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The Island of Miracles

Authentic Villages, Verdant Sceneries and Delicious Products Blessed from the Faith of the Locals
Towering trees and running waters in the Cyclades? Oh, it cannot be… Or it can? Recognized as the largest pilgrimage center in the country, the noble island of Tinos can also be characterized as an unexplored island of mysterious beauties in terms of the verdant nature, the authentic villages, the ancient heritage, the folklore and the rich culinary traditions of her land. Indeed the endless sandy beaches and the turquoise waters of Tinos act as a magnet for travellers, however the gems of the island are the authentic villages. Mostly mountainous, forgotten in another era but with surprisingly verdant landscapes that do not resemble in any way the barren sceneries of the Cyclades. The fascination of Tinos lies in the hinterland and the nature, the preserved villages with the stone cells and the dovecotes, the ancient rural streets that lead in unexpected places. The mystery of the island lies in the art of painters and sculptors while the charm lies in the taste of the excellent products of Tinos. Above all, the magic of Tinos lies in the faith of the people, the pilgrims and the prayers. Except from the inexhaustible beauty of the island, Tinos is a place of spirit and enlightenment. With a long tradition in architecture, folklore art and sculpture, Tinos has managed to combine art, natural beauty and tradition in a very special way that will touch you spiritually!

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The Capital of Tinos

The Town of Tinos, else known as Hora, is the capital and harbor of Tinos located on the southwest side of the island. The charming settlement has a traditional atmosphere built with the architectural style of the Cyclades. Evangelistria Street is the oldest street of Hora that is cobblestone and has a beautiful marble fountain with imposing carvings.  The most important monument of Hora is the Monastery of Panagia Megalohari that is considered to be the most important religious pilgrimage center and the saint protector of Greece. Other sights worth visiting include the Museums of the Monastery, the Cultural Foundation Of Tinos along with the Archaeological Museum of Tinos and the Sanctuaries of Poseidon and Amphitrite.

The Dovecotes of Tinos

The Dovecotes of Tinos are monuments of exquisite artwork found in the hinterland of the island. They stone buildings comprise from two floors. The upper floor was used as a dwelling of doves while the lower floor was used as a storage room. The dovecotes are mainly built on mountain slopes in order to facilitate the landings and takeoffs of the doves. The patterns of the façade are considered to attract the lovely birds. Although the number of dovecotes of Tinos is not known, it is believed that they exceed six hundred.

The Marble Crafts Museum

The Marble Crafts Museum is a one of a kind museum located just outside the village of Pyrgos. The museum presents the long history of marble crafting of Tinos from ancient times until today. The marble quarries of the island gave birth to many important sculptors including Giannoulis Halepas. The permanent exhibition present the art of marble crafting through the curving tools, the crafting techniques along with a rich collection of sketches. The process of marble carving is also presented through an audiovisual system.

The Virgin Mary of Tinos

The Monastery Panagia Megalohari is the most important religious pilgrimage center and the saint protector of Greece. The name of the church is Panagia Megalohari means with all graces and it is dedicated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. According to tradition, the church was constructed following the dream of a nun from the monastery of Kehrovouni who later became a saint, Pelagia. In January 30 of 1823, the nun dug in a particular place that Virgin Mary told her and found the holy icon depicting Virgin Mary praying. As the icon was found two years after the Greek Revolution has started, it was considered as a good sign. Many leaders actually, including Georgios Karaiskakis and Theodoros Kolokotronis came to Tinos to pray to the icon. The monastery complex of Panagia Megalohari was originally built on the site of a byzantine church dedicated to Saint John. The whole monastery was built on top of the small chapel of Apocalypse. Next to the copy of the holy icon, there is a fountain from where one can take holy water. The main church is an impressive building made with the white marble of Tinos while the beautiful bell tower stands in front of the stairs. Holy services are performed on a daily basis. The church of Panagia Megalohari celebrates three times every year. These include the date when the icon was found, January 30, the day of the Annunciation of the Virgin, March 25, and the day of the Assumption of the Virgin, August 15.  Worth mentioning that many pilgrims cover the distance from the port of Tinos to the church on the hill above Hora on their knees. As the path is rough and the knees will get injured, a long red carpet has been laid from the entrance of the church to the port.

The Village of Pyrgos

The Village of Pyrgos is the village of the artists located on the north side of the island. Characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of the Cyclades, Pyrgos has been declared as a protected traditional settlement from the Ministry of Culture. The village has a long tradition in the arts, as it is the homeland of many local sculptors including Giannoulis Halepas and Nikiforos Lytras. Today, numerous marble workshops and galleries still operate continuing the tradition of marble crafting. If you visit Pyrgos, you will be definitely impressed from the impressive architecture of the village and the marble paved square of the village. The museums of Pyrgos are also noteworthy. The Marble Crafts Museum is a one of a kind museum presents the long history of marble crafting of Tinos from ancient times until today while the Museum of Giannoulis Halepas is dedicated to the one of the most notable marble sculptors of the country.

