As we head for the south of the Aegean, we pass the island of Ios. This island was far enough away for the ancient Romans to use it as a place of exile for convicted prisoners.
With its port well sheltered from the wind, Kaura is the main town of the island. With a few exceptions, the term Kaura is always the name of the main town in the Greek islands. The term, in fact, refers to the lands around the ancient town. The terrorist plots of land allow farming on the steep slopes.
The extreme dryness of Ios comes as a shock in summer, there is a strong north wind called the Milton.