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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 1 August 2015
16 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 1 AUGUST 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Ios: the fun par The Cyclades’ hilly island with cliffs down to end Papa Cove in Ios. ALEXANDRA MANATAKIS If there was one Greek god who would make their home in the island of Ios it would certainly be Dionysus; god of wine, revelry, madness and the celebration of chaos. Such words encapsulate the vibrant party atmosphere that is found there. With travellers from across the globe drawn to this Greek island for its legendary festivities, you may well find that this charming yet vibrant hotspot will provide you with the wildest memories of summer in Europe. Ios belongs in the Cyclades group of islands, just a four-hour ferry ride from the capital city of Athens - and ferry will be your only option, as there is no airport on Ios. However, don't mistake the island as simply one enormous raging party, as it is equally renowned for its delicately beautiful and classical Greek streetscapes. The main settlement, Ios Town (also known as Chora), is yet another charmer that reflects the immaculate beauty of a cluster of whitewashed stone buildings, perched ever so peacefully on the side of a mountain. Catering for young energetic crowds, Ios Town's flourishing entertainment, food and shopping establishments are as strong as ever, making it the perfect destination. Accomodation-wise, Ios can offer both calm and isolation in idyllic boutique hotels or apartments, as well as central camping sites and modern boutique hotels. Staying at Far Out Village will mean you are totally immersed in the crazy party life all day long. Its grounds are divided into two areas: Far Out Camping and Far Out Hotel. Both areas have a swimming pool, computers and mini-market. The hotel is certainly the flashier side of Far Out with 45 rooms, a restaurant, a bar and even a sushi 'cave' to satisfy those poolside edamame cravings. The Village Camping provides tents as well as bungalows for those who can't live without aircon or a comfy bed, and will only cost a little more. Meanwhile, apart from the day beach parties thrown by Far Out and the 'Life is a Beach Party' sailing crew, always ready to take you on a cruise around the island, the avid traveller can even learn how to dive with the Meltemi Diving Centre. Staying in Ios Town (Chora) means you get the best of both worlds. With buses heading down to the beach from the town's centre square every half hour, getting to the beach is a breeze. Only a 10-minute walk from the famous Mylopotas Beach, the Levantes Ios Boutique Hotel is located over the sandy beach, offering views towards the neighbouring islands. It features a pool and elegant accommodation with balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea. Francesco's is an incredible hostel/ hotel right in the heart of Ios Town, which makes the nightlife very accessible. The combination of dormitories and hotel rooms means it can cater for a variety of travellers on all sorts of budgets. The rooms are very clean, cool and the hostel atmosphere is perfect for partying in Ios. Meeting fellow travellers is effortless, and Francesco's comes with a pool that overlooks Ios town and the nearby port. The establishment also offers transfers from the port via mini bus, and Francesco and his family are very warm, welcoming and helpful. For those coming to Ios, this is highly recommended. Hermes Hotel is located between Ios Town and Mylopotas beach; the perfect hotel if you want to balance your experience with an incredible view of Ios Town from a different perspective, even when you are sinking in its swimming pool. Hermes also offers transfers from the port. Ios Resort is found right across from the town's main road. Like Hermes, it also has pool parties with cheap drinks and deep tunes for chilling out during the day - great for meeting and hanging out with fellow young travellers.
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