Location

In the heart of the Cyclades, between Santorini and Mykonos, Ios is easily reached whether you’re looking to fly in directly to Calilo and decompress in the luxury of your private suite (the resort has a private helipad and dock) or whether you’re planning to stop off for a few days to soak up the island’s cultural sights, spectacular beaches, pristine natural landscapes and buzzing nightlife as part of a wider island-hopping itinerary. The fact that there is no airport on Ios explains why the island has avoided mass tourism and maintained its natural beauty. Instead most guests fly to Athens or one of the larger Greek islands and travel onwards from there. From Athens (Piraeus) guests can take the regular 5-6 hour ferry to the Port of Ios, or the high-speed ferry (3.5 hours). A choice of regular and high-speed boats is also available from Santorini (45 minutes), Mykonos (2 hours) and Crete (Heraklion is 2.5 hours away). If you’d rather a private boat transfer from Santorini we can arrange that for you.

How To get Here

BY AIR

Closest Airports:

Santorini (JTR)
Mykonos (JMK)
Athens (ATH)

Helicopter travel time:

Santorini-Ios 11 Mins
Mykonos-Ios 18 Mins
Athens - Ios 52 Mins

Calilo features a helipad available for use to all our guests. Prior to your arrival, kindly call us at 00302286440740 or at (0030)6970114922 to provide us with the following information: Arrival Date, Helicopter Company, Number of Passengers, Time of Arrival , Departure Heliport.

BY SEA

Ferry travel time:

Santorini-Ios 45 Mins
Mykonos-Ios 1.5 Hours
Athens - Ios 3.5 Hours

Sightseeing

Paleokastro

Paleokastro

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 Middle Ages. One of the ruins is a Venetian Castle dating back to the 10th Century and within the middle is a beautiful Byzantine chapel. Part of it has fallen into the sea but a few walls still remain.

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Homer Tomb

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 he was unable to solve a riddle that they had posed to him.

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Homer Tomb
Churches of Ios

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.

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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 the turquoise Aegean Sea are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful sites of the island.

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Famous Windmills of Ios
Odysseas Elytis Theater

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. [space] 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 Homeria festival in memory of Homer, one of the greatest poets of all time. [space] During the summer musical concerts, plays and other performances take place at this stunning theatre – a favourite place of Odysseas himself.

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