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Ios Travel Blog

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Ios is a hilly island with cliffs down to the sea on most sides, situated halfway between Naxos and Santorini.
The Port of Ios is at the head of the Ormos harbor in the northwest. From there the bus or 15-minute walk up the steep donkey path takes you to the village, known as Chora. 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 village of Chora, Ios has only a few small settlements, just a group of spread out houses in the background of major beaches ( Mylopotas, Theodoti, Kalamos, Manganari).
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.
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