A charming traditional village, situated at a 20-minute walk away from the port, Chora is an intriguing place to roam around during the day. It's a labyrinth of white alleys, dotted with restaurants and small shops selling jewellery, clothes and souvenirs. Prices here are much lower than the Greek mainland and the selection of stuff is great, so load up on all the gifts you need. At night, head to the central square, where locals get together for music and drinks.
Dance the night away at a club of your choice
Even if partying is not high on your list of priorities, you cannot leave Ios without exploring a few of its many, many pubs and clubs. There are jazz bars, rock clubs, Irish pubs, discos and slammer bars to choose from. Most visitors start their evening by watching the sun go down from the Ios club, and then dancing the night away with the crowd.
Cuisine on offer
Those looking for cheap and fulfilling food, can bank on the street food. Especially gyros, a pita bread sandwich with onion, tomatoes, vegetables/meat and sauces. Expect to have a meal on the street for as little as €4 (₹300). If you're on a flexible budget, however, you can eat each meal at a new place in Ios, there are many restaurants and eateries to choose from. And authentic Greek food is fabulous on the island – traditional and flavourful. Katogi, the Nest, Lord Byron, Escape and the Mills Restaurant are a few great places to sample Greek cuisine. Meals at restaurants will cost around €18 to 27 (₹1,380 to 2,070). For that post dinner drink, or two, some popular watering holes are Far Out Beach Club on Mylopotas Beach, Blue Note Bar and Liquid Bar.
Like other European countries, a Schengen visa will get you access to Ios. You will have to apply through the Greece embassy, on paper. The Schengen countries have outsourced their visa application cells to VFS Global, a company which now handles the entire process. There is also no requirement to go to the embassy anymore. To start off the process, log on to VFS Global's website. Find everything you want to know about the Schengen visa in this article: All You Need To Know About Getting A Schengen Visa On An Indian Passport
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