Ios (Greek: Ίος, locally Νιός - Nios) is a Greek
island in the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea. Ios
is a hilly island with cliffs down to the sea on
most sides, situated halfway between Naxos and
Santorini. It is about 18 km (11 mi)
long and 10 km (6 mi) wide, with an area of
about 109 km² (42 mi²). Ios is part of the
Santorini peripheral unit. Ios was the setting
for the movie Ginger and Cinnamon (Dillo con parole mie).
Also, scenes from the film Big Blue (Le Grand Bleu)
were shot in Manganari.
Population was 1,838 in 2001
(down from 3,500 in the 19th century).
Origin of name
There is not a valid theory about the origin of
the name, but the most prevalent claims that Ios
originates from the word "Ion" which in ancient
Greek means "stone", which then turned into “Ios”.
The most popular beach on the island is
Mylopotas, located between the village of
Mylopotas and the town, while other beaches
are Manganari, Yialos, the Kolitsani beach
Psathi and St. Theodoti.
Apart from the Chora (town) other settlements on the
island are Psathi, St. Theodoti, the distant Manganari
and Epano Campos located in the inside of Ios.
Map of Ios
Access to Ios
∙ By boat: Book Now
∙ By plane: Ios has no airport. The nearest airport
is at Santorini. From there you can reach Ios thanks
to the frequent boat routes during the summer season.
Access to Manganari
∙ By car
∙ By bus: There are daily itineraries from the
port and the town of Ios.
∙ We offer free transportation for our clients
from the port to our rooms.
∙ By taxi or by hiring a car or a motorbike.
∙ In the northern part of the island you can visit
the Homer’s tomb. Pausanias tells us that the poet's
death was caused by an illness that struck him while
he was on his way to Athens.
∙ In the summer of 2002 Daniele Luchetti's film
entitled «Dillo con parole mie», was shot in Ios.
Also a big part of Luc Besson’s film “Le Grand Bleu”,
was shot at Manganari beach.