Windsurfing in Tinos

Tinos is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of windsurfing, as the island gets really windy especially in the summer. The beach of Kolibithra is considered to be the best beach for practicing windsurfing. Other beaches include the bay of Livada that can be fairly dangerous due to the strong currents and the rocky bottom, Agios Fokas and Kionia.  Agios Romanos and Ormos Yannaki on the southern coast are also suitable location for windsurfing. You will find windsurfing center on the beach of Kolibithra.

Archaeological Sites

The Ancient Settlement of Exomvourgo dominates the southern part of the island in the area of Exomvourgo. During the 4th century BC, Exomvourgo used to be the administrative center of Tinos while the entire area was fortified with defensive techniques in order to be protected from potential pirate invasions during the Venetian Empire. Archaeological excavations brought to light the remnants of an ancient settlement along with the relics of the protective wall and ruins of old fortifications.

The Ancient Settlement of Vryokastro was the most ancient settlement of Tinos dating back to the Bronze Age. Archaeological excavations found the remnants of the wall of the settlement that was constructed in the 16th century. Vryokastro had a very privileged location as it could control the commercial sea roads to the Cyclades and Crete. One can see the remnants of the settlement on the hill of Vryokastro.

The Aqueduct of Peisistratus was constructed between 549 and 542 BC during the years of the tyranny of Peisistratus. The aqueduct was the main water supply system of Hora until 1934! The aqueduct of Peisistratus used to start from the position Linopi until Hora.

The Mausoleum of Elli is a place with great historical significance housed within the complex of the Church of the Evangelistria (Annunciation). On August 15 of 1940, the warship Elli participated was sunk from an Italian submarine while celebrating for the Assumption of Virgin Mary. In the mausoleum, one can see an ossuary of the victims, who were the first victims of the Second World War in Greece.

The Sanctuaries of Amphitrite and Poseidon was one of the most important places of worship of Ancient Greece. The sanctuaries had been discovered close to the village of Kionia. During the 5th century BC, Tinos flourished as a center of worship to Poseidon while the reconstruction of the temple expanded to the worship of Amphitrite, the wife of Poseidon and deity of feminine fertility in the 3rd century BC. According to Strabo, the temple was considered as “…great and worthy of a goddess…” Today, one can see the remnants of the foundation of the two sanctuaries along with the relics of the bath and the guesthouse. The various sculptures and decoration of the temple bear witness to its magnificence. Numerous findings are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Tinos.

Churches and Monasteries

The Church of Agia Triada is the largest church of Tinos located at the center of the village of Falatados. The church was firstly built in 1750 while it took its final form in the end of the 19th century. It is an impressive three aisled basilica made from marble. Inside the church, one can admire impressive byzantine icons and remarkable ecclesiastical artifacts donated from the Tinians of Constantinople along with an exhibition room with woodcarving objects, vestments, embroidered handwork and priestly books. The huge marble pillars and the huge size of the church will definitely impress you!

The Church of Panagia Vourniotissa is one of the most significant Orthodox pilgrimage sites of Tinos located close to the village of Agapi. The floor of the church is paved with marble slabs with the interior is decorated with a beautiful wooden carved temple. On September 8, the traditional celebration in honor of the Nativity of Theotokos takes place in the church. From the monastery, one can admire panoramic views to the bay of Kolibithra!

The Church of Taxiarhes is the metropolitan church of the island located in the Town of Tinos. The three aisled basilica was constructed during the domination of the Venetians. Inside the church, one will have the opportunity to admire precious woodcut artworks of the 18th century that are considered to be an exquisite artwork of Greece.

The Monastery of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the most important pilgrimage center of Catholics in Greece. The church was founded from a group of Jesuit monks who settled in the village of Kastro in 1724.  Within its premises, one will have the opportunity to see a cave dedicated to Panagia Lourdi along with a war memorial for the Greek Catholics who died in the wars. The monastery offers rooms for pilgrims to come and meditate. On July, a large traditional celebration takes place in the monastery for a period of one week.

The Monastery of Saint Francisco is one of the centers of worships for the Catholics of Tinos. The monastery was constructed from the order of the Franciscans who settled on the island in 1702. Although the monastery was destroyed from the Ottomans, it was repaired with the financial help of the monastery of Constantinople until 1923. Today, the monastery belongs to the Catholic Church of Tinos.

The Monastery of Kehrovouni is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Greece located in the area of Monastiri. Dedicated to the Dormition of Virgin Mary, the monastery was founded from women of a rich family of Tinos in the 12th century. It has a beautiful construction in terms of architecture as it combines elements of island architecture along with the fortification elements of the Venetians. The complex hosts numerous buildings including the main church, small chapels along with ancillary areas and the cells of the monks. Inside the monastery, one will have the opportunity to admire remarkable icons of the 18th century. On July 23, the traditional celebration of the saint takes place in the monastery.

