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THE BEACHES AND NATURIST BEACHES ON THE ISLAND OF IOS IN GREECE

The best beach of Ios and one of the best beaches in the Aegean is the beach of Mylopotas, which is situated just outside the port on its east side. It is a large beach with golden sand which can easily accommodate all the visitors, even in high season. The beach is backed by bars, tavernas and hotels. On the rest of the island the roads are not so good and it's a lot more quiet. Two beautiful beaches are Manganari in the south and Agios Theodotis on the north coast. These are the two naturist beaches of Ios. Near Psathi Beach, in Paleokastro, are the church of Panagia Paleokastritissa the ruins of a Byzantine kastro. Just before you reach Psathi Beach, on the right hand side of the road, you can also find the remains of an antique temple.

Ios Manganari & Tris Klisies Beach Manganari is located furthest from the capital (about 23 kilometers) but is easily accessible by a paved road. From the port, Mylopotas Beach and the Chora there is a bus service to the beach. Manganari Beach actually consists of two large beaches next to each other and a number of smaller coves with beaches. It's quieter than in Mylopotas. On some stretches of beach there are sunbeds and parasols for hire. During the last few years more and more tavernas and hotels have been built around Manganari, so the beach has become less suitable for naturists (at least not in high season). The beaches that are at some distance from the main beaches, those situated in the small coves, are the most appropriate and these are sometimes still used by naturists. A little north of Manganari, accessible over a path is the beach called Tris Klisies (Three Trees), which is also suitable for naturists. Just before you reach Manganari you turn left and follow a path (indicated by 'follow path to the beach'). The route to Tris Klisied Beach is indicated with blue dots. On this beach there are no facilities.

Agia Theodotis Beach, which is named after a 16th century church that is placed above the beach on a hill, lies in the north of the island of Ios at about 14 kilometers distance from the capital. There also appears to be a bus that is going to this beach. Agia Theodotis Beach is also one of the most beautiful beaches of the island. It is about two kilometers long and sandy and there are some facilities (two tavernas and there are also some sunbeds and parasols for hire). On the stretch of beach the furthest removed from the tavernas there is (at least outside the high season) also place for naturists. There are trees for those who prefer to lie in the shade. In Agia Theodoti Beach are remains of a Hellenistic tower and an ancient aqueduct.

Koumbara Beach, which is situated about a 15 minutes walk from the port of Ios (just over the hill), used to be (partly) a naturist beach. The beach remains relatively quiet, but today it seems that it has become just about a 100% textile beach. Maybe you still can lie here without a swimsuit when you are there off season. It is not a particularly spectacular beach with a combination of mostly sand and a few pebbles. There are some facilities in high season (beach beds and umbrellas). If you walk a little further along the coastline you will encounter some more pebble beaches and at a few coves with beaches with black sand.

Psathi Beach is located in the east of the island of Ios and consists of a large sandy beach with on both sides a smaller sandy beach. At the beach you find the church of Agios Ioannis. On a small portion of the beach, it seems, there are beach beds and umbrellas for rent during the high season, and just above the beach is a taverna. Psathi Beach has a long sandy beach. It's even quieter than Manganari Beach of Agia Theodiki Beach, so here perhaps there is still room for naturist off season. On the way to the beach you will come across a path that leads to the old castle of Paleokastro. The road is winding and a bit steep, so it can be tiring on a very hot day, but it seems it's worth the walk.

Ios Hotels - Dimitris Rooms at the beach of Manganari
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Just 80 metres from the picturesque Manganari Beach, Dimitris offers air-conditioned accommodation with Aegean Sea view. It features a beachfront restaurant and a stone-built snack bar. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. All bright rooms and apartments are fitted with iron beds and open to a furnished balcony or patio. Facilities include a TV and fridge. Some also come with a kitchenette and kitchenware. Enjoying panoramic sea views, the on-site restaurant serves Greek homemade dishes and seafood. Refreshing drinks and light meals are prepared at the snack bar. A bus stop is located just next to Dimitris Rooms. The 24-hour front desk can arrange car rental to explore the island and free parking is possible on site. Ios Port is around 28 km away.

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Ios Hotels - Helena's Rooms at the beach of Manganari
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Only 10 metres from the picturesque Manganari Beach in Ios, Helena's Rooms offers spacious, air-conditioned accommodation. The white-washed lodging includes an outside, covered restaurant overlooking the Aegean Sea. Free private parking is available on site. All Helena's rooms and studios open out to a shaded balcony with sea view. They come with a TV and fridge. Some units also include a kitchenette with cooking hobs, and a dining area. Guests can start their day with a full English breakfast and continue with other meals, including Greek specialties and fresh fish. Refreshing drinks are served at the on-site bar. The 24-hour desk can arrange car rentals and tours around the island. Ios Town is 23 km away from the property. A bus station can be found just outside Helena's Rooms. Wi-Fi is available in public areas upon charge.

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Ios Hotels - Psathi Beach Guesthouse at the beach of Psathi
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Quietly situated right on the unspoilt beach of Psathi in Ios, this property offers air-conditioned rooms with a balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea. A traditional, seafront restaurant with fresh seafood is 20 metres away. A fridge and coffee maker are included in all rooms at the Psathi Beach guesthouse. Each has a TV. A private bathroom with shower is included. Ios Town is 17 km away from the Psathi Beach. Mylopotas Beach is at 18 km.

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Ios Hotels - Koukos at the beach of Agia Theodoti
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Just a 3-minute walk from the sandy beach of Agia Theodoti in Ios, Koukos features a Greek traditional restaurant and snack bar. It offers air-conditioned rooms with a furnished balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea and the mountains. A fridge is included in all rooms at the Koukos. Each has a private bathroom with shower. Breakfast is served in the dining area. Guests enjoy special rates at the restaurant. Drinks and coffee are provided at the snack bar. Room service is also available. Ios Town and the port are 10 km away from the property. Mylopotas Beach is at 11 km.

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