Ios is mostly a barren, rocky island but it does have its charms for hikers who want to explore the island on foot. Some of the hiking trails are mere tracks, and might be difficult for beginners. Nonetheless, there are short routes for beginners such as the most common one from Ormos in the port of Ios to Hora about 2 km away. The 20-minute route passes near the town’s ancient walls and many interesting churches.
A longer route is from Hora to the monastery of Agios Ioannis and back, which takes about 4 hours reveals most of the island. Pass through the windmills, small theatre, the beaches of Mylopotas and Agios Prokopios, continue climbing up Pyrgos (about 710 meters), the highest mountain peak of Ios for excellent views of the whole island a visit to the monastery of Agios Ioannis. The route requires patience, lots of water, a map and protection from the sun, particularly in summer.
See the section on Mountain Climbing Greece for more hiking ideas.