Whether you are an experienced hiker or trail runner who is interested in challenging treks or a beginner who enjoys short hikes to admire beautiful scenery while on holiday, you’ll find what you are looking for here in Ios. A hiker’s paradise, Ios Island offers a huge variety of hiking routes thanks to the work of Ios Paths. There are at least 136km of hiking trails, suitable for walkers of any age, to walk through.
A Hiker's Hotel
If you love walking, then Petra Holiday Village is the best place to start from and explore the unique landscapes of Ios island. An amazing hiking experience starts with great hospitality! We provide detailed information & maps about the best hikes, in printed or electronic form, and also have a wide range of hiking gear (backpacks, walking poles, first-aid kit, binoculars…) for guests’ use as well as offering healthy packed lunches.
Nutritious Greek breakfast starts the day off just right, with a selection of traditional homemade products using local ingredients, which will provide you with all the energy needed for your hike.
Setting off from our accommodation at Petra, you can explore one of the many trails below, with views of the sea. Take a break and swim off one of our blue flag beaches.
Gyalos-Koumpara-Faros (1,2 km)
From Petra Holiday Village, follow the road to Koumpara. The route is offered for an enjoyable evening walk.
Mylopotas-Sapounohoma beach-Klima beach (3,7 km.)
The trail starts from the dirt road of Mylopotas beach and leads to the beautiful beach of Sapounohoma or Klima, passing through a fascinating landscape.
Chora- Agios Spiridon- Agios Prokopis-Anemogenitries-Agii Anargiri-Agia Theodoti beach (7,4 km.)
This beautiful path starts from Ios Chora, offering amazing panoramic views all the way.
Chora-Skarkos-Ellinika-Agia Triada-Agios Prokopis
A route in a very good condition, with dry stone walls to your left and right.
Agia Theodoti-Ormos Avlaki Kastrou (1,5 km)
Follow this beautiful short route for an afternoon walk with views to the nearby islands.
Psathi-Ormos Ntomino (1,4 km)
For a breathtaking view to Psathi beach from above.
Theater- Agios Dimitrios- Ioannis Prodromos monastery- Pyrgos (6,2 km)
This route offers a view to Mylopotas beach, a visit to Agios Ioannis church, and it ends up at Pyrgos.
Port – Agia Eirini-Valmas beach (0,8 km)
The path starts from the port and the entrance of Agia Eirini church and it offers a view to the sea, leading to the beautiful beach of Valmas.
For more information on the trails, visit Ios Paths.
Rest & Relaxation
When you return from your hike you can wash your shoes and change your clothes. Our beachside Bar Café is also the ideal oasis in which to enjoy a delicious snack after a long day’s trek.
If you are looking for an escape into both nature & tradition and love explorations, Ios island is a perfect place for a walk along paths enjoying the birdsong & wildflowers. If you prefer, we can also arrange for you to be accompanied by an experienced and independent guide, who will give you a lot of interesting information, hints and tips on the way. We can also lend you books on nature and culture!
Enjoy your stay, explore the trails and have a fantastic hiking experience! We look forward to welcoming you in this new alternative adventure!