The Cycladic island of Ios is a rocky, mountainous environment of winding roads sometimes blocked by herds of bleating goats and sleepy villages hugging cerulean coastlines. In the 1960s, backpackers discovered the nearly untouched island and it became known as a hippie haven, hosting all-night beach parties, with a handful of cheap bars operating in the Chora (main town). A few decades later, nearby Santorini and Mykonos began to outshine their neighbor, attracting hordes of tourists each summer and investing in new developments. Meanwhile, Ios only got electricity across the entire island in the 1970s and most residents here are goat herders or farmers. Today, Mykonos has taken the nightlife crown and both it and Santorini have become severely over-touristed. Ios on the other hand, remains a quiet, mostly undeveloped paradise.
In recent years, Ios is shedding its old reputation and has been slowly—but carefully—reinventing itself with impressive food offerings, varied and thoughtful accommodation offerings, and artistic endeavors, while making sure to preserve its pristine beaches and natural beauty. Ios may just be a 45-minute ferry ride away from Santorini, but it's worlds away in terms of looks, vibes, culture, and nearly everything else. Ios is all too aware of Santorini’s over-developed status and speaking to any local reveals how they view that island as a cautionary tale—and want more than anything to avoid its fate. Read on for how to make the most of this Greek island that’s undergoing a mindful makeover.
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Direct flights to Crete, Mykonos, or Santorini depart from various cities large and small around Europe. Or, you can fly to Athens first—there are direct flights from New York City and other large cities in the US and Europe—then take a short flight to Mykonos, or Santorini. From there, it’s between 1.5 and 2 hours on a ferry from Mykonos, or between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours from Santorini. Fast Ferries is a good company to look at, but there are several to choose from that run frequently in high season. There is no airport on Ios—one of the reasons it has been protected from crowds over the years.
Mylopotas Beach is one of the most famous beaches on Ios for parties and amenities
The beaches of Ios are some of the best of the Cycladic islands. The most famous is Mylopotas, and it’s not too far from the port and Chora, making it the most accessible option. This is where parties still take place at night in summer, and there’s also the most restaurants and beach bars. For something a bit quieter, but that still has
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