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Ios is a Cycladic island in the Aegean Sea
Ios (Greek: Ίος, locally Νιός - Nios) is a Greek island in the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea. Ios is a hilly island with cliffs down to the sea on most sides, situated halfway between Naxos and Santorini. It is about 18 km (11 mi) long and 10 km (6 mi) wide, with an area of about 109 km² (42 mi²). Ios is part of the Santorini peripheral unit. Ios was the setting for the movie Ginger and Cinnamon (Dillo con parole mie). Also, scenes from the film Big Blue (Le Grand Bleu) were shot in Manganari.
Population was 1,838 in 2001 (down from 3,500 in the 19th century).
Origin of name
There is not a valid theory about the origin of the name, but the most prevalent claims that Ios originates from the word "Ion" which in ancient Greek means "stone", which then turned into “Ios”.
The most popular beach on the island is Mylopotas, located between the village of Mylopotas and the town, while other beaches are Manganari, Yialos, the Kolitsani beach Psathi and St. Theodoti.
Manganari beach Mylopotas beach
Apart from the Chora (town) other settlements on the island are Psathi, St. Theodoti, the distant Manganari and Epano Campos located in the inside of Ios.
Map of Ios
Access to Ios
∙ By boat: Book Now ∙ By plane: Ios has no airport. The nearest airport is at Santorini. From there you can reach Ios thanks to the frequent boat routes during the summer season.
Access to Manganari
∙ By car ∙ By bus: There are daily itineraries from the port and the town of Ios. ∙ We offer free transportation for our clients from the port to our rooms. ∙ By taxi or by hiring a car or a motorbike.
See also
∙ In the northern part of the island you can visit the Homer’s tomb. Pausanias tells us that the poet's death was caused by an illness that struck him while he was on his way to Athens. ∙ In the summer of 2002 Daniele Luchetti's film entitled «Dillo con parole mie», was shot in Ios. Also a big part of Luc Besson’s film “Le Grand Bleu”, was shot at Manganari beach.
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