The Greek Island of Ios is best known for its nightlife, its beaches and its character. A beautiful village perched up on top of a hill, overlooking the Aegean sea, this is what Greece is all about. Walking through its narrow alleyways dotted with charming jewellery and clothes shops and cafes where.....
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The Greek Island of Ios is best known for its nightlife, its beaches and its character. A beautiful village perched on the side of a hill, overlooking the Aegean sea, this is what Greece is all about. Walking through its narrow alleyways dotted with charming jewellery and clothes shops and cafes where old men drink coffee and play backgammon and time seems almost to stand still, it’s difficult to imagine the parties that this island has a reputation for. But by midnight countless doorways you hadn’t noticed have opened and upbeat music and hedonistic Europeans spill out into the night. Bars and clubs serving a plethora of cocktails and shots party on until the early hours of the morning, before the village returns to its quaint and sleepy former self. Around the village, the beach and the main road, this island has some fantastic restaurants. Catering both traditional and modern Greek food and international cuisine, there does appear to be something for everyone here. Dining is largely casual, but quality of food is exceptionally high and prices very reasonable. And Ios nightlife isn’t the only thing that attracts visitors, its beaches are among some of the best in Greece. Most notably Manganari, with its crescents of white sand and crystal clear waters, this beach is a must see. Accommodation in Ios is of good quality, with hotels ranging from budget to luxury. Many hotels have pools, some have amazing views and we were delighted with our room at Skala (which had both). Ios brings with it plenty of character, friendly locals, great food and an all-round good time. An island of contrasts, you can party all night or enjoy the quietude of the village and the beauty of the beaches.
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