was named after the lons who colonized the island. Tradition
reports that los is homeland of Homer. It has been a member
of the Athenian Alliance and after it was conquered by the
Ptolemies of Egypt. One of the main hideouts of the pirates
of Aegean Sea.
The Turks conquered it in 1550. In 1821 it
participates in the Greek revolution and it is unified with
Greece in 1829.
It lies to
the south of Naxos between Sikinos and Santorini. The island
is dry, barren but is especially picturesque. The ground is
mountainous and is covered by hills. In Chora, there are lots
of bars where the young people may enjoy the night life. It
has many lonely beaches. The Milopota a is one of the most
beautiful bays in the Mediterranean.
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