Luxury holidays in Ios
When to go
Though Ios is not the party polestar it once was, you’ll still find a hedonistic haunt or two open from mid June through August. Introverts and peace-seekers may prefer the more humble offerings of spring and autumn when the island reclines into more relaxed rhythms.
PlanesThe nearest hub is in neighbouring Santorini. Flights arrive at the island’s Thira International Airport from all over Europe as well as the Middle East and UAE. From here, the ferry to Ios takes around an hour. For those travelling from the USA or further afield, fly to Athens International then take the ferry from Piraeus port direct to Ios. Avoid the nine-hour voyage by booking on a SeaJets service, which gets you there in four. With limited daily services, advance booking is highly recommended.
AutomobilesDriving is the best way to discover the island’s many hidden beaches. The roads of hilly Ios can be steep, so go for a sturdy vehicle with plenty of horsepower.