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.
Milopotas 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.