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A few words about Ios:
Ios (Greek: ΙΟΣ) is an island in the
Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea. It is a part of Greece.
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, 10 km (6
mi) wide, with an area of about 105 km˛ (41 mi˛). Population was 1,820 in 2006
(down from 3,500 in the 19th century).
The main town is Ios, at the head of the Ormos harbor in the northwest. From
there the bus or 15-minute walk up the stairy donkey path takes you to the
village. This is a white and very picturesque cycladic village, full of stairs
and narrow walks, that makes it inaccessible for cars of any kind. Today, the
main path through this village is completely taken over by tourism in terms of
restaurants, boutiques, bars and discotheques. Apart from the port and the
above located village, Ios has only a few small settlements, just a group of
spread out houses in the background of major beaches (Theodoti, Kalamos,
Manganari). Since the 1990s the island mayor Pusseos works on Ios development
towards attracting also different and wealthier kinds of tourists. With money
from the European community some roads have been built and even paved, and a
very scenic amphi-Theater has been created by the German architect Peter Haupt
(who died in 2003) on the very top of the village hill. Unfortunately,
cultural events do only rarely take place up there.
Ios has left little impression on history. Ancient tradition said that Homer's
mother was from Ios, and that he himself was buried there--and indeed the
locals will show visitors the site of the ancient town of Plakotos at the
northernmost end of the island, where the rocky entrance to a tomb may be
seen. There is no physical evidence connecting this with Homer however. There
are signs of Mycenaean settlement.
The north end of Ios also has a ruined Venetian castle from the 15th century.
The island is said to have 365 churches and chapels,like the days of the year.
Ios attracts very large numbers of young tourists, many of whom sleep on the
beaches after partying through of the night. Milopotamos (or Milopota) is the
most popular of the beaches.
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