THE Ios Beach is Milopotas, where the hipsters hung initially and still the place to see and be seen. In the old days it didn't have the road or all the hotels, umbrellas and water sports that it does today but its still the happening beach on the island. It's long, wide and sandy. Nudity is common.
Milopotas beach has every possible water sport, plenty of campsites, hotes, tavernas and beach parties lasting all night.
There are 35 beaches on Ios. As you can see from the beach map below, some of the beaches on Ios are more accessible than others by road or scooter. Many more may be reached on foot or by water-taxi.
From Ormos water-taxis depart for the islands southern tip and the chic golden coves and beach of Manganari Bay where attire is optional. There are hotels nearby.
A 30 minute walk or bike ride north from Ormos will take you Kalamos Beach which is quiet, long and sandy. Kalamos Beach begins just by the pretty church of Ag. Ioannis Kalamos. Past here is the beach of Plakes. If you're needing a bit of quiet, it's often empty.
Across Ios on the eastern shore is Aghios Theodori with a fine beach and accessible by bus. The beach is overlooked by the ruined Venetian fortress Paliokastro. There's a well-preserved Byzantine church inside the fortress.
Psathi further south has a golden sand beach where loggerhead turtles nest and is popular with windsurfers. A church dedicated to the Virgin fell into the sea at Psathi.