When you visit the volcanic island of Santorini, it is essential you sail day trips from Santorini to its neighboring islands. This provides you with an opportunity to see other parts of the Aegean Sea as you transit from one island to the other.
There are several surrounding islands which you can travel to on a day trip from Santorini, and each one has its unique attribute and expectations you should be prepared for. Here, we will take a look at day trips from Santorini to Ios island.
About Ios Island, Greece
Ios island, Greece is one of the Cyclades, and it is most famous for its beautiful beaches, its breathtaking capital, Chora and a busy-intense nightlife among youths and young adult. It is popularly referred to as ‘Island of Dream.’ Apart from the ever busy crowds, other features of the island which you should expect when you go there on a day trip from Santorini include beautiful beaches with soft, fine sand and emerald colored waters; narrow paved streets linking the capital (Chora) and breathtaking views of the sea.
Whether you are on a Santorini honeymoon trip or just a summer tour, Ios should be included in your list of neighboring islands to visit. You can inquire for the available day trips from Santorini to Ios at your Santorini hotel Oia reception desk.
Before signing up for a day trip to Ios, you should ensure you confirm the pickup and dropoff points as well as whether meals are offered on board or you need to pack a lunch or prepare to eat an Ios delicacy while there. You should also confirm how long the day trip will last so you can be adequately prepared and well-scheduled.
The usually takeoff points are the Old Port of Fira and the Port of Athinios. Once your trip vessels sets course, be prepared to cruise through the caldera where you’d see evidence of the renowned Santorini Volcano. This will take you through the island’s evolution over several centuries. The journey from Santorini's ports to Ios port is in about 60 minutes.
Once your ship berth at Ios, you can tour through dream island by local buses or confirm if your tour company is sponsoring one in your ticket. Ensure your bus tour through Ios Island takes you to the island’s capital. You should also check out the church of St. Irene which was built in the 17th century.
While at Ios, you should check out some of its beautiful beaches especially Mylopotas beach. The turquoise blue waters and fine sands will give all it takes to appeal to your relaxation. You should also check out the scattered beachside shops for gifts and souvenirs for keepsake reminder of your day trip from Santorini. Taverns, cafes, and restaurants are also available for your satisfaction.
If you conclude your day trip from Santorini a few hours before sunset, you will have a unique opportunity of seeing the beautiful sunset Oia Santorini Greece is famous for.
Before and after going on your day trip from Santorini to Ios, you will need a suitable and comfortable accommodation which will help make it easier for you to get used to both islands. To cater for this, there are several hotels in Oia which you can lodge in. You might also find Santorini Cave houses such as the Strogili Traditional Houses.