beach, aka Milopotamos or Mylopotas, Ios.
- just north of Santorini in the Cyclades island group - has a reputation as a wild party island
which it happily fulfills from mid-July to August, though only in
Ios town, aka 'The Village.' Things can get out of control at that
time but during
the remaining summer months Ios is a tranquil though slightly dull island featuring
two of Greece's best beaches, Milopotas and Manganari.
Beach is big and sheltered, with
superb soft sand, crystal waters and plenty of good tavernas, alternative cafés,
camp sites and discreet hotels nearby. Water sports facilities are
also available. Mylopotas is only just outside the main 'village', an easy
stagger after a night partying.
Ios does have another beautiful, bigger and quieter beach than Milopotas on the south side of the island, Manganari, but it's 22km (14m)
of bus, scooter ride or boat journey to get there. Most beaches have some water sports facilities such as wind surfing or water skiing.
Ayia Theodhoti is another popular Ios beach, 9 kms from hora, sheltered but a little stony. Or is that stoned?
Hora/chora, the only village on Ios.
Ios Hora is the picture of Greek rectitude, tradition and comfortable tranquility, with a cluster of tourist-oriented shops and restaurants running though the centre...until the summer night creeps in and the beast of booze eats the young visitors. And with around 30 bars in the village and half a dozen clubs there's plenty for everyone who wants to get wasted.
One of Ios' clubs. Next, Pictures of Naxos.
Young visitors, a
couple of don'ts:
Don't drink Bombas, they're cheap but probably mixed with surgical
spirit or perhaps nail varnish; you'll get drunk very fast and spend
days regretting it.
Don't try sleeping rough, especially on the beaches, this is no longer
tolerated by the police.
Don't be casual with your valuables, theft is a problem during the
height of summer.
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