13 Bucket List Things to do in Cartagena, Colombia

13 Bucket List Things to do in Cartagena, Colombia

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Colorful colonial buildings line the streets as a whiff of empanada greets your nose and music echoes all around you. Welcome to Cartagena.

Cartagena is undoubtedly the most beautiful city in Colombia.

With its picturesque buildings, nearby islands, and ample exquisite culinary options, it’s no wonder why Cartagena is the most popular city in the country.

I’ve compiled a list of 13 things to do in Cartagena that you can’t miss.

Don’t forget to print this FREE Cartagena Checklist for your trip!

Packing for your trip to Colombia? Click here for my Colombia packing guide.

Where to Stay in Cartagena

There are so many beautiful and affordable accommodation options in Cartagena. I personally stayed at Life is Good Hostel, and would definitely recommend it for backpackers or budget travelers.

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Here are a few more options if you’re looking for a hotel experience:

$ – Casa Movida Hostel or Life is Good Hostel (read my review here)

$$ – Sophia Hotel

$$$ – Movich Hotel

My Cartagena Essentials

When I traveled to Cartagena at the end of April and it was BLAZING hot.

My essentials were light dresses, lots of sunscreen, and my favorite anti-theft travel backpack.

Check out my Ultimate Colombia Packing list for more essentials for your trip.

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Best Things to do in Cartagena

One can enjoy Cartagena by doing all the touristy things or by just simply walking around admiring the architecture and feasting on spinach and cheese empanadas (my fav!)

Here are 13 bucket-list things to do in Cartagena, Colombia.

1. Explore the Old Town

Waltz through the streets of Cartagena’s historic old city. Closed in with walls and decked out with colonial architecture, the old town is visually stunning.

2. Monumento Torre del Reloj “Clock Tower”

The original main entrance to the historic city is certainly a statement piece. You can find the famous clock tower between Plaza de Independencia and Plaza de Los Coches.

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3. Plaza de la Aduana

After you’ve passed through under the clock tower, turn left to be greeted by the largest open space in Cartagena; Plaza de la Aduana.

While there are several plazas and parks in Cartagena, I thought this one was the most beautiful.

Also, it’s worth mentioning the bank of Colombia is located here, so it’s a secure spot to use the ATMs located inside.

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4. Take a Free Walking Tour

Free walking tours are my favorite way of getting to know a city.

I signed up the day before my tour here.

Of course, with walking tours, you’re always expected to tip at the end of the tour. In Colombia, it’s customary to tip around $10 for a 2-3 hour tour (40,000 COP cash only).

5. Book a Boat Excursion

I was skeptical about booking this boat excursion because it was quite pricey, but it was highly recommended to me.

So, I decided to try it out and it ended up being one of my favorite days in Cartagena! This boat excursion is well worth the price.

6. Eat at La Cocina de Pepina

Recommended by the locals in the neighborhood of Getsemani, this little restaurant is a must-try.

I had the Posta dish, which is a traditional dish that Cartagena is famous for. During my 1-month in Cartagena, this restaurant was the best. I still catch myself drooling over the rich and saucy Posta.

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7. Party at Alquimico Bar

Rated one of the best clubs in South America, partying at Alquimico is a must!

Featuring 3-levels, including a swanky rooftop, you’re guaranteed to have a fantastic night out.

Try to arrive before 10 pm on weekends to avoid the line (you’ll be waiting for hours!)

8. Visit the Getsemani Neighborhood

Venture outside the old city walls to the more authentic (and artistic) side of Cartagena.

In the neighborhood of Getsemani, you’ll see streets lined with food vendors, music, and art murals.

I personally think that the food is better on this side of town!

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9. Abaco Library Cafe

For a tasty cup of coffee and a studious scene, check out Abaco Library.

There isn’t any wifi at this cafe so prepare to..read!

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10. Visit a Nearby Island

The Rosario Islands make for a great escape from the city. I visited Isla Grande and the beaches were spectacular. Other island getaways close to Cartagena include San Andres or Baru,

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11. San Felipe Castle

San Felipe Castle was built in 1536 and has been an iconic Cartagena landmark ever since. Seeing this fortress is one of the top things to do in the city.

