Ios is a rather undeveloped island - compared to its better-known neighbors Mykonos, Paros, Naxos and Santorini. This is possibly because it has avoided the construction of an airport or maybe it is Ios’ lingering reputation as a young person's party island. The little village, so quiet and picturesque by day, comes alive at night with young people from all over the world reveling into the wee hours.
Saponohoma is far enough away from the town that you'd never know about all this unless you read about it. Like Saponohoma, there are a number of other secluded villas that dot the island which are owned by people that summer here every year - enjoying the exquisite climate along with the primitive and small town nature of the island and its inhabitants. This largely European expatriate community is filled with artists, gallery owners, medial moguls and the like..The Greeks here are fantastically friendly and if one stays more than a few days, there is good chance that lasting friendships will develop. There is one road through town, two gas stations, two supermarkets, we have a regular butcher that sells only organically raised meat and eggs, two hardware stores, etc, etc. After a while you get to know everyone and they get to know you!
You can learn a lot about Ios from various guidebooks and web sites so let us tell you a little more about it from our perspective. There are a tremendous amount of things to do on the island - that is, if you ever tear yourself away from Saponohoma..
Here are a few web sites that offer some descriptions and photos:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlt6MMF2GvM