The most renowned party island in the Aegean Sea, Ios is famous for its hedonistic summers of sun, sex and booze. In July and August each year, the island is packed with Europe’s hottest bodies (and many Aussie expats living in London!) for water sports and sun baking by day, then parties and clubbing by night.
[ When ]July-August
[ City ]Ios
[ Good For ]Dancing, partying, sun baking, water sports
[ Weather ]Warm and sunny. Imagine Perth without the really hot days.
[ Crowd ]2,000 locals, many, many tourists in peak season
[ Cost ]$$$. Cheap once you get there, but the airfares – wow!
[ Sex Work ]
Legal and regulated
[ Sexy Score ]
The only way to get to Ios is by ferry, either direct from Athens or from another island in the archipelago. It can be costly to get there, but on the island prices (especially drinks!) are very reasonable.
If you want to chill and avoid the parties, visit Ios before or after the July-August peak season and have the beach to yourself...
As a purely tourist based economy, Ios is well suited for travellers of all budgets. You can choose from simple hotel rooms through to self-catered apartments and all inclusive resorts – loved by the Brits.
To stay close to the action, find a hotel as close to Main Square as you can afford – this is where the best nightclubs and bars are and still close to that magnificent beach.
Ios is basically a cheaper and less commercial Ibiza...
Blend sun, cheap alcohol, Europeans sans their inhibitions and you know what happens!
- Party! Try the Fun Pub, The Astra Bar or the Coo Bar
- Sun bake
- Swim in the crystal clear waters
- Hike around the island
- Scuba dive, snorkel, jet ski, kite board...basically spend your days in the water
- Rock out at the Swedish Midsummer Party (late June, annually). It’s as good as it sounds!
Ios is small island with a predominantly tourist population. Crime is low. Injuries or misfortune are generally self-inflicted. Drinking and water sports clearly don’t mix so keep these activities separate. It will be hot so make sure you keep your skin full of sunscreen and your body full of water. Make sure you eat before enjoying those cheap shots of grappa.
Ios does not have a hospital, but it does have a rather busy medical centre, right in the heart of the town. Organised chaos would be the only way to describe the place in the peak season. If you really need help, you may be taken to a larger island or even back to Athens for hospital care.
Ios Medical Centre 84001 IOS, KYKLADES +30 22860 91227
Want to know more?
Sex on holiday happens. Whether planned or not, away from home we lose at least some of inhibitions and may take more risks than we would at home. This is ok, it’s what makes travelling so exciting – and just accepting it before we go is the first step to planning.
To help you get home with no more than a bruised bank account and awesome memories, here are some useful tips: