In the northern part of the island, in the region Plakotos, findings indicated that the tomb of Omeros was there. Later, however it was proved that they belonged to a small temple of Plakylos. The island is considered to be the homeland of the mother of Omeros, Klymeni.
The cosmopolitan Ios with the picturesque bays is extended in an area of 108 sq.km. and it is in a distance of 111 n.m. from Piraeus (about 8 hours).
The capital of the island, Ios or Hora, picturesque and all white- particularly the old settlement that is a preservable place, is spread in the hill above Ghialos, with its white houses, the windmills, the narrow streets and the churches.
At the top of the city it is situated the chapel of St. Nicholas and all around there are the ruins of the middle-age castle, while below the castle in a steep rock with panoramic view there is the byzantine church of Panaghia Gremiotissa, dedicated to the Assumption of Virgin Mary.
In the place of the today’s city it was located the ancient city. Very few remnants are saved from the temple of Pythian Apollo in the place where today is the church of St. Aekaterini (18th century), in the southern entry of Hora. From the church of St. Aekaterini a labyrinth of narrow streets is commencing.
Between the church of St. Aekaterini and the chapel of Aghii Anargyri in antiquity there was the open public place (agora) of the city.
The most important prehistoric settlement is situated in a small hill in the inmost part of the harbour, in the location Skarkos. Here it was discovered a significant settlement of the 3rd millennium B.C. that proves how much the urbanization had been evoluted in Cyclades.
It is also worthwhile to visit the Archaeological Museum in Hora as well as the Museum of Modern Art in Kolitsani. As a natural extension and in small altitude behind Hora it is located Epano Kampos, while other smaller cultivating regions surround the beaches of Aghia Theodoti, Psathi, Magganari, Mylopotas.
Ormos is the harbour of the island sheltered from the wind, being one of the three bigger natural harbours of Aegean sea. The village is in a distance of 2 km. west of Hora and the people of Ios call it Ghyalos.
Beautiful churches are St. Irini (17th century) and St. George, in the middle of the distance between Ghyalos and Hora. Behind the port Kampos is spread.
Mylopotas is in a distance of 3 km. from Hora and it is its marvellous immense beach that has made Ios famous.
Magganari is one of the most wonderful regions of Ios, in the southeastern side of Hora with many sandy beaches and small ports. From Magganari the road leads to a magnificent landscape as on the left it is the mountainous Pyrgos, as far as the monastery of Kalamos and ends in Plakes.
In Ios you can enjoy swimming in a quiet beach, walking alone in a calm environment but you can also experience exciting nights in the many and full of liveness bars of Hora till daybreak.