The Monastery of Panagia Katapoliani is a beautiful monastery built on a high hill close to the village of Hysternia. The monastery was founded from Sister Melanthia in 1778. On September 1, the traditional celebration of the saint takes place in the monastery of Panagia Katapoliani. From the monastery, one can admire panoramic views to the endless blue of the Aegean.

The Monastery of Ursulines is a Catholic monastery located in the village of Loutra. The monastery was founded from Marie Anne Leaves, who was from Constantinople, in 1862 and it used to be an important female education center for the children of Greece from 1862 until 1993. During the past, the monastery of Ursulines was considered as one of the best institutions, as many girls from wealthy families graduated from the private school. The monastery also worked as a boarding school, a university and an orphanage. Today, the school is a folklore museum open for visitors. During the summer numerous exhibitions and events take place in its premises.

The Virgin Mary of Tinos is the most important religious pilgrimage center and the saint protector of Greece. The name of the church is Panagia Megalohari means with all graces and it is dedicated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. According to tradition, the church was constructed following the dream of a nun from the monastery of Kehrovouni who later became a saint, Pelagia. In January 30 of 1823, the nun dug in a particular place that Virgin Mary told her and found the holy icon depicting Virgin Mary praying. As the icon was found two years after the Greek Revolution has started, it was considered as a good sign. Many leaders actually, including Georgios Karaiskakis and Theodoros Kolokotronis came to Tinos to pray to the icon. The monastery complex of Panagia Megalohari was originally built on the site of a byzantine church dedicated to Saint John. The whole monastery was built on top of the small chapel of Apocalypse. Next to the copy of the holy icon, there is a fountain from where one can take holy water. The main church is an impressive building made with the white marble of Tinos while the beautiful bell tower stands in front of the stairs. Holy services are performed on a daily basis. The church of Panagia Megalohari celebrates three times every year. These include the date when the icon was found, January 30, the day of the Annunciation of the Virgin, March 25, and the day of the Assumption of the Virgin, August 15.  Worth mentioning that many pilgrims cover the distance from the port of Tinos to the church on the hill above Hora on their knees. As the path is rough and the knees will get injured, a long red carpet has been laid from the entrance of the church to the port.

Monuments

The Dovecotes of Tinos are monuments of exquisite artwork found in the hinterland of the island. They stone buildings comprise from two floors. The upper floor was used as a dwelling of doves while the lower floor was used as a storage room. The dovecotes are mainly built on mountain slopes in order to facilitate the landings and takeoffs of the doves. The patterns of the façade are considered to attract the lovely birds. Although the number of dovecotes of Tinos is not known, it is believed that they exceed six hundred.

The Windmills of Tinos constitute an integral part in the culture of the Cyclades. As Tinos is an island of winds, the windmills favored their operation. Some of them are still preserved scattered in the hinterland of the island.

Museums

The Archaeological Museum of Tinos is located in Hora. The museum presents archaeological findings from all over the island. However, the most prominent exhibits are the ones found at the sanctuary of Poseidon.

The Cultural Foundation of Tinos is housed in a beautiful building in the Town of Tinos. The conference and exhibition center performs research on the traditions and culture of the island while it hosts the permanent exhibition of Giannoulis Halepas and numerous temporary exhibitions.

The Ecclesiastical Museum of Tinos is located in the village of Arnados. Exhibits include old ecclesiastical icons, old books and holy vestments from various churches of the area.

The Marble Crafts Museum is a one of a kind museum located just outside the village of Pyrgos. The museum presents the long history of marble crafting of Tinos from ancient times until today. The marble quarries of the island gave birth to many important sculptors including Giannoulis Halepas. The permanent exhibition present the art of marble crafting through the curving tools, the crafting techniques along with a rich collection of sketches. The process of marble carving is also presented through an audiovisual system.

The Museum of Giannoulis Halepas is located in the village of Pyrgos. Giannoulis Halepas is one of the most notable marble sculptures of the country. As Tinos is the artist’s birthplace, the exhibition is housed in the traditional house of Giannoulis Halepas. Exhibits include personal belongings of the artist along with marble statues and tools. In the courtyard, one can admire a copy of the most famous work of the artist, the Sleeping Beauty.

The Museum of Tinian Artists is housed inside the monastery of Virgin of Tinos. The museum displays artworks from the finest artists of Tinos. Among these, one will see paintings from Nikolaos Gyzis, Periklis and Nikolaos Lytras and sculptures from Ioannis Vougalis, Giannis Halepas and Markos Fytalis. Another room houses a small ecclesiastical collection and the renowned Carta of Rigas Ferraios.

