Chora is the only large settlement on Ios build on a hillside on the western part of the island. The village is a traditonal Cycladic village with flat, white houses shinning bright under the sun with the view of the deepblue sea. Cars have no access to the center, instead you have to walk around the narrow streets winding like a labyrinth in order to explore the village. In Chora there are plenty of restaurants, shops and mini markets. During evening the village transforms to a party mecca full of small bars and night clubs with crowds of youngsters. Many places offer a free condom with every cocktail. Others offer "headbangers" where the drinker wears a helmet and is clouted with a hammer. To enjoy the beauty and charms of Chora, it is better to explore the streets during daytime, when most of the crowds are visiting the beaches and the bars are closed. Visit the ruins of a medieval castle that crowns the hill of Chora along with the chapel of Agios Nikolaos. The breathtaking view from Panagia Gremiotissa church is also worth seeing, which is recommended during the sunset. Behind the beautiful, white windmills the outdoor amphitheatre is located, where some concerts and plays are performed during the summer period. Despite the great amount of young tourists and the crazy nightlife, Chora has kept its traditional character and colors, as it has been proclaimed a preserved settlement.