12. Visit a Rooftop

Cartagena is famous for its rooftop views.

Cafe Del Mar offers one of the best views in the city. However, if you can’t score a spot at the famous cafe, there are many other rooftop options.

Movich Hotel, Sophia Hotel, and Townhouse Boutique Hotel rooftops all offer gorgeous city views.

I took this photo at Sophia Hotel.

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13. Eat Street Food

The street food scene in Cartagena is seriously tasty. Try an empanada or an arepa from a food stall in Getsemani or inside the old city.

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19 Trendy Outfits for Greece That Will Make You Feel Like You’re in a Mamma Mia Movie

19 Trendy Outfits for Greece That Will Make You Feel Like You’re in a Mamma Mia Movie

This post is all about outfits for Greece.

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Planning a trip to Greece?

Greece is one of those places that I can’t ever seem to stay away from. I’ve spent months hopping around the Greek islands and exploring the ancient sites of Athens.

At this point, I’d consider myself an expert on Greece travel. If you’re looking for the perfect outfits for Greece, there are a couple of things you’ll want to consider.

Comfort should be the number one priority. You’ll be walking a ton and if you’re going any time between April – October, it’s going to be pretty warm. Summertime can be scorching hot!

However, it’s no secret that if you’re galavanting around the Greek islands, you’ll want to look cute. Light and airy clothing and a comfy pair of sandals are going to be your lifeline.

Here is a list of 19 trendy outfits for Greece that I’ve carefully curated for a traveler who wants to be comfy and stylish during their epic Greece vacay.

Still planning your trip to Greece? Check out my favorite things to do in Athens, Ios, and Paros.

19 Trendy Outfits for Greece

1. Santorini Sweetheart

This blue and white combo will match the iconic bright blue and white Santorini churches. Dress this for the day or night, whether you’re exploring bookshops in the Chora or eating a fancy dinner on a hilltop.

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2. I Belong on a Yacht

A timeless Greek Island look that will never be out of style. This simple long white button-down dress paired with adorable woven accessories gives off chic vibes without the fuss.

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3. Stylish Beach Bum

Look your best for a beach day on the Greek Islands with a basic white swimsuit paired with a cute cover-up and a statement woven purse.

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4. Blue Lagoon

Match the Greek scene with a blue and white maxi dress and a fun pair of white fringe earrings,

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5. Mamma Mia

When the girl next door goes abroad. This is the perfect outfit for Greece if you’re looking for something adventurous and trendy.

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6. Elegant Wanderer

Look glamorous and ready to wine & dine in these flowy earth tones.

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7. The Influencer

Get the effortlessly stylish “Instagram look” with this gorgeous long white maxi dress and a wide-brim hat.

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8. Mykonos Party Girl

Take down the town in this killer mini dress. Perfect for those hot summer days or endless nights partying on the beach.

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9. Honeymooners

This long maxi dress is for the romantics. Light, airy, and stylish makes for a great island dress.

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10. Classic White Beach Dress

You can’t go wrong with a classic white dress and a cute hat.

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11. Boho Bad Girl

Hit the beach or party with this edgy bohemian bad girl fit! Not only is it stylish, but the pants look SO comfy.

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12. Catch me in Crete

Dance through the narrow island alleys with this stunning two-piece set.

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13. Polka Dot Darling

We know blue and white is the ultimate look for a perfect Greece outfit. Keep cool and comfy in the island heat with a light strappy mini dress and a white pair of sneakers.

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14. Vintage Vibes

Sometimes the old and simple looks are the most eye-catching! This white one-piece swimsuit with oversized funky sunglasses is such an iconic look.

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15. The Chanel

Hit Greece with a bit of class with a lovely black maxi dress. Pair this dress with gorgeous sandals and a little gold necklace.

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16. Little Miss Athena

Look like a modern-day Goddess in this polka-dot set! The bright colors make for the perfect Greece outfit to dance the night away in a taverna.

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17. Beach Party Girl

A dress you can party the night away in! Light, flowy, and easy to wear is the kind of Greece party dress you need.