Promenades & Villages

Arnados is a mountainous village located on the southeast side of the island. The traditional settlement is built amphitheatrically on the mountain slopes offering breathtaking views to the surrounding areas. It is one of the oldest villages of Tinos distinguished for its traditional architecture, the medieval arches and the cobblestone alleys. At the beautiful square of the village, one will have the opportunity to visit the impressive church of the Ascension of Christ. The most important monument of Arnados is the imposing monastery of Kehrovouni that is considered to be one of the most beautiful monasteries of Greece. It has a beautiful construction in terms of architecture as it combines elements of island architecture along with the fortification elements of the Venetian architecture. Also, a folklore museum and a museum of ecclesiastical art operate in the village.

Dyo Horia is a mountainous village located on the southeast side of the island. Characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of Tinos, the charming settlement is distinguished for its medieval character and the panoramic views to the neighboring islands. Dyo Horia is a calm village with a tranquil atmosphere embellished with old whitewashed stone houses and coloured windows, cobblestone paved alleys and beautiful stone arcades. The square of the village is very charming made of traditional stones under the shade of plane trees. There, one can admire the beautiful cave fountains of Dyo Horia.

Falatados is a mountainous village located on the southeast side of the island. The traditional settlement is built amphitheatrically on the mountain slopes offering breathtaking views to the surrounding areas. Falatados is widely known for its raki distilleries and the winepresses. Actually, various events are organized in the village to celebrate the raki distillation season during September. The most beautiful areas of Falatados are the square of Megalohari and the marble cathedral of Agia Triada that stands on the top of the hill. Also, the village has a folklore museum. The surrounding areas of Kakia Skala and Livada are worth exploring as they stand for their wild natural sceneries.

Hysternia is a mountainous village located on the northwest side of the island. The traditional settlement is built amphitheatrically on the mountain slopes offering breathtaking views to the surrounding areas. The entire village is an exquisite sample of fine marble sculpture. The beautiful settlement is recognized as the village of the marble sculptors, as Hysternia is the birthplace of the majority of them. For this reason, the local community has founded the Museum of Hysternian Artists where biographies and artworks of the artists are displayed. Worth visiting sights include the beautiful square of Glyni and the church of Agia Paraskevi. On the north side of the village, one will find an exceptional cluster of windmills of the 19th century that has been designated as protected monuments. Also, one can follow the old marble paved trail that connects the village with the bay of Hysternia.

Kambos is a traditional village located on the central part of the island. The settlement is the homeland of Agia Pelagia, whose visions led to the discovery of the miraculous icon of Virgin Mary, the saint protector of Greece.  The monuments worth visiting include the church of Agia Triada with the pebbled courtyard, the carved iconostasis of Agia Aikaterini and the museum of Kostas Tsoklis, a local marble sculptor. In the wider area, one will find the best preserved windmill of Tinos. One should also visit the neighboring village of Tarabados with the lovely dovecotes of Tinos. Kambos offers breathtaking views to the hill of Exomvourgo where the remnants of the most ancient settlement of the island were discovered.

Kardiani is a mountainous village located on the west side of the island. The village is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages of Tinos with stunning architecture and breathtaking views. Kardiani has been declared as a traditional settlement from the Ministry of Culture. Since antiquity, the village was inhabited from communities of both Catholic and Orthodox who have been living together harmoniously over the centuries. The settlement is built amphitheatrically on the mountain slopes in a verdant area with running waters. Kardiani is definitely a village you must visit!

Ktikados is a mountainous village located on the southeast side of the island. It is a traditional settlement with a charming atmosphere and spectacular views to Kionia. Wandering around the village, one will find typical elements of the Tinian architecture. A lovely hiking route starts from Ktikados and leads to the settlement of Hora. If you happen to be in Tinos in September 14, do not miss the traditional celebration in honor of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Panormos is a seaside village located on the northeast side of the island. Until the 1960s, the port of Panormos played a catalytic role in shipping and trade for exported products and imported goods. The fishing settlement of Panormos is considered to be one of the most popular destinations of Tinos. Sailboats and yachts can moor around the bay as it provides production from fierce winds.

Pyrgos is the village of the artists located on the north side of the island. Characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of the Cyclades, Pyrgos has been declared as a protected traditional settlement from the Ministry of Culture. The village has a long tradition in the arts, as it is the homeland of many local sculptors including Giannoulis Halepas and Nikiforos Lytras. Today, numerous marble workshops and galleries still operate continuing the tradition of marble crafting. If you visit Pyrgos, you will be definitely impressed from the impressive architecture of the village and the marble paved square of the village. The museums of Pyrgos are also noteworthy. The Marble Crafts Museum is a one of a kind museum presents the long history of marble crafting of Tinos from ancient times until today while the Museum of Giannoulis Halepas is dedicated to the one of the most notable marble sculptors of the country.

