Ios is an island of Cyclades, surrounded by Sikinos, Paros, Naxos, Iraklia and Santorini. Known for its beautiful beaches, 365 churches and the same number of bars, it has two faces, the one of frantic entertainment and the other, the beauty and the light, offering options and alternatives for every visitor. Arriving at the harbor of Ios or Yialos, you face right at the entrance of the harbor the white-washed chapel of Agia Eirini, the 17th century and the picturesque settlement that climbs up to Chora.
For your trips to the island, there are regular services from Ios Bus Station, but a rental car from Imperial Car Rental Ios offers you greater independence of movement. Rich finds from 3.200 BC in the early Cycladic settlement of Skarkou, witness human habitation and great civilization, from early antiquity. The island was inhabited by Carians, Minoans, Achaeans, Phoenicians and Ionians, joined the Athenian alliance and later in the sovereignty of the Macedonians.
During the Roman occupation and Byzantium, it is ravaged by continuous pirate raids, in the 13th century it is dominated by the Venetians, occupied by the Turks in 1537 and becomes a man of French pirates. It is liberated from the Turkish yoke with the Hellenic Revolution of 1821, suffers like the rest of Greece in the German-Italian occupation of 1940-1944 and it is again growing rapidly from the liberation until today. Car Rentals Imperial Car Rental will make your trips on the island easy and comfortable.
Starting from Gialos, climb the stairs leading to the picturesque Chora of Ios, a settlement-jewel built amphitheatrically on the hillside over the ancient city, walk through the narrowly roofed streets that are bustling with life, with the "stigadia", the whitewashed cubicle houses , the whitewashed stairs, the twelve windmills, the chapels with arched bell towers and the blue domes, the medieval castle on the top of the hill.
You will be impressed with 14th century Fragoklisia and Panagia Gremiotissa, built on the edge of the cliff, at the edge of the Venetian Castle, the most important of the 365 churches of Ios overlooking the breathtaking sea. Admire the stunning view of the Aegean Sea from Odysseas Elytis Theater, built according to ancient Greek standards, in the area of Tsoukalaria. With the comfort offered by Imperial Car Rental Ios, visit the Scarco hill, a lively "sculpture" with the dry stone walls that surround it spirally.
At its top is the archaeological site with the excellently restored Early Cycladic settlement of the Bronze Age, with rich finds exhibited at the Archaeological Museum in Chora. It is worth visiting the Museum of Modern Art in Mylopotas and the stone-built Lighthouse at the entrance of the harbor, in Koumbara. The homeland of Homer's mother is also the burial site of the greatest epic poet of all time. His tomb is located on the hill of Psathopyrgos, on the north of the island, above the bay of Plakotos, with its lovely beach. Discover the enchanting beaches of Ios with the Imperial Car Rental and cool off in their crystal clear waters.
In the northeast of the island you will find the beautiful, huge beach of Agia Theodoti, the quiet Neraki and Psathi with the ruins of the Byzantine Palaiokastro, to the southeastern the wonderful Kalamos, Papas and Three Caves, the exotic Manganari in the south, the southwest the beaches Trypiti, Pikri Nera Saponohoma, the golden beach of Mylopotas, which is the most organized and busy beach on the island, its favorite youth, Kolitsani, Gialos north of the harbor, the sandy, crystal Koumbara, Almyros, but also the longest Early Lorettaina and Camp in the northwest. Your visit to Ios and secure travel from the Imperial Car Rental car rental will make your trip there one of the finest of your life that you will want to repeat again and again!