a) Homer’s Tomb: Ios is proud to host the Tomb of the Greatest Poet, Homer. This is not just a legend but it can be proved by the ancient documents of writers such as Herodotus, Pausanias, Alkeos, Skylax, Stravon, Efstathios and Plinios. It is also known that Homer’s mother was born in Ios. The tomb is located in Plakotos area in the north side of Ios, on top of a hill. The access by car is easy and from there visitors can enjoy the view of the Aegean Sea and the surrounding islands. The Municipality of Iites is planning to build in the area of the tomb an Academy of Homer Studies which with international coverage.
b)“Odysseus Elitis” theater: “Odysseus Elitis” Theater is an open-air Theater, built out of local stones and marbles and is located in Tsoukalaria area, close to Chora at the end of Anemomili area. This theater is the only place in Greece bearing the name of the famous Poet of the Aegean sea, Odysseus Elitis. It can seat 1.100 spectators and was inaugurated in 1997. It can be easily accessed either by car or on foot. The Municipality of Iites organizes here many summer concerts and theatrical performances in the frames of “OMIRIA” Culture Festival. Nevertheless, you should visit it even if there is no event. Visitors can admire the amazing view of Chora, Limani, Milopota, the surrounding islands and enjoy a beautiful sunset.
c) Paleokastro: The Byzantine “Paleokastro” castle is located in the northeastern side of Ios island. It is built on top of a hill and Byzantines were using it to observe the sea routes from Constantinople to Crete. Noteworthy is also the fact that the castle was communicating with castles in Naxo, Amorgo and Santorini through visual signs (fires). The area is easily accessible and the visitors should take the car or the bus and follow the road from Chora to Psathi and reaching Paleokastro hill to follow the pathway to the top. Apart from the walls, the facilities of the castle and Panagia Paleokastritissa church, visitors can also admire the view of the Aegean sea and the surrounding islands (Naxo, Iraklia, Amorgo, Donousa).