On Ios, you can have your cake and eat it too – quite literally. Spend your days exploring the winding footpaths of the traditional hilltop old town or ensconced on a sandy beach. Discover the isolated interior and then return to town in time for the party. Or visit in the shoulder season for a quieter pace, when Ios draws families and more mature travellers. In July and August, it's still the much-loved stomping ground of youth and hedonism.
While Ios is a popular destination, there's a special magic at work here. You won't feel pressured or hassled; instead, the islanders take pride in working together to keep their visitors smiling – and returning.
Ios destination guides
Sail Greece - Mykonos to Santorini
Move between the boat, the beach and inviting Greek villages on this relaxing Greece sailing adventure between Mykonos and Santorini. Wile away days swimming in turquoise waters, lazing on white-sand beaches, sampling mouth-watering local cuisine and exploring coastal villages seeped in history, mythology and beauty.