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Ios is one of the most picturesque islands of famous Cyclades and one of the most breathtaking islands in the Aegean Sea. It is circled by Santorini, Paros, Naxos and Folegandros. Ios attracts every year a large amount of tourists, mainly younger people, due to its notoriously large variety of bars and clubs mainly situated in traditional Ios Town ( called Hora as well), 15 minutes walk from Ios port.

The jaw dropping beaches, infinite chapels and many archaeological interest points, white-washed houses and crystal clear waters offer the island its Cycladic famous beauty. It is a true fact that based on the ancient tradition, Íos was the homeland of Homer’s mother and the last resting island of the glorious epic poet.

Ios features a large variety of sightseeing places and spots of authentic natural charm, all combined with the unique and cozy Cycladic character that make her ideal for sailing. A large amount of beaches are accessible only via boat or they are ideal for anchoring with the boat and overnight at their peaceful environment. Some of the beaches listed below are included as a swim stop on our Mykonos Cruise where during our 8 day cruise we overnight at Ios. if you wish to rent a boat as private and have full flexibility you can check our gulet fleet here.

Mylopotas Beach

South west of Chora, Mylopotas beach, the busiest beach of Ios where Far Our camp is located as well, can get really busy during summer. The long white sandy beach extends for one kilometre and offers sun beds, beach bars, cafes, tavernas and water sports. We have a swim stop during our Mykonos cruise at Mylopotas Beach.


Manganari Beach

About 13 miles from Ormos harbour, on the southern part of Ios, at the near end of Mylopotas bay, a winding road climbs up the mountain and turns right before Kalamos monastery to get to the amazing and almost deserted Manganari cove. This breathtaking bay is divided into four idyllic coves with sugar-white sand or pebbles, and shallow turquoise waters. The particular bay is ideal for overnight stay on a boat, due to its quite and peaceful environment and the jaw dropping surroundings. Swim stop on our Mykonos cruise being one of the most popular ones amongst our guests, is the most photographed swim stop of all.

Papa beach

Little white-sugar sandy beach near the cove of Kalamos. The particular beach is not well organized, but the wilderness of its scenery and the light blue waters definitely repay the trip.

To sum up, whether you rent a boat as private for your group ( Gulet Fleet) or join our scheduled Mykonos Cruises, sailing in Ios is by far the best way to explore her.

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