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Introduction

Ios has made something of a comeback in recent years. And deservedly so, as the island has a friendly little port (Gialos), very pretty traditional main village (Chora) on the hill above, and some of the finest beaches in the Cyclades.

Ios developed a “party island” reputation in the 80s and 90s, but has since calmed down considerably and now has appeal for all ages. The young are still catered for by some clubs in Chora but this doesn't impact the majority of holidaymakers here.

Our hotel is at Gialos, and here you will find some 10 traditional tavernas, plus cafes and small shops, as well as the usual Greek hoo-ha every time a ferry docks! Gialos has a nice sandy beach of its own.

Milopotas is the best known of Ios' white sandy beaches, and its kilometre-long Blu Flag strand is regularly voted one of the top ten in Europe. Others are reached by boat, including lovely Manganari in the south east. Gialos, Chora and Milopotas are linked by a frequent bus service. Alternatively you can walk - it is 3 kms by foot up and over the hill from Gialos via Hora to Milopotamos.

Ios is not alone in claiming Homer as its son, but near our hotel is the ancient settlement of Skarkos which dates back some 4,000 years, so there’s a chance it could be true.

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Getting to the Island

Fly to Mykonos or Santorini, transfer to the port, ferry to the island (included), onward transfer to your accommodation (max. 30 mins). On the return the reverse applies. Alternatively fly via Athens with onward domestic flight or ferry. The best routing can vary according to flight timings and seasonal ferry schedules. If an overnight hotel is necessary we will include it and all transfers in the quoted holiday price.

c 1 hr by ferry from Santorini, c 2½ hrs from Mykonos or c 5 hrs by ferry from Athens

Multi-Centre and Island Hopping

Paros, Antiparos, Naxos and Ios can be combined – the minimum stay on each is 3 nights.

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Those of our clients who have, over the last 20 or so years, visited Tolon in the Peloponnese will know Jackie; our very knowledgeable and passionate representative. Having decided to return to the UK, she has joined our reservations team and, needless to say, knows Tolon, a resort we have featured since 1973, inside out. It will come as no surprise to know that the Peloponnese is her favourite region in Greece.

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