Outdoor Sports to Enjoy in Ios, Greece

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The beautiful island of Ios, Greece has wonderful beaches, glorious scenery, and captivating villages. The churches, windmills, and cultural attractions will keep you busy during your trip to the island. If you are hoping to spend time outdoors and being active, you can do that too! The island of Ios has plenty of opportunity for that.

Go Scuba Diving

The coastline of Ios is varied and provides a lot of exploration for scuba divers. The island of Ios is home to a scuba diving center that was established in 2007 by an experienced family in the area of water sports. The center is located at the main beach of Mylopotas. Thanks to the sheltered position, they are able to offer lessons should you need them or want a refresher before heading out. All levels of divers are welcome. Scuba diving around Ios is an amazing experience. There are shipwrecks, volcanic underwater caves, and interesting reefs ready to be explored.

Try Kite Surfing or Windsurfing

Ios has ideal conditions for kite surfing and windsurfing especially during the summer months when the winds are at their strongest. The gear for both is roughly the same, but kite surfing gear is the more fragile of the two. The good news is you’ll find plenty of options for both on the island of Ios. You will find windsurfing centers at the beaches of Gialos and Mylopotas. You can take lessons if you need them and equipment is available for rent. Mylopotas has a kite surfing center.

Go for a Hike

The landscape of Ios provides many paths that are perfect for hiking. One route is the beautiful one that leads from Mylopotas Beach through Klima and Pikri Nero. The route then goes to Magganari Beach. Another route begins at Chora and goes to Kolitsani Beach. There is a lot of natural beauty along this route, so don’t forget your camera! There are hiking routes of all lengths, from under one kilometer to over ten kilometers.

Go Camping

If you’d rather camp than stay at a hotel, Ios has options for you. Ios has camping sites and caravan sites. They are set up in such a way that you have access to amenities you want while still being able to get a feel for the camping experience. This is perfect if you’re not someone who does a lot of camping, but want to try something new. Far Out Camping just one of the choices available to you. Set up on Mylopotas Beach in 30,000 square feet of olive grove terraces, they offer camping, bungalows, free internet, a pool, bar and lounge, and fitness center.

Getting to Ios is possible via ferry from Athens and other islands that are nearby including Santorini, Paros, and Milos. There is no airport in Ios, the closest one is in Santorini.

The beautiful island of Ios, Greece is a wonderful destination for anyone who loves outdoor sports and being outdoors in general.

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