Smardakito is a mountainous village located on the south side of the island. The traditional settlement is built amphitheatrically on the mountain slopes offering breathtaking views to the valley of Komi. The square of Smardakito is considered to be the most scenic square of the island. Smardakito was built with respect to the traditional architecture of Tinos. If you walk around the settlement, you will be charmed from the beautiful houses with the flowery courtyards, the cobblestone streets and the vaulted arches.

Volax is a mountainous village located on the south side of the island. It is one of the most unique villages of Tinos due to the strange site of huge granite boulder formation that resemble remnants of a volcanic eruption. The lunar landscapes of the village offer one of the most impressive sceneries in Tinos. The traditional occupation of the local people of Volax is basketry. In the workshops, you can still see the artists working and you can buy their products. Volax is the meeting point for climbers all around the world for bouldering! Also, the open air theatre hosts numerous cultural events during the summer. If you find yourself here on Easter Thursday, do not miss the great Catholic festival of Maranda!

Xynara is a beautiful village located on the north side of the island. The charming settlement is built on the mountain slopes of Exomvourgo, an imposing steep mountain in the center of the island. Xynara used to be the seat of the Catholic Bishop of Tinos, as seen from the Mansion of the Bishop in the square of the village. The open air theatre hosts numerous cultural events during the summer.

Tinos Town, else known as Hora, is the capital and harbor of Tinos located on the southwest side of the island. The charming settlement has a traditional atmosphere built with the architectural style of the Cyclades. Evangelistria Street is the oldest street of Hora that is cobblestone and has a beautiful marble fountain with imposing carvings.  The most important monument of Hora is the Monastery of Panagia Megalohari that is considered to be the most important religious pilgrimage center and the saint protector of Greece. Other sights worth visiting include the Museums of the Monastery, the Cultural Foundation Of Tinos along with the Archaeological Museum of Tinos and the Sanctuaries of Poseidon and Amphitrite.

Tripotamos is a mountainous village located on the south side of the island. It is one of the oldest villages of Tinos that is built between three rivers. Within a walking distance of Tripotamos, one can find the remnants of the medieval town of the island. The village is well sign posted with hiking trails in the hinterland of Tinos.

Sunset Spots

Spot: Beach of Agios Romanos, Southwest Tinos

Spot: Beach of Gastria, Southwest Tinos

Spot: Beach of Stavros, Southwest Tinos

Spot: Hill of Exomvourgo, South Tinos

Spot: Village of Mali, North Tinos

Excursions

Boat Trip: The Island of Andros is blessed with the most mysterious characteristic in the climate and the natural environment of the Cyclades. Blessed with verdant vegetation and flowing streams, Andros is the most fertile island of the Cyclades! The capital of Andros is Hora, one of the most impressive maritime villages of the Aegean with centuries of naval tradition. Built on a granite peninsula, the beautiful village has an irresistible combination of disparate elements of Cycladic minimalism, medieval charm and neoclassical nobility. Beautiful neoclassical mansions and elaborately decorated buildings show the wealth of the rich maritime tradition of the island. Andros has a distinct identity with sceneries of unparalleled natural beauty. The natural terrain of the island boasts a rocky coastline with mountain ranges and ravines alternating with verdant valleys, fragrant lemon groves, large plane trees and flowing waters in combination with a rare flora and fauna hidden in the hinterland. The beautiful mountains of Andros host the inland villages of the island that  are connected with beautiful paths. An extensive network of trails spreads through the island and makes it the best way to explore it. Discover the hidden morphology of Andros with beautiful rivers and streams passing through archaeological monuments, old mills, stone walls, fountain squares and charming chapels alternating with dense forests and verdant valleys.

Boat Trip: The Island of Delos is one of the most important archaeological, mythological and historical sites in Greece. Delos is history itself, an experience of a lifetime, a mysterious island hosting a series of monumental antiquities from the Archaic, the Classical and the Hellenistic periods on a territory used exclusively as an archaeological site. Delos is a small rocky island situated in the heart of the Aegean and the center of the Cyclades. Delos was established initially as a holy pilgrimage island, as Apollo and Artemis were born there, while it was then transformed to a political center as it was the base of the Delian League, and later on it served as a commercial harbour with luxurious houses and markets. Extensive excavations have found important archaeological artifacts that are on display in the Archaeological Museum of Delos and the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.

Boat Trip: The Island of Mykonos is unfolding in front of your eyes under the breeze of the Aegean. Bright and airy in the daylight, charming and mysterious under the glare of the night, cosmopolitan, romantic and lively Mykonos holds the reigns of the cosmopolitan island of Greece. Less than a mile away from the cradle of the European Civilization lie the most multicultural island of Greece, if not Europe. The island of winds is a testament that fashion is timeless. However, the island of Mykonos is an island of diversionary giving you the opportunity to meet the other unseen face of it, just for the ones looking for more peaceful pace. The sophisticated island of Mykonos dares you to fall in love with it, as it has created a mystery maintaining a state of love with it.

