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Aside from the beautiful landscape and volcanic presence, it is an amazing place for beachside camping, winery tours, scuba diving, and more.
There’s a slew of events, both major and minor; increasingly crazy weekends; and various costume parades, which even feature floats.
It was once home to the ancient Minoan civilization (which predates Greek civilization). Crete has beautiful beaches, hiking, quaint towns, delicious food and wine, and friendly, welcoming locals. Any climb to Mount Olympus starts from the town of Litochoro.
A walk up this mountain will be strenuous and mystical and you’ll see why Greeks thought it was this mountain from which the gods ruled.
If you don’t want to do that but still want to see Ios, it’s best to go to the eastern part of the island where it’s quieter.
Don’t let Ios’ party reputation deter you from visiting, it’s a beautiful, rugged island (and home to the grave of Homer) and only busy June-August!
Santorini is famous for couples, while Ios is great for parties.