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36°42.96′N, 25°19.87′E Chart icon.png
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Satellite view of Ios

Ios (Ίος) or Nios for many cruisers is not a favorite island in the Cyclades. This is because the island has been completely overrun by tourists, lots of them, and of the worst sort: loud, aggressive, and high on drugs.

There are several berthing options in the harbour, either using the laid moorings supplied or your own anchor. Shelter in the harbour is good in the prevailing winds, although it can become uncomfortable in strong southerlies.


1037 Nisís Falkonera to Nísos iOS
G33 Southern Cyclades (West)
54320 Kiklades Nisoi to Kriti
423 Paros to Astypalia


See Aegean Sea.





  • Goast Guard - VHF channel 12
  • Olympia Radio - VHF channels 61 & 62

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


The approaches to Ios are straightforward.



Chart of Port Ios

Port Ios

Port Ios/wiki/Ios#Port_Ios
Harbour icon Port Ios [[Ios#Port Ios|Port Ios]] 36°43.4′N, 25°16.1′E
Port of Entry

Port Ios or Yialos is the only port on the island. It provides excellent shelter from the meltemi but during the peak holiday period it is so noisy with infernal disco music and loud beer parties, and worse, that it is sometimes impossible to sleep. Moor stern-to the quay on the east side of the inlet, where there are pickup lines, or anchor moor on the quay extension that forms the outer breakwater of the adjacent fishing boat harbour. The bottom is mud and provides excellent holding. Most of the NE side of the quay is currently (June 2009) occupied by a laid up ferry and the rest of the NE side is used by the working ferries.

Secure your boat well off the quay as ferry arrivals cause a considerable temporary surge in the harbour. Anchoring in the bay is not permitted as it obstructs the ferries.

There is a narrow cove/wiki/Ios#narrow_coveAnchorage icon narrow cove [[Ios#narrow cove|narrow cove]] 36°43.4′N, 25°15.9′E just NW of the harbour where one boat can squeeze in. It is a safe anchorage but it can develop a strong and uncomfortable swell and is exposed to southerlies. The holding is good and it is very quiet in the evening after all the bathers have departed.

There is also (September, 2013) a pontoon for approx. 10 yachts on the S side of the inlet. There are no moorings, so you need a drop an anchor. It might be a less secure place since you get the prevailing winds on your bow. And because of funnelling you may get winds of force seven and more. --Dreamsails 14:08, 18 October 2013 (BST)

Danger: There is a treacherous reef of Cape Xeres on the SE entrance of the bay.
Port iOS

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



Chart of Milopotamos Bay

Milopotamos Bay

Milopotamos Bay/wiki/Ios#Milopotamos_Bay
Anchorage icon Milopotamos Bay [[Ios#Milopotamos Bay|Milopotamos Bay]] 36°42.7′N, 25°17.5′E
Milopotamos is a bay just S of Port Ios. While the shelter here is good, but not as good as in Port Ios, it is a quieter place to spend the night. There are four coves that can be used. The two easternmost coves provide better shelter. The bottom is sand and weed; good holding.

Koumbaras Bay

Koumbaras Bay/wiki/Ios#Koumbaras_Bay
Anchorage icon Koumbaras Bay [[Ios#Koumbaras Bay|Koumbaras Bay]] 36°43.379'N, 025°15.364'E
This is a bay N of Port Ios. The shelter here is average.
Chart of Manganari Bay

Manganari Bay

Manganari Bay/wiki/Ios#Manganari_Bay
Anchorage icon Manganari Bay [[Ios#Manganari Bay|Manganari Bay]] 36°39.4′N, 25°22.1′E

Manganari is a large bay on S tip of the island. The bay affords good shelter from meltemi although there can be intermittent gusts.

Anchor in 3-4 m at either the head of the bay or on the E. The bottom is sand and provides good holding.


Water Port Ios: on the E pier (buy a key in the nearby tourist office)
Electricity Port Ios: on the E pier (buy a key in the nearby tourist office)
We paid 10 euros for water and electricity for two days. --Dreamsails 14:08, 18 October 2013 (BST)
Toilets N/A (Not Available)
Showers N/A
Laundry ?
Garbage There are bins around the harbors and in several anchorages
Fuel None
Bottled gas Give details on cooking gas (Camping Gaz, butane, propane, etc) suppliers. If there are no suppliers in the island just enter "N/A".
Chandlers None
Repairs N/A
  • In Internet cafés
  • Sept. 2013 : there is free WiFi in the whole port area --Dreamsails 14:08, 18 October 2013 (BST)
Mobile connectivity Good 3G signal
Vehicle rentals Town of Ios/wiki/Ios#Town_of_IosCar icon Town of Ios [[Ios#Town of Ios|Town of Ios]] 36°43.611'N, 025°16.752'E several agencies.


Port Ios/wiki/Ios#.5B.5B.23Port_Ios.7CPort_Ios.5D.5DProvisions icon Port Ios [[Ios#Port Ios|Port Ios]] Many food stores.

Town of Ios/wiki/Ios#Town_of_IosProvisions icon Town of Ios [[Ios#Town of Ios|Town of Ios]] 36°43.611'N, 025°16.752'E Many food stores.

Eating out

Bad restaurants in the harbour
  • Town of Ios
Better tavernas in the town of Ios


There are daily ferries and in the summer hydrofoils to other islands and to Piraeus.



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The town of Ios
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The Windmills in Ios

There is a tradition that Homer's mother came from Ios, and that Homer himself is buried here on the mountain near Plakotos which was an Ionian town and had a temple of Apollo.

Places to Visit

Ios, the inland capital of the island, used to be, some 20 years ago, charming with working windmills. Now, at least during the summer months, it is a madhouse. --Istioploos

We stayed here for a week or so in June 2012. We found it to be a peaceful place. Just down the road from the port is the Corali Hotel where you can use the beach chairs or swimming pool for the price of a drink. Some nights there was a little noise from a Boat Bar in the port but nothing too obtrusive. --Trenelly 07:11, 3 August 2012 (BST)


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)


  • Ios at the Wikipedia
  • Ios at the Wikivoyage


See Greece.


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  • I usually avoid this island because it is too crowded and rather noisy. --Istioploos
  • We loved this island. --Trenelly

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