km.
•    Manganari beach: 23 km.