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Being a wedding planner in Greece means always looking for new and exciting destinations where couples can have a memorable destination! Ios is not new but it is definitely exciting and we love it for its charming atmosphere for a wedding! Today we thought to share with you more on why Ios is the perfect location to have a destination wedding in Greece. Ios is the Greek island that’s gone from party town to luxury resort with designer hotels, empty beaches and a burgeoning food scene!
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In the heart of the Cyclades, Ios is a Greek island of legendary nightlife and beautiful beaches but also a tender side you’ll love getting to know. Ios is an island whose reputation precedes it. You might have heard about its renown as a summer party island in the Cyclades, whether on the beach or in the bars that line the cobblestone streets of Hora. The music is turned up and couples from across the world enjoy themselves long into the night. But what about the other face of Ios?
Well, when the day dawns you’ll find traditional Cycladic homes, cafes and children playing in the town squares, alongside stairways coated with whitewash, stylish boutiques and restaurants offering local and international cuisine. And all the while, the beautiful Church of Panagia Gremiotissa that sits above the main town of Ios watches calmly over everything.
What to do on Ios
Enjoy a never-ending party in the Cyclades
Unlimited summer fun! The party guests are young and cool and come from all over the world – Australia, Italy, Austria, America, England, Ireland, Sweden… Holidays in Ios are all about feeling timeless and carefree in the Aegean.
Head to Milopotas beach, the shining star of Ios
The revelry on this iconic beach in Ios begins early. So it’s worth arriving early at Milopotas. A beach with emerald-coloured water, beach bars, fine sand, water sports, cafes…! Sound good to you?
Discover the other side of Hora
Making your way up to Panagia Gremiotissa Church, next to the Venetian castle, you see the Hora of Ios from another perspective. Cube-shaped homes form an amphitheatre and churches emerge from the slopes of this town built upon the site of an ancient city.
Ios’ labyrinth of alleyways is full of Cycladic whitewashed houses and churches, flower-filled patios, aromas emanating from the bakery and women gossiping on their stoops while they knit. Now you’re experiencing authentic Ios.
Get up close and personal with the Hora of Ios
Seek out Homer’s Grave in northern Ios
It’s unlikely that Homer’s Grave contains the remains of Greece’s most famous author, but that shouldn’t stop you from visiting. It can be found by the ancient ruins of a Hellenistic tower to the north of the island, on a cobblestone street that leads to the Palaiokastro (the Old Castle), near a 300m cliff.
Enter the Bronze Age at Skarkos
Only a few minutes outside Hora, a very important settlement from the Proto-Cycladic period has been excavated. You’ll find it following the path along the stone walls spiralling around the hill form Skarko (locals call it karavola, meaning snails). After wandering around the archaeological site, you must definitely visit the Archaeological Museum of Ios.
Hidden gems of Ios island
The 16th-century Agia Theodoti church
To the northeast of Ios, you will find the island’s oldest Orthodox church, built in the 16th century, above the ruins of the Temple of Apollo.
The Theatre of Odysseas Elytis
A striking theatre made up of 1,100 seats above Hora, built in the Ancient Greek style and named after the Nobel award-winning Greek poet Elytis.
The 14th-century Catholic Fragoklissias church
Near Hora’s school, you will find the only Catholic church on Ios, which has been there since the 14th century.
Wedding on Ios Island
Ios is a wonderful destination to have a wedding in the Greek islands. It has stunning venues and top notch wedding vendors. We will be on your side when planning your destination wedding on Ios and be your eyes and ears to the island! We’re always focusing on making your wedding day unforgettable with just the right amount of luxury and glamour. Whether on a private villa or a grand venue, our wedding designs will transform your celebration into what you’ve always dreamed of! Ready to celebrate? Contact us!