Boat Trip: The Island of Syros is an irresistible combination of disparate elements of Cycladic minimalism, medieval charm and neoclassical romanticism blend in the heart of the Cyclades. The beautiful duchess with the two worlds and the mysterious atmosphere is unfolding in front of your eyes in order to challenge you to travel with her. Syros would definitely be characterized as the noble island as evident from her impressive architecture, her cultural wealth and the perfect coexistence of two Christian denominations. Despite the proud history of Syros, the island has adopted an anonymity preserving the genuineness of her heritage. . Even if you have visited all the islands of the Aegean, Hermoupolis will definitely impress you, as the splendors of hers are not concealed. Behind every corner of the colorful city, another mysterious surprise is hiding with flowery balconies, colorful doors and hidden stairways.

Activities

Bicycling: The countryside of Tinos is an ideal place for cycling lovers. There are numerous bicycle rentals on the island where you can rent a bicycle and discover the beaches and villages of Tinos. Discover more information from Official Website of Tinos.

Bouldering: Are you interesting in rock climbing without the use of ropes? Tinos has it for you! Tinos has the most extensive bouldering area in Greece with excellent granite rocks on the north side of the island. The beautiful village of Volax is one of the most unique villages of Tinos due to the strange site of huge granite boulder formation that resemble remnants of a volcanic eruption. The lunar landscapes of the village offer one of the most impressive sceneries in Tinos. Bouldering areas include Kakia Skala, Volax Village and Livada Beach.

Camping: Are you a camping lover? You will find campsites in the beach of Agios Fokas.

Climbing:  The wild topography and rocky terrain of Tinos makes it an ideal destination for the lovers of climbing. The granite rock of the hill of Exomvourgo is an impressive steep rock located on the center of the island. Seventy climbing rocks were opened for those who want to stimulate their adrenaline! Discover more information from the Climbing Club of Tinos.

Diving: The varied coastline of Tinos offers numerous exciting explorations for diving enthusiasts. Shipwrecks, reefs, corals and rare fish species are some of the most interesting diving spots. You will find diving centers in the beaches of Agios Fokas and Kionia.

Hiking: Tinos hosts numerous paths ideal for lovers of hiking. The island keeps the old network of footpaths that connect the villages with each other. The network of stone paved paths of Tinos spreads over the largest of the island. (1) Falatados – Myrsini – Magganari – Platy – Akti Livadas: One of the most beautiful routes is the one that starts from the village of Falatados, which passes through landscapes with verdant vegetation and old watermills. In the area of Lidakia, the scenery is spectacular full of granite rocks. The sceneries towards the idyllic area of Magganari and the bay of Livadas offer more surprises. One can extend the route by going to the Lighthouse of Livada on the northeastern side of the island. There, you will enjoy a terrific view to the Aegean! (2) Another interesting trail includes the cobblestone trail that starts from the village of Steni and leads on the northeastern of the island to the beach of Lihnaftia. On route, one will have the opportunity to discover the running waters of the village of Potamia and the verdant landscapes of Maroulis as well as the traditional dovecotes. The end of this route is the pebbled beach of Lihnaftia. (3) If you want to hike to the top of mount Tsiknia, you should follow the route that starts from the village of Mersini towards Xokopi. The trail will lead you to the chapel of Prophet Elias. The views from here will definitely reward you. Discover more information from the Municipality of Tinos.

Mountain Biking: The rich natural diversity of Tinos is highly suitable for mountain and road biking. Exciting trails from rural roads are available in various parts of Tinos. One of the most beautiful routes includes the one starting from the town of Tinos following the provincial road of Tinos Kalloni towards the village of Kalloni. You exit to the village of Kato Klisma following the road towards the beach of Kolibithra. Keep in mind that the route is quite difficult.

Off Road: Lovers of off road driving can follow the dirt roads leading to the mountains of Tinos in order to explore the mysterious beauties of Tinos. (1) By the following route, one will have the opportunity to meet the unexplored northern part of Tinos with unique landscapes dotted from massive granite rocks. Starting from the village of Falatados towards the area of Kakia Skala and the chapel of Panagia. (2) This route is quite special since it concerns the largest plateau of Tinos with barren landscapes and scattered brushwood. One can start from the village of Aetofolia towards the church of Agios Panteleimonas. The final destination could be the village of Hysternia. Make sure you always check the maps of the destination before you get into your car!

