Just an hour’s ferry ride from Santorini, Chora (also known as Ios Town) offers a magical blend of the classic and the cosmopolitan. Whitewashed houses hug the hillside, gazing out across the Aegean Sea. The winding cobbled streets are alive with boutiques, tavernas and bars. And, for history seekers, Chora is peppered with ancient buildings and cultural landmarks. Lazy by day, lively by night, Chora is a luxury escape with a bit of everything.
A small town that’s big on tradition, tranquillity and incredible views
Things to do
Ios has some of the most spectacular beaches in Greece – from secluded coves to sweeping, sandy bays. Just 2km from Chora, Mylopotas is regularly voted as one of the ‘top 10 beaches in Europe’ and is the ideal spot for chilling out or trying watersports. Even closer to home, Yialos beach is perfect for lounging or embarking on a cruise of the island.
Chora offers plenty of opportunities to sample authentic Greek culture. You could visit the tomb of the epic poet Homer, or delve into ancient history at the Archaeological Museum. Explore the quaint church of Panagia Gremniotissa or marvel at the 12 windmills of Ios. Round off your day by catching a performance at the Odysseas Elytis open-air amphitheatre.
Whether it’s a few chilled-out sundowners or a wild night of clubbing, Chora has it all. In the evening, crowds flock to the village’s bars, pubs and main square to party. You could put on your dancing shoes and join the throng or stay ‘up town’ and simply savour the views from the luxury of your private terrace.
To find the most beautiful, unspoilt coves and stunning scenery, charter a private yacht – just ask at your boutique hotel for details
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