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18. The Donna

We all know that Donna from Mamma Mia would totally be styling this fit! How cute is the yellow tie dress with the knotted headband?

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19. Miss me in Milos

A simple elegant evening dress is just the thing you need for a night full of wine and dancing.

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17 Stunning Outfits for Mexico That’ll Make You Look Like a Beach Goddess

17 Stunning Outfits for Mexico That’ll Make You Look Like a Beach Goddess

Looking for stunning outfits for Mexico that’ll make you look like a beach goddess? Here are some super stylish and affordable ideas for perfect vacation outfits for Mexico.

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`Planning your trip to Mexico?

If you’re heading to Tulum, check out my honest review of Coco Limited boutique hotel here.

Also, find my Tulum printable below so you don’t miss a thing!

17 Trendy Outfits for Mexico

Here are 17 beautiful outfits for Mexico that I’ve compiled from Pinterest and Amazon so you don’t have to!

1. Two Piece Jungle Wanderer

A two-piece printed maxi dress is a gorgeous look for Mexico. Dress it up for a fancy dinner or dress it down for a walk along the beach.

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2. When Life Gives You Lemons.. You Go to Mexico!

Yellow is one of my favorite colors to wear to Mexico. I could totally see this yellow lemon-printed dress in a colorful city like Oaxaca or Puerto Vallarta.

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3. Off the Shoulder Beach Girl

This white off-the-shoulder maxi dress is perfect for your summer vacation. Pair it with a fun but practical set of sandals to match.

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4. Boho Babe

Total Mamma Mia vibes! A bohemian look is always in style.

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5. Elegant Beach Party Dress

How cute is this green-teal and brown combo?

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6. Pretty in Patterns

Again with this blue and brown combination, I can’t get enough of it! This strapless maxi dress will keep you cool in Mexico’s hot summer heat.

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7. Sophisticated Vacationer

Have the influencer look without breaking the bank. This chic white set is everything!

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8. Sunny Sweetheart

Look sweet in the sun with this cherry red ruffle set.

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9. Light and Airy Ruffles

This ruffled romper is effortlessly stylish. Pair it with a dainty necklace or a beige pair of wedges.

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10. The Comfy Explorer

Explore but keep it casual and comfy with these light and loose pants from Amazon. Style it with your favorite colored tank and a hat.

Why is it that hats instantly make an outfit look better!?

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11. Classic White Summer Beach Dress

A white dress is a summer essential!

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12. Yellow Mellow

Stand out amongst other vacationers in this bold and beautiful look. Don’t forget the bright yellow tassel earrings to really bring this Mexico-inspired look together.

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13. Summer Angel

Cover up (but not too much!) with this pearly-white beach set. The sheer skirt makes a simple white bikini look high fashion.

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14. The Adventurer

Whether you’re walking on the beach or exploring the Mayan ruins, this two-piece set will fit any occasion.

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15. Livin’ la Vida Loca

A fun and sassy Mexico outfit with a classic spin. Perfect for nights at a beach bar!

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16. Fine and Fancy

Look fine and fancy with this affordable beige set. I would totally wear this out to a nice dinner on the beach.

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17. Daisy Blue

A sundress that can do it all. I love all the different colors and styles amazon has to offer with this dress.

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My 2021 Travel Recap

My 2021 Travel Recap

For me, 2021 was one of my biggest years of travel.

Sitting in my house for over a year (just like the rest of the world) made me want to go anywhere and everywhere I could think of!

The second I got that COVID vaccine, I started booking flights like crazy.

I was ready to go!

Here’s My 2021 Travel Recap

After traveling to 23 cities and 10 countries, here’s a look at everywhere I went in the year 2021.

2021 TRAVEL RECAP

My Favorite Travel Essentials

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Las Vegas, Nevada

April

My first trip of 2021 was none other than Sin City!

It was my first time in Las Vegas and it was a jam-packed trip. Check out my 5 day Vegas itinerary,

A few of my highlights from this trip were the seven magic mountains and the valley of fire state park.

If you’re planning a trip to Las Vegas, check out my hotel guide to the Las Vegas Strip for any budget.

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New Orleans, Louisiana

July

My next trip was to the Big Easy ๐Ÿ˜Ž

I went for the fourth of July and it was just as crazy and fun as you’d expect it to be.

