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Ios - The South of the Island

The South of the Island

The southern extremity of the island is a landscape quite different from the centre and north, and no less dramatic. Its interior has only recently become accessible by the building of a surfaced road which leads down to the southern tip of the island (Either 25km from Chora— metalled all the way—by taking the road via Epano Kambos, towards Psathi, and branching south at the junction at 10.5km; or 18km—partially unmade—via Mylopotas). On the south side of the island’s central mountain-massif the scenery suddenly changes from long slopes covered in mountain scrub to an eroded and boulder-strewn landscape of often strange and jagged forms, similar in nature to that around Volax on Tinos or Manganitis on Ikaria, produced by a combination of violent volcanic activity and constant wind erosion. Hidden in an oasis of scattered trees in the midst of this landscape is the monastery of Aghios Ioannis Prodromos of Kalamos. Never was a dedication to the Baptist more appropriate than in this desert landscape which unexpectedly yields water here. Before the monastery was founded at the turn of the 19th century, the site must originally have been occupied by a hermitage—reminiscent in setting of the those of the early Desert Fathers.
   At this point, the road divides east to the sandy beach of Kalamos on the east coast, or south to the double * bay of Manganari, site of a flourishing settlement of the Early Cycladic period. The view from the descending road of this broad and gentle bay, its two shallow sweeps of virgin sand separated by an outcrop of reefs, with the plain and the mountains behind and the island of Santorini ahead across the water, is one of the loveliest in the Cyclades.


Ios Island is part of the Cyclades Island group
The South of the Island.


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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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