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Ios is a Greek island, part of the Cyclades group, located in the central parts of the Aegean Sea. It's a rocky island halfway between Naxos and Santorini and has less than 2,000 people living on its 109 square kilometres surface. It's a popular tourist destination and some beaches nowadays are overcrowded like many of the other popular islands of Greece.
Ios has a very nice Mediterranean climate with warm, dry and sunny summers and mild but wetter winters. During the summermonths (June - September) it's mostly between 26 and 30 degrees Celsius during the day and 20-22 degrees Celsius at night. Winters last from December to February when it's about 13-16 degrees Celsius during the day and 10-12 degrees at night. Most of the rain falls from November to February, summers are almost completely dry.
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There used to be seaplanes between Ios and Lavrio with Air Sealines but serves were suspended in 2007 and haven't resumed yet. It's best to fly to Crete or Mykonos or a few of the other islands mentioned below (by boat) and take an onward ferry or fast boat/catamaran.
There are at least four daily connections with Piraeus (seven hours), Paros (2½ hours) and Naxos (1¼ hours). There are daily boats to Santorini (1¼ hours), five-weekly boats to Sikinos (30 minutes), Folegandros (1½ hours) and Anafi (three hours) and four weekly boats to Syros (2¾ hours). There are three boats weekly to Milos (3½ hours) and Mykonos (seven hours), two boats weekly to Kimolos (2½ hours), Sifnos (five hours), Serifos (six hours) and Kythnos (8½ hours).
One boat goes to Amorgos on Saturday (2½ hours).
Check the Greek Travel Pages for an impression about companies, schedules and prices, as the choice is very wide. Or check the Greek Ferries website or another one about Ferries between islands in Greece.
Apart from the regular ferries, there are faster but more expensive boats and catamarans:
There are daily catamarans to Piraeus (5½ hours), Santorini (40 minutes), Naxos (one hour), Paros (1½ hours), Mykonos (two hours) and Heraklion and Rethymno on Crete (2½ hours).
|Acropolis Hotel Ios||Ios Greece Ios Greece||Hotel||-|
|Brother's Hotel||Kambos - Cyclades 84001||Hotel||98|
|Far Out Beach Club||Mylopotas beach 84001 Ios Cyclades||Hostel||96|
|Far Out Hotel||Mylopotas Beach||Hotel||90|
|Francesco's||Francesco Plakiotis Chora||Hostel||90|
|Galini Pension||Ios Island Ios Cyclades||Hotel||89|
|George and Irene Hotel||Ios Town||Hotel||88|
|Golden Sun Hotel||Gialos Cyclades Islands||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Hermes Ios||PO Box 64 Ios Island Cyclades 84001||Hotel||-|
|Ios resort||Ios/ Cyclades||Hotel||93|
|Markos Village Hotel||Ios 84001 Cylcades||Hotel||90|
|Nissos Ios Hotel||16 mylopotas Ios Cyclades||Hotel||89|
|Pension Villa Mata||Port, Ios island Cyclades||Hotel||88|
|Petros Place||Yialos beach||Hotel||-|
|Princess Sissy Hotel||Chora||Hotel||82|
|Rita Rooms||Ios island, Chora||Hotel||-|
|Rita's Place||Ios island, Chora||Hotel||-|
|The Purple Pig||84001 Ios - Mylopotas Cyclades||Hostel||88|
|Yialos beach Hotel||Yialos beach||Hotel||-|
|Pension Irene||Gialos, Ios Port||HOTEL||-|
|Margarita Rooms||Ios Village - Hora||Hostel||-|
|Island House||Mylopotas Beach||Hostel||-|
|Aphrodite Hotel -Ios||Chora Cyclades||HOTEL||-|
|The Windmills Rooms||Ios Island Cyclades||GUESTHOUSE||88|
|Studios Pelagos||Chora Mylopotos-Ios||Hotel||-|
|Blue Sky Hotel||Ios||HOTEL||87|
|Katerina's Rooms||Mylopotas Beach||Hotel||-|
|Flisvos Hotel||Gialos Ios Island||HOTEL||-|
|Armadoros Hotel||23 Aretis Street||HOTEL||84|
|Hotel Helena||Ormos - Yialos Beach Ios - Cyclades||HOTEL||87|
|Hotel Aegeon||Ios, Cyclades, Mylopotas||HOTEL||-|
|Holidays In Ios||Mylopotas Beach||GUESTHOUSE||87|
|Galaxy Hotel Ios||Mylopotas Beach||HOTEL||-|
|Ios Palace Hotel & Spa||Main Street Mylopotas beach||HOTEL||-|
|Meltemi Pension||Yalos Beach||Guesthouse||-|
|Glaros Hotel||Yialos Beach||HOTEL||-|
|Golden Star||Ios Village (Hora)||Hostel||-|
|Village Twins||Chora Ios Cyclades||Hostel||-|
|Yannis Rooms||Katzivelli Agios Yiannis||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Blue Sky||Agios Ioannis||Guesthouse||-|
|Levantes Ios Boutque Hotel||Mylopotas||HOTEL||-|
|Drakos Twins George||Mylopotas||HOTEL||-|
|The Deep Blue||Mylopotas Beach||Apartment||-|
|Petros place hotel||Bay (Yialos)||Hotel||-|
|Paradise Studios & Apartments||Mylopotas||APARTMENT||-|
Internet access is widely available throughout the country. Almost all hotels provide internet access, either free or paid. Local coffee shops usually offer free Wi-Fi access, as many other public places do. Feel free to ask for the password, if the network is locked. Internet cafes however tend to be expensive, about €1.5-2 per hour.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The cheapest way to call someone abroad is to use a pre-paid calling card and call from a land line anywhere (also from your hotel room). Pre-paid calling cards are sold in many shops and kiosks. The calling card is not much more than a phone number and a pin code, which you dial prior to dialing the usual phone number. If you want to call internationally, ask for an international calling card. For one euro you can call for about 45 minutes, so buy a card in the cheapest value (which is about €3). Calling someone for half an hour is cheaper than sending one email from an internet café. Cards expire usually 90 days after first use. You can also use this pre-paid calling card at public phone boxes, which are widely available.
Mobile phones are prevalent in Greek's communication, and if you need to talk with your co-travelers it is advised that you buy a local prepaid plan instead of using roaming, as it is far cheaper. There are at least three mobile carriers, Cosmote, Wind and Vodafone all of which require by law presenting some form of identification in order to activate your prepaid plan. Choose whichever has better reception in your area, keeping in mind that GSM 900, GSM 1800 and UMTS 2100 bands are supported. Data usage is cheap, costing about €3 per 100 MB. Ask the mobile carrier for more information.
Hellenic Post is the Greek postal service. On their website you find more information about options to send letters, postcards and parcels and there is a search function regarding post offices and post boxes. It also has information on services like paying bills, transferring money, financial products etc. Greek post codes are five digits long and are usually written as follows; 123 45. The first three digits are used to identify the city, municipality or prefecture, for example the digits between 100 and 180 relate to the city of Athens. The last two digits identify a street or part of a street. Most post offices are open Monday to Friday from 07:30-14:00, although the largers ones usually have longer opening hours. For sending packages, you can also use international courier services like DHL, UPS or TNT.
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