Sailing: Tinos is a paradise for sailing enthusiasts. Sailing around the island is fully recommended, as it is one of the easiest coastlines in the Aegean. Sailing around Tinos, you will enjoy beautiful images including rare geological formations, cliffs with unusual colors shaped from the wind and the sea, and of course the beautiful beaches of the island. Ideal anchorage spots include the eastern side of the harbor of Tinos town that is protected under all weather conditions. Panormos is the sole organized anchorage on the northern coast of Tinos. Other anchorages include the bay of Kolibithra that offers protection from the northwest wind and the beach of Agios Fokas on the east side of the harbor of Tinos town.

Windsurfing: Tinos is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of windsurfing, as the island gets really windy especially in the summer. The beach of Kolibithra is considered to be the best beach for practicing windsurfing. Other beaches include the bay of Livada that can be fairly dangerous due to the strong currents and the rocky bottom, Agios Fokas and Kionia.  Agios Romanos and Ormos Yannaki on the southern coast are also suitable location for windsurfing. You will find windsurfing center on the beach of Kolibithra.

Beaches

Agia Thalassa is a sandy beach with blue waters located on the northeast side of the island. The beach is well protected from the winds, especially during the summer. Agia Thalassa is an isolated beach ideal for those looking for tranquility and seclusion. Keep in mind that you should make provisions for food and water.

Agios Fokas is a sandy beach with blue waters located on the south side of the island. It is one of the longest and most beautiful beaches of Tinos with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, water sport facilities and beach bars. Agios Fokas is considered as one of the most popular beaches of Tinos due to its close proximity to Hora.

Agios Petros is a sandy beach with emerald waters located on the west side of the island. It is an isolated beach ideal for those looking for seclusion and tranquility. Keep in mind that the beach gets really windy, especially in August, while visitors should make provisions for food and water.

Agios Romanos is a long sandy beach with emerald waters located on the southwest side of the island. Along the beach, one will find plenty of trees for natural shade along with a cozy tavern. Agios Romanos is one of the quietest beaches of Mykonos ideal for those looking for tranquility. One can follow the old path on the west of the beach in order to find the isolated beach of Apigania.

Agios Sostis is a sandy beach with crystal clear waters located on the south side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of Tinos with numerous amenities including taverns and a beach bar. One will have the opportunity to admire breathtaking views to the island of Mykonos from the homonymous chapel standing on the rock above the beach of Agios Sostis.

Hysternia is a sandy and pebbled cove with crystalline waters located on the west side of the island. It is one of the most secluded beaches of Tinos ideal for those looking for tranquility and relaxation. The sunset should not be missed, as the view of the surrounding isles in the astonishing colours of the sunset is a great spectacle. Within a walking distance from the beach, one will find several taverns along with a cafeteria.

Kantani is a sandy beach with crystal clear waters located on the west side of the island. It is an isolated beach ideal for those looking for tranquility and seclusion. Keep in mind that you should make provisions for food and water.

Kalivia is a sandy beach with crystal clear waters located on the south side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of the southern coast of Tinos naturally protected from the strong winds of the summer. Along the beach, one will find plenty of trees for natural shade. The beach is a true gem for lovers of nature.

Kionia is a long sandy beach with blue waters located on the southwest side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of Tinos with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas and water sports facilities. Remember to visit the ancient sanctuaries of Poseidon and Amphitrite that lies behind the beach.

Kolibithra is a beautiful bay located on the east side of the island. The bay consists from two beaches well protected from the strong winds. The bay of Kolibithra is fully organized and quite cosmopolitan while the large beach of Kolibithra is ideal for those who want to enjoy a peaceful swimming.

Lihnaftia is a sandy and pebbled beach with blue waters located on the southeast side of the island. It is one of the quietest beaches of Tinos ideal for those looking for tranquility. The peaceful environment and the gorgeous sceneries is an absolute delight for everybody. Remember to bring your own drinks and food, as you will find nothing nearby.

Livada is a sandy bay with crystal clear waters located on the east side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Tinos with an idyllic environment ideal for nature lovers. The unspoilt character of the beach maintains the wild beauty of the surrounding area. One will find a small tavern in a walking distance from the beach.

Pahia Ammos is a long sandy beach with crystal clear waters located on the southeast side of the island. It is one of the most isolated and exotic beaches of Tinos with beautiful dunes of fine golden sand. The unspoiled surroundings of Pahia Ammos is a true delight for anyone looking for tranquility.

Santa Margarita is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the east side of the island. It is a totally isolated beach ideal for those looking for seclusion and tranquility. The beach owes its name to the homonym catholic chapel of the area. Keep in mind that you should make provisions for food and water.

