Exploring Chora, Ios - #LifeOnIos
There are very few places in the world which pictures do not do justice to. The Greek islands are one of those places - the first time I stepped on Mykonos and Santorini, it was as if I was in a dream (or a Pinterest board!).
This time round, it was the island of Ios that stole my heart and painted it white and blue.
The island is mostly undeveloped, which adds on to its charm, but the tiny town, Chora, is gorgeous and a must-see. While at night it is jam-packed with clubbers and bar-hoppers, I loved it most during the day, where everything is still and quiet. Its narrow winding alleys pull you in, as you wander around, discovering charming little houses and views.
The town is built on the side of a hill, but walking up is not a challenge - I was too distracted by the views and the atmosphere to realise I was walking uphill! The town is also the best place to stay when in Ios, being the hub for public transport and all amenities. It's also the place to be if you want to meet new faces, or simply befriend the local cats!
Ios is well known for its churches - a grand total of 365 all over the island! They're all whitewashed and accented with hues of blue, the classic style in the Cyclades. While admiring the view, don't forget that most of these churches are still in use today, so please show them respect - no climbing on top of roofs for that money shot!
Chora also has around twelve windmills at its higher peaks, and they are worth a visit, even though sadly they are in dire need of repairs. The area is also excellent for picking up some local produce - don't miss out on the honey and cheese!
As the sun slowly makes its descent, make your way up to the church of Panagia Gremiotissa at the very top of Chora's hill. Take friends or a loved one and some wine with you, and enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets you'll ever witness.
And there you have it, you've explored the only town on the island! The beauty of compact islands is that you can fit in so much in your precious days abroad. Let me know your favourite Ios spots in the comments below! X