Check out my 3-day itinerary.

Make sure you stop by the famous Carousel bar if you visit!

New Orleans Itinerary

Chicago

August

Chicago was a quick trip as my flight out of the United States left from O’hare. It was the perfect excuse to plan a weekend getaway to the Windy City.

Dubai

August

I kicked off my 5-month backpacking trip in Dubai.

A city full of technology, luxury, and expats – Dubai feels like some sort of strange Utopia and idealistic city. It’s definitely worth checking out once in your lifetime.

Read some of my favorite things to do in Dubai here.

I stayed at the coolest hotel, Grand Cosmopolitan Hotel. Check out my review here.

The best things to do in Dubai

Romania

Next was the land of Dracula.

Romania was my first stop in Europe. It’s somewhere I had never been before and I was blood-thirsty to see the iconic Dracula castle.

I also visited the capital city of Bucharest and the mountain village of Brasov.

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Cyprus

August

After Romania, I was craving the sun and the sea.

My tour around Cyprus included the city of Limassol and the beach town of Paphos. I paid a visit to Aphrodite’s rock hoping for eternal youth.. we’ll see in twenty years if the legend is true! ๐Ÿคฃ

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Greece – Greek Island Hopping

August/September

No Europe backpacking trip is complete without a little partying on the Greek islands!

I spent a solid month soaking in the sun on the islands of Crete, Ios, and Paros.

Check out my island guide to Ios here.

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Slovakia

September

Bratislava has always been at the top of my travel list. I spent a week exploring the beautiful and quaint capital city of Slovakia.

Read some of my favorite things to do in Bratislava here.

Ukraine

October

Next was Ukraine! It was so interesting to explore a country with such complex historic and modern history.

I traveled to Kyiv, Chernobyl, and Lviv during my time in Ukraine.

Pripyat Chernobyl tour

Turkey

October

You can’t keep me from the Mediterranean for long!

Turkey was a dream destination for me, and one of my favorite new countries I explored on my backpacking trip.

I started off in Cappadocia then made my to Antalya, and then of course Istanbul!

Athens, Greece

November

Greece is no doubt one of my favorite countries in the world. I came back for a round two to explore Athens.. for a whole month!

I volunteered to work at a hostel to save money and enjoy a slower pace of getting to know the fascinating and historic city of Athens.

Check out my guide to the Ancient Agora of Athens here.

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Poland

December

After Athens, I spent my last few days in Europe in Poland.

I spent some time in both Krakow and Wroclaw. My highlights of Poland were learning about the country’s rich history and walking around the Christmas markets.

England

December

Since my flight back to the USA was out of London, I decided to go back to my old study abroad town of Oxford.

I might be biased, but I think Oxford is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

New York City, New York

December

Go big or go home! I ended my backpacking trip in none other than one of the craziest cities in the world.

I’m lucky to have spent so much of the year exploring. While 2022 will likely not be filled with much globetrotting, I’m looking forward to spending time at home with family and friends. And of course, dreaming about where I’ll go in the future!

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Ios Greece Best Kept Secrets- The Ultimate Ios Travel Guide

Ios Greece Best Kept Secrets- The Ultimate Ios Travel Guide

Looking for the perfect Ios Greece Travel Guide for your island hopping getaway? Here’s the ultimate travel guide for Ios, Greece.

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Ios is a stunning island located in the Cyclades between Santorini and Naxos.

Often overshadowed by its neighbors, Santorini & Mykonos, Ios is an island lovers’ paradise (with about a quarter of the crowds!)

After staying two weeks in Ios Greece, I discovered the best-kept secrets and hidden gems of the island.

Ios Island Greece Travel Guide

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When to Visit

June to early September. Businesses start to shut down when the tourist season ends, so be sure to plan your trip before the second week of September.

How Long to Stay

3 days is the perfect amount of time in Ios.

What to Wear

The weather during peak season is blazing hot, so pack light and airy clothing. Towards late August/early September it can get quite windy, so consider bringing a jacket.

