Style: Freeride, Freestyle, Slalom
Level: Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Close to the picturesque port of Ios, you will find Gialos (or Yialos), a small settlement with important tourist development. The beach is the main beach at the Port in Ios. It is a great anchorage for cabin cruisers and small yachts, and hence it can get quite busy during peak season in Ios Greece. Port bay is known for its perfect wind conditions during the summer months, creating an easy access to the windsurfers.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Shallow (walking several steps not to step on)
A Blue Flag beach.
Access to Gialos:
Gialos is only a few meters away from the port.
Access to Ios:
Arrival by Airplane: There is no airport on Ios, but it is served by the airport on Santorini, from which you can continue your journey by conventional ferry (about 1,5 hours) or by high-speed ferry (about 40 minutes).
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: Ios can be accessed by high speed, semi high speed and conventional boats. During the summer months there are daily itineraries between the ports of Piraeus and Rafina (about an hour drive from Athens) and the main port of Ios.
The high speed boat ride takes about 4,5 hours to reach Ios Island; the semi high speed boat takes about 6 and the conventional boat can take up to 7-8 hours, depending on the layovers. Ios is also connected to all the other islands of Cyclades, during the summer months (Santorini, Amorgos, Anafi, Koufonisia, Serifos, Kythnos, Mykonos, Paros, Tinos, Syros, Folegandros etc.) or from Crete, in which case journey times depend on the ferry schedules.
Local Transportation: When you arrive in Ios, you can either use the public transportation (local bus) or taxis or, even better, rent a car (or a motorbike in the summer) at the car rental agencies that surround the port.
Arrival by Car: There are many car rental agencies on the island, mainly located around the port, but also in Chora and in Mylopota. Make sure you book well ahead, especially if you are planning on visiting the island during the months of July and August (peak season). If the agency does not have an office in the port, they will gladly bring the car to you upon your arrival.
You should always remember that the streets on all the islands are small, sometimes dangerous, on steep cliffs and with abrupt turns. You also need to remember that you cannot park anywhere. Buses are bulky, the streets are narrow and if you are on the way, a tow truck might move your car and you will most definitely get a ticket. Remember not to violate the speed limits. Except from dangerous, some streets are often crossed by animals and/or pedestrians in the middle of nowhere.
Arrival by Bus: Ios has a very good road network and an excellent public transportation system with new buses, which depart regularly from the port to various destinations (villages and beaches), but more often to Chora and Mylopota, where most of the hotels are located. There are bus stops every 500 meters or so, however if you kindly ask the driver, he will drop you anywhere you want, as long as it’s on the way.
Arrival by Taxi: Few taxis can be found in the island. The main taxi stand is just outside Chora. You are advised to ask beforehand about the fare, in order to avoid unpleasant surprises. You can hail them, while on the street, but if the driver has been called already, he might not give you a ride. You can always ask, but don’t be surprised if they don’t stop.