Ios town, also called Chora, is the capital of the island of Ios. It is actually a large village on a hill in the west of the island. It is a typical Cycladic village featuring whitewashed cottages with blue window frames and doors. Everywhere you see white Greek churches with their characteristic blue domes.
The main historical attraction of this town is the castle, also called Kastro. Perched at the top of the hill is the church of Aghios Nikolaos and the ruins of the medieval castle (built at the end of the 14th century). In the village are several old windmills. A walk through the narrow traditional streets is a pleasant experience. There are nice restaurants and bars and even nightclubs. At night, Ios town becomes a big party center! You can find all kinds of souvenirs in the tourist shops.
It's fun to walk to the top of the hill, because from there you have a fantastic view over the sea, including the islands of Santorini and Sikinos and a large part of central Ios.
Text: Jorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Edited by Katrina Butzer