Things to do on
Paleokastro ( meaning old castle ) lies in the eastern part of Ios on the top of the island’s highest hill. On taking the road back from Pirgos , you will end up on the beautiful, winding, stone-paved road to Paleokastro. What looks like a scenically blessed place used to be a fortified area and was originally constructed to protect the local population from frequent pirate attacks. The site is completely isolated now but the ruins allow visitors to glimpse what life might have been like in the […]
Homer was among the greatest poets in ancient Greece who wrote epics like The Odyssey and The Iliad. Legend has it that it was on Ios where Homer took his last breath and now he lies buried in his grave at Plakoto, on a hill at the northernmost part of the island. Some say that Homer’s mother, Clymene, was from Ios and that is why Homer chose to spend his last days here. Some say he died succumbing to a sickness that developed after he had had a fall, others that Homer was killed by locals after[…]
Churches of Ios
There are more than 300 churches all over the island, some built on the sites of ancient Greek temples with inlaid parts still visible. Don’t miss the church of Agia Irene at the port, or the church of Gremiotissa – magnificent at sunset.
Famous Windmills of Ios
The traditional windmills of Ios:Walking to the entrance of Chora, the ‘capital’ of Ios, you will see 12 well preserved windmills, two of which have been converted into homes with colorful gardens. They are worn by the weather but they still proudly watch over the adjacent small church of Agios Nikolaos. Back in the day, the windmills produced energy to grind grains and helped enormously to satisfy the food requirements of the island. – These charming ornamental monuments that look over th[…]
Odysseas Elytis Theater
Odysseas Elytis (1911 – 1996) was a Greek poet who won the Nobel Pirze for Literature in 1979. – The Odysseas Elytis Amphitheatre was built in his honour at the highest point in Chora, behind the iconic whitewashed windmills.
Though the amphitheatre is made of marble in the style of ancient Greece, it was constructed relatively recently. It is a colossal structure and can hold up to 1,100 people at any given time. Most of the cultural events of the island are held here including the grand[…]
Skarkos, Prehistoric Settlement
Skarkos prospered because it lay at the junction of key trading routes that linked the Cyclades with mainland Greece, Crete, and Asia Minor. Early Bronze Age sailors used paddle boats with limited range. They had to stop at harbors such as Skarkos to get supplies and to trade. The people of Skarkos imported beverages, perfumed oils, or other liquids in pottery containers. They exported finished products such as obsidian tools. Skarkos was abandoned about 2,300 BC, possibly after an earthquake. C[…]