Built on a hillside in the typical architectural style of the Cyclades, the traditional settlement enchants visitors with its picturesque scenery. Wander among the white cube-shaped houses and stigadia (covered alleyways). Must-see sights include the 14th-century Catholic church and Anixis Square with its 12 windmills, especially at sunset.
The Church of the Virgin Mary Gremiotissa
This historic 18th-century church is built at the top of a rock and is the highest point in Ios Town. Its courtyard has magnificent views, especially at sunset, taking in Sikinos and Santorini.
The Yannis Gaitis & Gavriela Simosi Museum
This beautiful private museum above Ios Town houses[p1] exceptional works by the eminent Greek artist and his sculptor wife, as well as their collection of Greek and foreign modernist paintings.
The Jean-Marie Drot Museum of Modern Art
The mansion of the French philhellene painter Jean-Marie Drot, who was drawn to Greece by its natural landscapes and the quality of its light, has been turned into an excellent private museum containing a rich collection of the artist’s paintings, sculptures, engravings, photographs, and furniture. It is located in Mylopotas.
This 16th-century Venetian-Byzantine fortress was part of an inter-island network of communication, and, in the case of enemy incursions, was able to send word to the capital of the Byzantine Empire in Constantinople. Come in the afternoon to admire the fascinating ruins and gaze at the Aegean from its walls, walking the path at the edge of the cliff.
The Archaeological Museum
Housed in a neoclassical building in Ios Town, this modern museum presents significant finds from excavations on Skarkos Hill and the prehistoric cemetery, as well as objects from the ancient city of Ios. The collection covers the period from the Early Cycladic to the Roman era.
The locals have for centuries claimed a Hellenistic tower near the ruined settlement of Plakotos as Homer’s burial place. It can be reached via a marked trail and offers unparalleled views of the Aegean.
The Odysseas Elytis Theatre
Designed by architect Peter Haupt and modelled on the ancient Greek theatres of Sicily, this open-air marble theatre with 1100 seats is dedicated to the poet Odysseas Elytis. Located in the delightful environs of Tsoukalaria, it has panoramic views of the horizon, the port, and Mylopotas, especially at sunset.
Ios has one of the best-organised hiking networks in the Aegean, with routes leading to stunning beaches and important archaeological sites. The path from Ios Town to Pelakania, passing through the lush vegetation and orchards of the Perivolia region, is among the island’s loveliest.
Perhaps the most impressive archaeological discovery on Ios is situated in the Kampos region, on Skarkos Hill. It is the largest known Early Cycladic settlement, dating back to the 3rd millennium BC.. The site’s exemplary restoration and presentation has earned it a Europa Nostra cultural heritage award.
[p1]Not “αναμένεται“, I think