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Ios or Nios, as the locals call it, is one of the most beautiful islands in the Cyclades complex. Due to its vivid night life it has an international fame especially among young people. It is located among Santorini, Paros and Naxos and is full of bays and vast sandy beaches. Its coastline is 81.5 km long, 32 km of which are sandy beaches.
According to ancient mythology, Ios was the home place of Homer’s mother and the place where he was buried. Archeologists have discovered a first Cycladic settlement in Skarko and ruins of historic times. Paliokastro, located in the NE side of the island, was built during the Byzantine period (7th-8th centuries). Ios was under Venetian occupation until 1537 and then was occupied by the Ottomans. It extends over 108 km2 and has 1.830 inhabitants.
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