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Where to Stay

Luxury – Liostasi Hotel & Suites

Luxury – Calilo

Moderate – Ios Resort

Moderate – Ios Palace Hotel

Budget – Far Out

Budget – Francesco’s

The Ultimate Ios Greece Checklist

To have a truly memorable trip, then you’ll want to take this Ultimate Ios Greece Checklist with you so you don’t miss a thing!

Where to Explore

The Chora

The Chora

Chora (pronounced hor-ah) means the main town or village. This is the main area of Ios where you will find the best dinner spots, shopping, and nightlife. While it’s nice to explore during the day, the Chora comes to life at night around 8 pm. You will spend most of your evenings here!

Mylopotas Beach

Mylopotas is the place to be before heading up the Chora. It’s the perfect place to sunbathe and grab an iced latte or fresh orange juice. There are lots of cafes, shops, and brunch spots.

The Port

While most of the time you will likely be exploring the Chora or Mylopotas, there are some nice restaurants and hotels near the port.

Best Beaches

There are literally dozens of beaches in Ios. Here are the best beaches accessible by foot or ATV;

Mylopotas Beach

Mylopotas Beach

The most popular beach in Ios in terms of accessibility, beauty, and comfort. It’s a 20-minute walk from the Chora or a short drive or bus ride. It has rows of restaurants, cafes, lounge chairs, and shops.

Maganari Beach

Taking the bus to Maganari from the town center is a MUST. Maganari is considered to be the most beautiful beach in Ios. Here you’ll enjoy a calmer beach and glistening waters.

Kolitsani Beach

Perhaps a beach for the more…adventurous! Kolitsani is an optional nude beach located halfway between the Chora and Maganari Beach.

Where to Eat Dinner

Mills

Mills is a family-owned traditional greek tavern located at the top of the Chora, right next to the windmills. This was my favorite restaurant by far in Ios.

Nest

Another fantastic Greek traditional tavern is located in the center of the Chora.

Katogi

Katogi is a trendy tapas restaurant in the center of the Chora. The space is small and popular, so make a reservation.

Best Brunch Spots

Nutelleria

Nutelleria

This is a great cheap and quick grab-and-go brunch when you’re eager to start your day!

Cantina Del Mar

This was my favorite sit-down brunch spot. The food and portions were fantastic and it has a beautiful view of Mylopots beach.

Harmony

Harmony sits on the opposite side of Mylopotas. It’s the perfect spot to get an acai bowl and even take part in their yoga on certain weekdays.

Nightlife

Best Cocktails

-Click Cocktail Bar

-Valsamo

-Astra

Live Music

-Kafeneio

Bars & Clubs

-Flames

-The Slammer

-Sweet Irish Dream

-Fun Pub (karaoke)

Best Things to Do in Ios Greece

Ios may be a small island, however, there is loads to do! Here are the top things to do on Ios Island, Greece.

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1. Maganari Beach

Taking a trip to Maganari is one of the top things to do on the island. The best way to get to Maganari is to take the public bus right outside the Chora in the town center. It’s 7.50 euros roundtrip and departs from noon and returns at 5 pm. Maganari is a must-see!

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2. Rent ATVs and explore the island

Renting a car or ATV for a day is the perfect way to see what the whole island has to offer.

3. Book a boat tour

If you’re itching to see some of Ios’s most remote beaches, book an Ios boat tour.

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4. Visit Homer’s Tomb

Located in the northern part of Ios near the beach of Plakotos, visit the tomb of one of the greatest poets of all time.

5. Explore the Chora.. day and night!

Wander through the stunning quiet streets of the Chora during the day (and take some photos!) At night experience the village when it really comes to life. Be sure to go bar hopping at the many bars the town has to offer.

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6. Odysseus Elythis Theater

Experience the historic open-air theater of Ios.

7. Watch the Sunset at Ios Sunset Club

Ios Sunset Club is a centrally located and affordable cocktail club to watch the incredible sunsets in Ios.

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8. Spend an evening at Pathos Club

Have an evening at the most impressive cocktail clubs in Ios. Be sure to stay for the sunset!

9. Relax at Mylopotas Beach

A beach where you can spend the whole day lounging around drinking fresh-squeezed orange juice.

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