Ios is an island of the Cyclades, between Paros, Naxos, Iraklia, Santorini and Sikinos, home of the mother of Homer and the burial place of the great epic poet, the island with 365 churches and other bars with beautiful beaches and scenic narrow alleys full of life.
Ios port connects the island by ferry with Piraeus, Rafina, Rethymnon, Heraklion and the rest of the Cyclades. In addition, Ios has a modern fully equipped helipad for landing helicopters.
There are regular trips to the island from Ios Bus Station but for more freedom of movement you can get a rental car from Imperial Car Rental to get to know the picturesque settlements and its beautiful beaches.
Ios took its name in antiquity from the one, flowers that grew abundantly on the island.
The significant presence of man since early antiquity, in 2.800 BC, is recorded in the Early Cycladic settlement of Skarkos, with rich finds and archaeological site, which has been awarded for its exemplary restoration and reminiscence.
Ios seems to have been originally inhabited by the Carians, and later in succession by the Minoans, the Achaeans, the Phoenicians and the Ionians, then joined the Athenian alliance and then passed into the sovereignty of the Macedonians and their successors.
During the domination of Rome and Byzantium, the island was plagued with pirate raids, in the 13th century it passed into the domination of the Venetians, occupied by the Turks in 1537 and became a man of French pirates. It is liberated by the Turks with the Greek Revolution of 1821.
In Ios, you can swim at Yalos Beach in the harbor or rent a Car Rent A Car to visit its less or more distant but interesting beaches, such as the sandy, crystal Koumbara, Kolitsani, the golden Mylopotas, the most organized and busy beach the island who prefers youth, Sapounohoma the Magganari paradise, the beautiful Reed and Papas, Psathi with the ruins of the Byzantine Palaiokastro, the vast Saint Theodoti and most distant Loretzaina, Kampaki, Plakoto Con
Car rental from Imperial Car Rental will solve your travel problem in order to visit the many sights of Ios and to get in touch with an inexhaustible cultural wealth that is lost at the beginning of the history of human civilization.
In Skarko you will see the organized archaeological site of the Early Cycladic settlement, from the Bronze Age, while you will admire its findings at the excellent Archaeological Museum in Chora.
Visit the Museum of Modern Art in Mylopotas and the stone-built Lighthouse at the entrance of the harbor, in Koumbara.
Having explored the island with comfort and safety, thanks to the rental of Imperial Car Rental, do not miss to walk in the narrow picturesque alleys of Chora, built on the ancient city and amphitheatrically on the hillside, at the top of which there are ruins of a medieval castle.
Chora of Ios is a beautiful traditional settlement that has been declared listed and is one of the best preserved samples of Cycladic architecture. The whitewashed houses, the whitewashed stairs, the picturesque roofed streets or "stigia", the twelve windmills, the churches with arched bell towers and the blue domes create a unique residential complex.
See Frangoklissias 14th century and Notre Gremiotissa, the most important of the 365 churches of Ios, built literally on the edge of the cliff, the highest point on the edge of the Venetian castle, with spectacular views of the sea, while the Tsoukalaria region admire unique view of the Aegean Sea from Odysseas Elytis Theater, built according to ancient Greek standards.
Your visit to the beautiful island of Ios, with the ease of traveling provided by the Imperial Car Rental car rental service, will be guaranteed, one of your finest trips!