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Ios - Mylopotas

Mylopotas

Less than a kilometre south by foot from the southeastern corner of Chora is the celebrated bay of Mylopotas—a long sweep of pure sand, framed between two headlands. This and Manganari Bay in the south of the island, lie at the heart of the island’s fame as a pleasure-resort, and in the 1960s and ’70s became places of pilgrimage for a generation of hippies, nudists and hedonists, as well as those who were simply in search of an ‘uncorrupted’ Greece. The bay takes its name from the watermills which functioned in the gulleys of the seasonal torrents which collected the down-flow from the mountain of Megalo Vouni behind. The unmade track which climbs up from the south end of the bay, joins with the main asphalt road south to Manganari after 5km (see below).
   Set amongst vegetation on the promontory to the north of the bay and visible from the road as it climbs back to Chora are two villas, which were built by the painter Yiannis Gaitis (1923–84). The creation of the Gaitis-Simosi Museum, under the aegis of Gaitis’s daughter, is now in progress: the buildings will become exhibition spaces for modern art, centred around the works of the artist him self. Gaitis’s inventive and memorable work is instantly recognisable from its almost obsessive repetition of a characteristic motif—that of the stiff, silhouetted male figures with hat and striped jacket, who often appear in phalanxes. Gaitis discovered Ios together with his close friend Jean-Marie Drot, French author and documentary film-maker: Gaitis designed for Drot the house on the promontory which in turn will be given over to exhibit Drot’s private collection of modern art.


Ios Island is part of the Cyclades Island group
Mylopotas and the Gaitis - Simosi Museum.


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access

Ios Island, Greece.

Although the island has no airport, it has one or more daily connections to Piraeus either by regular ferry (8–10 hours) or by high-speed vessel (4½ hours).
Ios is also a terminus of the route operated by SAOS Ferries from Santorini and Anafi, via Sikinos and Folegandros, offering connections with these lesser islands five times weekly. In the summer there are also fast links almost daily with Santorini and Naxos by Flying Dolphin.

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arhaeo/cal sites

Ios Island, Greece.

The Archaeological Museum of Ios

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beaches

Ios Island, Greece.

Mylopotas beach with its golden sand and many facilities.

Manganari beach a very known place in the Island.
Kalamos beach located in the east of the island with two more isolated beaches. Papas and Plakes beaches.
There are a lot of other beaches in Ios , like Plakotos, Diamoudia, Petalidi, Tzamaria and other.
There are also many beaches that can be reached by sea.

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eating

Ios Island, Greece.

The challenge on Ios is locating simple and genuine Greek cuisine: in the main centres this can be found at Taverna Susanna in Plateia Limaniou beside the port, and at the small Koutouki tou Saïni, near the "Epano Piatsa" at the eastern end of the old part of Chora. For good fresh fish, vegetable dishes and salads, the Taverna Alonistra at Psáthi on the east coast of the island is reliable and pleasant.

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lodging

Ios Island, Greece.

Modern, welcoming, comfortable and with a wide range of services, is the Liostasi Spa Hotel (T. 22860 92140, fax 92680, www.liostasi.gr) situated panoramically between the port and Chora.
At the north end of Ormos Bay, are Petra Villas—attractively appointed studios, in relative quiet and seclusion, close to the water (T. 22860 91409).

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practical info

Ios Island, Greece.

840 01 Ios : area 108 sq.km; perimeter 87km; resident population 1,862; max. altitude 714 m. Port Authority: T. 22860 91264.
Travel information: Acteon Travel (T. 22860 91343, fax 91088, www.acteon.gr).
General information: www.iosgreece.com

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