First Impressions of Ios

Ios was the last Greek island I visited on my tour of the area back in September. As with any place when you’ve only been there 4 days, you can’t really get to know it in depth like a local, but what you can do is gain a first impression, a general feel of the area, what it’s like….

Party island!

Ios is a party island and one that is popular with a lot of backpackers! If getting drunk on a budget is what you’re after then you will love this place! Personally, I’ve done this many times before and I’m kind of past that stage of travel. I’m glad that I had that experience travelling in the past, and I’ve had some crazy nights abroad I’ll never forget, but once you’ve got drunk in one bar you’ve kind of got drunk in them all in my opinion… I’m more interested in seeing a place, learning about Greek life, taking part in adventurous activities, and meeting local Greek people – but I do get why some people would absolutely love this island for it’s party atmosphere! This it

Far Out Beach Club

I wasn’t intending to write about my accommodation while in Ios necessarily, but it pretty much blew me away in value for money so I feel like I should mention it here. I stayed at Far Out Beach Club while I was on the island. For just €8 a night I had the most amazing views on to the beach. The accommodation itself was pretty basic, but it was very clean, and the camp bar was excellent – a nice place to chill out. They also allowed you to use the sun loungers for free unlike some of the more expensive camps I found on islands like Mykonos. For those who don’t want to camp the little huts, there is also a hostel incorporated into Far Out Back Club which offer dorm and private rooms starting from €15 a night too. Mainly though, it was the view, walk on beach location, and super cheap price that impressed me most. I’d avoid the on-camp shop as it’s quite expensive, but the accommodation prices make up for that.

Water sports

Ios was the last island I visited, and therefore the island where I had the least money to spend – which was a shame because I would have loved to have got involved with more water sports while on the island than I had the budget for. Mylopotas beach – where I was staying – had lots of opportunities to go tubing, surfing, wind surfing, snorkeling, canoeing, take boat trips around the island and more. If I ever go back to Ios this is definitely something I will budget more for as it was a lot of fun!

Cheap as chips!

Out of all 4 islands I visited – Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, and Ios – the latter was by far the cheapest across the board for accommodation, eating/drinking out, laundry, taxi’s etc. I think if you are planning to spend a long time in the Greek islands, and are looking for a cheap island to base yourself, Ios is definitely a place you should consider.

– If you liked this article you may also want to read my first impressions of Paros, Greece.

2 Responses to “First Impressions of Ios”

  1. Emma says:

    €8 a night!?? That’s crazy!!!

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