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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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1. Omiria- Homer Festival

Homer festival is the greatest cultural event on the island and takes place every summer in honour of the great epic poet Homer, whose tomb is the pride of Ios. In the line Homer festival has been presented numerous concerts and theatrical performances mainly at open air theatre of Odyseas Elytis. Moreover the festival offers chance for artistic expression to the island’s youngsters through athletic or cultural proceedings that are being presented during May every year, performed by students of all ages. Important aspect for the festival has been its worldwide recognition due to the fact that, since 1998, Homer Festival is being held under the auspices of UNESCO, thanks to its role in conservation of Greek national and cultural identity.

2. Religious Fests

The religious fests taking place in Ios with folklore live music performances and traditional customs as well as local tastes are:

  • The Saint Ioanis Festival in Kalamos and Psathi monasteries, that taking place annually in 28th- 29th of August, devoted to Saint Ioannis.
  • The Festivals of Saint Theodoti and Paleokastro, taking place in parallel in 7th- 8th of September, devoted to Virgin Mary.
  • The Festival of Pyrgos that takes place in 23rd- 24th of June, devoted to Saint Ioannis.
3. Top 10 beaches that you shouldn’t miss

Numerous choices with crystal clear waters, vivacious seabed and gold sanded beaches either fully facilitated or peaceful and isolated, whether they are accessible by car, motorcycle or boat, or ideal for hiking. An island surrounded by raw diamonds ready to be discovered and let you lose yourself into the paradise they hide.

Top 10 beaches are:

•    Manganari
•    Saint Theodoti
•    Milopotas
•    Kalamos
•    Tris Klisies
•    Yalos
•    Tzamaria
•    Koumbara
•    Plakes
•    Psathi

4. Traditional products

Procure the tasteful products of the island by the local shops. Ios is famous for its cheese, honey and food flavors.

5. Trekking in Ios Island

Thanks to the mountainous morphology of the ground, Ios Island is an ideal place for hiking. Several mountainous pathways offer a great opportunity to visitors to walk through places of unique beauty and enjoy the view of the Aegean Sea as well as the surrounding islands.

Tip, worth to be mentioned:
The University of Aegean has published a study about Ios island pathways which visitors can get from the offices of the Municipality of Iites in order to start off their adventures all around the island. (Information: Municipality of Iites, tel: 22860 91505).

6. Biking through unexpected landscapes in Ios Island

Due to its ground morphology, Ios island is an ideal destination for mountain biking. Visitors can explore hills, mountains and plateaus by bike following dirt roads or pathways, discovering amazing landscapes and places of unique beauty always combined with unique experiences, full of the extraordinary freedom feeling that cycling can offer. Don’t forget that on Ios you can always have the opportunity to rent a bike (Antonis Araouzos, tel: 22860 91403 & 92489).