White-walled buildings and domes stacked up against the Mediterranean hillside, flaring into pink as the sun sets over the vast blue Aegean sea – idyllic Ios has captivated the imaginations of travelers for centuries. If you do get any sleep on the Greek island of Ios, it will be at about this time, sunset, that you wake up in your holiday villa from an extended siesta to the dulcet sound of waves lapping up against the beach, warm Aegean breezes caressing your face. You’ll be well refreshed for another night – and day – of revelry and fun; Ios rivals Ibiza as one of Europe’s biggest party islands.
World famous DJs in a plethora of nightclubs and discos fill the night with the primal thumping and thudding of Trance, House and Dance, a scene that has evolved into something truly innovative, spectacular and entertaining. Indeed, Ios isn’t new to the game, as American and European hippies made this secret island their party destination as early as the 1970s. There was a time, of course, when Ios was a peaceful, out-of-the-way island known for its pristine tranquility. Those days are not entirely over – you can still find a few peaceful corners on this magnificent island.
You yourself should try to wake up early and catch at least a few hours of daylight. The beaches are truly splendid. While Mylopotas is by far the favorite destination for those to begin sipping their first ice-cold daiquiris of the day and taking in the best view of toned and bronzed bodies by daylight, a less crowded and more idyllic feel can be attained by visiting the quieter beaches out at Koumbara Bay, where the mysteriously endless blue of the Aegean provides a wistful reminder of the rich mythology inspired in these islands. The hours of journeying by boat here give a definite feeling that you’ve landed on the end of the world, and that anything can happen.
It probably will, especially if you start out at the club Aftershock, simply because it’s hot. The pulsing music drives the dancing bodies across the dance floor and through conversations at the bar. Other great clubs include the Ios Club, Mojo, Lemon Club and Planet Ios. Of course, the best place to relax after a night out is the comfort of your Ios villa or holiday apartment. Book early and start practicing your dancing skills.