A luxury boutique hotel escape to the Greek island of Ios will be truly memorable. Not just for its pristine sandy beaches, but for the mysterious quiet interior; the steep winding path that climbs to the white Cycladic village of Chora; and an ever present sense of ancient history.
Paths wind through the hilltop old town while below the Aegean shimmers.
Things to do
Ios is blessed with a superb choice of beautiful beaches. Most famous is the ever-popular Mylopotas Beach, which seems to stretch on forever and is both softly sandy and safe. There are cafés and watersports to enjoy too.
From your luxury hotel and beyond the exclusive resort you can step into antiquity. A large prehistoric settlement has been discovered on Skarkos Hill with some ancient buildings still rising as high as three metres. In the north of Ios you can explore a ruined 15th-century Venetian castle.
FOOD & DRINK
The island has fine dining opportunities in various guises as well as simple, fresh Greek fare. Seek out dishes such as tenderloin with plums and figs, spicy shrimp and marinated anchovies or pasta purses with cheese and pear. You’ll find an enticing mix of old stone ambiance and bright modern bistro style.
A visit to the excellent Archaeological Museum will reveal the ancient secrets of this little island.
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