coastline of this predominantly mountainous island
with its countless chapels, its olive trees, its
vinyards and its limpid air, is adorned with small,
attractive covers. Those features combin with
the crystal clear sea, the superb sandy beaches
and the good range of amenities to make Ios a
magnet for tourist.
called Nios, this is an island whose history goes
back to prehistoric times. According to Herodutus,
the "poet of poets", the "god-like"
Homer was buried at Plakotos, in the norht of
the island. Pausanias tells us that there was
an inscription at Delphi confirming the poet's
interment on Ios, which was the homeland of his
mother, Clymene. Above the pretty harbour of Ormos,
where fhishing-boats and yachts bob at anchor,
stands the capital of Ios or Hora. The town stands
on the site of the ancient city of the same name
and is a typical cycladic settlement, whith white
washed houses, narrow alleys and chapels. Among
the churches, those of St Catherine, St Joh the
Baptist and Sts Cosmas and Damien stand out.
whole beautiful image is rounded off with the
bulk of teh medieval castle and the row of winmills
which top the town. The sites of Ios include a
Hellenistic tower and the remains of an ancient
aqueduct at Agia Theodoti, traces of an ancient
temple at Psathi, a ruinous Venetian castle at
the spot known as Paleokastro, and the Hellenistic
tower at Plakotos which we have already mentioned.
The Archaeological and folkloric Museum in Hora
and the Museum of Modern Art (DrotGaiti) at Kolitsani
are also worth a visit. Lovers of the sea will
be entraptured by the superb beaches of Ios, some
of them busy (such as Milopotas, near Hora), and
others no less atractive but much quieter (Agia
Theodoti, Psathi, Kalamas, Plakes, Tzamaria, Kolitsani
authentic Cycladic beauty of Ios, in combination
with the island's rapid development for tourisim,
has had the effect of attracting ever-in-creasing
numbers of visitors.