Lovely little whitewashed houses, narrow cobblestone alleys, scenic clifftop villages, and fascinating beaches are just some of the characteristics of Greek island Ios. It’s one of the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades, attracting tourists both from Europe and all over the world. If you’re contemplating your next getaway, Ios is a perfect choice. What’s more, a one-kilometre long stretch of fine golden sand and sparkling blue waters i.e. the beach of Mylopotas, will make your vacation relaxing, thrilling and, on top of everything, unforgettable. Check out why Mylopotas attracts thousands of tourists year after year in this brief guide.
Mylopotas is one of the most visited beaches in Ios. That is probably due to the fact that it lies only 3 km away from the main village of Ios (Chora). Mylopotas is nothing short of a Greek seaside gem. A stunning sandy bay featuring azure waters and awarded with a Blue Flag. People who like to isolate themselves from other visitors who enjoy the sunbeds will appreciate the fact that aside from an organized area equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas, Mylopotas also has a separate area, where tourists can lie under the sun and spend their vacation on their own. You’ll find a myriad of beach bars, tavernas, restaurants and shops to have a true touristic experience in Ios.
For those who seek tranquillity and relaxation, we suggest you go to the beach early in the morning, when there’s not too much crowd. On the other hand, party lovers and adventure seekers will find their Mecca in Mylopotas. A number of cafes, restaurants and beach bars on the spot will guarantee unforgettable parties and night outs that will make your vacation the most memorable ever.
You can easily get to Mylopotas by bus. Tourists can catch a bus to and from the Port, through the main village of Chora. When you decide to go to Mylopotas, you can find a bus every 15 minutes in Chora. The ride takes approximately 10-15 minutes, depending on your start point. Alternatively, you can enjoy the full panoramic view of Mylopotas Beach and walk down the old donkey trail to the beach. The walk will take about 20 minutes, which is not much longer than the bus ride, and you’ll get that gorgeous fresh sea air too. Not only will you witness some of the most breath-taking views, but you will also have the opportunity to take some of the most iconic photographs of Ios.
Things to Do
Mylopotas offers an array of water sport activities for people of all ages. Whether you’re into Stand-Up Paddle, wakeboarding, bananas, or maybe tube rides, ringos, water skiing, and jet skiing, Mylopotas has it all. Feel free to try out windsurfing and have a wonderful and active experience in Ios.
Fly a kite go wakeboarding, kneeboarding, barefoot, or explore the secluded bays on a pedal boat, kayaks or canoes. Mylopotas really offers a full spectrum of activities for a thrilling vacation. Not a fan of the adrenaline rush? Then you should go for beach football or volleyball.
Scuba diving course
Scuba diving is inevitable in Ios. You won’t be able to resist diving into those crystalline waters and enjoying everything that the sea world hides. If you’ve never gone scuba diving, you can take a course and have some of the best instructors teach you this thrilling sport. The expert instructors use up to date equipment to ensure your safety while scuba diving.
Visit the Museum of Modern Art
Mylopotas isn’t just about fun in the sun. For those who want to soak up a little bit of culture, there’s the Museum of Modern Art. The museum is placed in the mansion of the French philhellene Jean Marie Dort. It hosts several works of arts originated from Greece, France, Haiti, Poland, and Italy. You can see paintings, photographs, and sculptures of various kinds, and enjoy some peace and quiet.
Where to Stay
Ios Deep Blue Rooms
One of the top accommodations near Mylopotas is Deep Blue Rooms. This traditionally-built accommodation lies only a few meters away from Mylopotas, which is why many tourists prefer to stay there and reach the beach easily and quickly enough. All the beach facilities, including shops, restaurants, and a bus stop, are nearby, so you’ll have everything in the palm of your hand, basically. The establishment features cosy and bright double and triple rooms, decorated in traditional style. All rooms come with a private bathroom, fridge, air conditioning, television, and free Wi-Fi. Guests will also have a private furnished balcony with breath-taking views of the beach of Mylopotas.
Ios Dionysos Seaside Resort
Another accommodation situated near the breath-taking Mylopotas beach is Dionysos Seaside Resort. With a wide selection of elegant rooms featuring a balcony or terrace, you’ll wake up every morning with a mesmerizing look at the sea. Alternatively, you can choose some of the rooms with a pool or garden view instead. All the rooms are designed for your true comfort and convenience, aiming to offer you nothing but the ultimate comfort and service.
At Dionysos Seaside Resort, guests can choose between standard double rooms which can accommodate 2-3 guests, a superior double room for 2 guests, and a family room for 3-4 guests. Standard double rooms are located on the first or the ground floor of every building, each featuring a private terrace overlooking the pools or the gardens. Superior double rooms are situated on the top level of the first two buildings, and they all have a balcony overlooking the beach of Mylopotas and the hotel pools. As far as a family room is concerned, those are spacious rooms with two bedrooms, including individual bathrooms and balconies. Based on the first floor of the buildings. The rooms at the resort facilitate a private balcony/terrace, queen size bed, air conditioning, satellite TV, safe deposit box, mini bar, phone, hairdryer, as well as personal care products.
The resort is proud to present you with an outdoor swimming pool, children’s pool, sunbeds, umbrellas, and pool towels. On top of that, there’s also a tennis court, fully-equipped fitness centre, children’s playground, a la carte restaurant, pool bar, open-air amphitheatre, and a TV lounge. If you ever need to run an errand or you need a business emergency, they’ll offer you fax and internet services, an internet corner, and a reader’s corner.
Where and What to Eat
Elpis Restaurant is one of the best places to eat, situated on the right side of Mylopotas Bay. It is a family business serving the best traditional Greek dishes and mezedes in Ios. Their desserts will enchant your taste buds, so be sure to try a walnut pie, the chocolate soufflé, and the traditional sweets, like baklava and kataifi. Some of the main courses we warmly recommend you try include stuffed calamari, lamb kleftiko, pork fillet, chicken souvlaki, grilled stuffed squid, beef in tomato, and stuffed zucchini balls (Kolokithia yemista) covered with avgolemono sauce.
Harmony Mexican restaurant is a unique place for everyone who’d like to try something other than traditional Greek cuisine. Harmony Mexican is situated in the northern headland of Mylopotas Beach in a hacienda-style house seemingly carved out of the rock face. Overlooking the bay, you’ll have the best view while enjoying delicious food. The menu features food with rich flavours of Mexican cuisine and a wide range of Mexican dishes. Enjoy everything from tortillas to tamales, nachos, fajitas, burritos and many vegetable dishes. You’ll enjoy the chill vibe and music that will make your visit truly memorable.
If you’re planning your next vacation, Greece must be on your bucket list. If you choose Ios as your holiday getaway, make sure to visit Mylopotas beach and enjoy all the benefits it offers. From engaging beach life to a myriad of restaurants and fabulous accommodation, you’ll have the time of your life on this lovely Greek island.