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Ios (Chora)

The island's capital is Chora, a typical Cycladic town, with its traditional white houses, especially in the well preserved old part. It sprawls over the hill which dominates Gialos, with its small white houses, windmills, narrow roads, and country churches. At the top of Chora we see the church of Saint Nikolaos surrounded by the ruins of a medieval castle. Down from the castle, on a craggy rock with a panoramic view, is the Byzantine church of the Virgin Marie Gremiotissa, dedicated to the Assumption. The place now occupied by the actual city was the site of the ancient town, of which, nowadays, very little has survived. Between the church of Saint Ekaterini and the small church of the Saints Anargiri, we find the market which was built on the site of the town's ancient agora (marketplace).

This text is cited Feb 2003 from the University of Patras' XENIOS DIAS website URL below.


Ormos (Little Malta) is the well protected harbour of the island. The village is located 2 km to the west of Chora. The inhabitants call it Gialos. In Ormos we can find the newly created Health Centre of Ios. The first view on the port presents an unforgettable picture to the visitor, with the white sails of the boats during daytime, and the twinkling lights of Gialos against the velvet sky at night.

This text is cited Feb 2003 from the University of Patras' XENIOS DIAS website URL below.


KOUMBARA (Settlement) IOS
For the past few years, the road on the left side of the harbour, leading from "Chrissi Akti" to the beautiful beach of of Koumpara, brings you to a well-known, excellent and well organised beach. Although very close to the harbour (north-west), the water is excellent for swimming. Every possible kind of service caters to your comfort, be it food or accommodation, with, as a bonus, the view on the Aegean Sea with its majestic sunsets. This place is a must for everyone.

This text is cited Feb 2003 from the University of Patras' XENIOS DIAS website URL below.


MANGANARI (Settlement) IOS
The dirt road for Maganari starts at the end of Milopotas beach. Maganari, in the southern part, is one of the beauty spots of the island. Five small beaches, one next to the other, all with golden sand, are waiting for you. It is not surprising that many locals come here during the summer holidays. Moreover, it was here that the film "the Deep Blue" was shot on location. Maganari can be reached by car, motorcycle, bus (three times per day) or by a small boat.

This text is cited Feb 2003 from the University of Patras' XENIOS DIAS website URL below.


Milopotas is a seaside village with a famous sandy beach, situated 3 km southeast from Chora. In Milopotas, we find a sports centre on the beach with a large choice of activities.

Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)


  Ios (Ios: Eth. Ietes, Ietes), an island in the Aegaean sea, one of the Sporades, and falsely called by Stephanus one of the Cyclades, lay north of Thera and south of Paros and Naxos. According to Pliny, it was 25 miles in length, and was distant 18 miles from Naxos and 25 from Thera. (Plin. iv. 12. s. 23.) Both Pliny and Stephanus state that it was originally called Phoenice. It possessed a town of the same name (Ptol. iii. 15. § 28), situated upon a height on the western side of the island. It has an excellent harbour, of a circular form, like the Peiraeeus: its mouth faces the south-west, and is opposite the island of Sicinus. The island is now called Nio (en Ioi); and when Ross visited it, in 1836, it contained 505 families or 2500 souls. The modern town is built upon the site of the ancient one, of which there are still remains.
  Ios was celebrated in antiquity as the burialplace of Homer, who is said to have died here on his voyage from Smyrna to Athens. Long afterwards, when the fame of the poet had filled the world, the inhabitants of los are reported to have erected the following inscription upon his tomb.
Enthade ten hieren kephalen kata gaia kaluptei
Andron heroon kosmetora, theion Omeron.

(Pseudo-Herod. Vit. Homer. 34, 36; comp. Scylax, p. 22; Strab. x. p. 484; Paus. x. 24. § 2; Plin., Steph. ll. cc.) It was also stated that Clymene, the mother of Homer, was a native of los, and that she was buried in the island (Paus., Steph. B., ll. cc.); and, according to Gellius (iii. 11), Aristotle related that Homer himself was born in los. In 1771 a Dutch nobleman, Graf Pasch van Krienen, asserted that he had discovered the tomb of Homer in the northern part of the island; and in 1773 he published an account of his discovery, with some inscriptions relating to Homer which he said he had found upon the tomb. Of this discovery a detailed account is given by Ross, who is disposed to believe the account of Pasch van Krienen; but the original inscriptions have never been produced, and most modern scholars regard them as forgeries. (Ross, Reisen auf den Griech. Inseln, vol. i. pp. 54, 154, seq.; Welcker, in Zeitschrift fur die Alterthum-swissenschaft, 1844, p. 290, seq.)

This text is from: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD). Cited September 2004 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks

Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities


An island in the Aegean Sea, to the north of Thera. Here, according to some accounts, Homer was interred ( Pliny H. N.iv. 12). It was also said that the poet's mother was a native of this island. The modern name is Nio.

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