Notoriously known as a mecca for party lovers, Ios truly is a unique island. Not only because of its nightlife but also for the fact that it is a rather secretive island of the Cyclades. As I love reminiscing about my trip to Ios Island, Greece, I’ve just recently come to pick my favorite spots on this hidden gem in the Cyclades.
Before I get started on my top 5 places in Ios Island, I’d just like to say thanks to Life is a Beach Party for giving us a great deal on our customized Ios vacation package. They offered us convenient flights, great accommodation and even got us our ferry tickets in advance. They are super quick with responding to emails and other inquiries, I totally recommend them as a travel agency. This is not sponsored in any way, I just genuinely enjoyed their service and offers. here’s a short vacay recap I did a while ago:
1. Pathos Sunset Lounge
This is definitely the most instagrammable place on all of Ios Island! Pathos is basically an all-in-one institution, consisting of a restaurant, a pool, a lounge area and a nightclub.
My tip is to book a table, even if you are not a super-large group. The tables usually only require you to buy a bottle, which is relatively affordable in all of Ios. A big bottle of vodka and some mixers will cost you around 50€ to 70€ (for European clubbing standards, this is a steal!).
2. The Old Town (also known as Chora)
If you want to dip into the wildest nightlife you will ever experience, just take a walk along the little alleys and stairs in the old town district. The center is filled with all types of different bars, each living up to its theme. Alt Bar is known for is infamous array of shots (Shhh, some say the notorious ‘slap-shot’ really lives up to its name!).
3. FarOut BeachClub
FarOut is known for offering theme parties and tons of international DJs. The sunloungers and hammocks inside are free of charge and the drinks are cheap and strong. FarOut even offers a restaurant and sunloungers at Mylopotas Beach. I recommend you go to FarOut at around 4pm and spend the day before at the scenic beach across the road. The main parties start at around 5pm and end at around 12am. They mostly play EDM and chart hits. The crowd – including most of the DJs – are mainly Australian.
- Insider tip: bring your own towel! They hardly have towel service in Greece.
- FarOut’s website and Facebook page.
4. Manganari Beach (also translated as Magganari Beach)
Even thought the bus ride there made me feel like I was on Mad Max, the tranquility of the beach is well worth it. Manganari is situated at the southern tip of Ios and extremely remote. In fact, the buses only depart three times a day, so make sure not to miss them! The ride is about 7€ and takes about an hour, which felt like an eternity to me.
Manganari consists of an insanely clean and scenic beach, two restaurants right next to each other (named Antonios and AntonIOS, lol) and some apartment houses. That’s it. Might not sound like the best place but it really is so serene and just the fact that it is not crowded is worth the long journey.
- Insider tip: as this place is so remote, make sure you bring all your necessities, even medication etc., just in case!
- Manganari’s TripAdvisor page.
5. Katogi Taverna
This little gem of a restaurant is hidden in the old town district of Chora. They offer a variety of Greek tapas and to be honest I have never had Greek food this good in my entire life! The only downside is that they are almost always fully booked so drop by sometime during the day to secure yourself a table!