Coffee Corners, Gastronomic Delights and Cocktails Inspirations

Coffee Corners

Alexandra: Pastries, Pyrgos

Antilalos: Coffee & Pastries, Hora

Halaris: Pastries, Hora

Kafenio Tis Dimitras: Coffee, Kardiani

Mikro Kafe: Coffee, Hora

Sousouro: Coffee, Pyrgos

Gastronomic Delights

Akti Aegaiou: Greek Cuisine, Laouti

Agyra: Greek Cuisine, Pallada Hora

Asteria: Greek Cuisine, Agios Fokas

Bourou: Greek Cuisine, Kionia

Dio Horia: Greek Cuisine, Dio Horia

Drosia: Greek Cuisine, Ktikados

Katoi: Greek Cuisine, Smardakito

Marathia: Seafood, Hora

Metaxi Mas: Greek Cuisine, Hora

Mpeee: Steakhouse, Arnados

Myronia: Greek Cuisine, Pyrgos

O Ntinos: Greek Cuisine, Kardiani

Perivoli: Greek Cuisine, Kardiani

Renata Stou Manela: International Cuisine, Arnados

Ta Tsambia:  Greek Cuisine, Kionia

Thalassaki: Seafood, Hysternia

Cocktails Inspirations

Antilalos: Cocktails and Drinks, Hora

Kaktos: Cocktails and Drinks, Hora

Sivvilaki: Dance and Drinks, Hora

Symposion: Cocktails and Drinks, Hora

Local Products & Specialties

The local products of the island include the local cheeses of analati, gruyere, kopanisti and tiniako and the local capers. Tinos is also famous for the alcoholic drinks of ouzo, tsipouro and wine.

The local specialties of the island include the homemade pasta with tomato and basil, the sundried tomatoes, the meat dishes including louza, siglino and wild rabbit. Worth tasting the dishes made with artichokes. Sweets of Tinos include the custard filled pastry namely galaktoboureko.

Events & Festivals

Every 30th of January, the traditional celebration in honor of the discovery of the sacred icon takes place in the monastery of Panagia Megalohari. The feast consists from numerous ceremonies in the church of Panagia along with a litany of the miraculous icon.

Every 25th of March, the traditional celebration in honor of the Annunciation Virgin Mary takes place in the monastery of Panagia Megalohari. The feast consists from numerous ceremonies in the church of Panagia along with a litany of the miraculous icon. After the litany, there are traditional dances and delicacies are served to the pilgrims.

Every July, the Festival of Tinos takes place in the island. Numerous cultural events are held in many villages of Tinos. Other events follow during the months of August and September including musical concerts, art exhibitions and theater plays.

Every July, the International Literary Festival takes place in the island. The festival attracts talented and highly regarded authors from many countries around the world.

Every August, the Jazz Festival of Tinos takes place in the island. The festival attracts artists from various countries all over the world.

Every August, the Revival of Trawl takes place in the village of Kionia. Visitors gather at the beach and fish for a certain period of time. Thereafter, seafood and wine are offered to everybody followed from traditional music and dancing.

Every 15th of August, the traditional celebration in honor of the Assumption Virgin Mary takes place in the monastery of Panagia Megalohari. Pilgrims from all over Greece come to celebrate this day in Tinos. The feast lasts for two days consisting from numerous ceremonies in the church of Panagia along with a litany of the miraculous icon.

Numerous local products events are organized in Tinos including the Artichoke Festival of Komi in Mary, the Caper Festival of Steni in July, the Honey Festival of Kambos and the Raki Festival of Falatados in September.

History & Mythology

Mythology

According to mythology, Hercules chased and killed the sons of Aeolus, the God of the Winds, because they abandoned the Argonauts when the ship passed by Tinos. Hercules chased them up till the highest mountain of Tinos, namely Tsiknias, and killed them. When Aeolus found out, he was furious and decided to “punish” Tinos by blowing very strong meltemia, the northern winds of the Cyclades. This is the first thing you will notice when arriving in Tinos! However, the island is connected with another myth that states that Poseidon, the God of Sea, exempted the island from reptiles by sending a swarm of storks to exterminate them. Ever since, Poseidon is the protector of the island.

History

Archaeological excavations show that the island was firstly inhabited from the Phoenicians and the Ionians during the 11th century BC. The Ionians settled in Tinos around 1.130 BC. During that period, the island experienced a period of prosperity with impressive works being constructed. The aqueduct of Peisistratus was the most notable one. However, numerous remnants of ancient settlements show that inhabitation of Tinos started around the 3rd century BC. During the 6th century BC, the island was seized from Eretria while it became under the domination of the Persians in 490 BC. Nonetheless, the islanders regained their freedom back following the battle of Marathon. Thereafter, Tinos became a member of the Delian Alliance and it became independent in 386 BC. When Tinos became under the authority of Philip of Macedonia, the new era of Tinos hardy favored prosperity. Following the death of Alexander the Great, Tinos was dominated from the Egyptian Ptolemies, the successors of Alexander. In the 2nd century BC, the entire country of Greece became a part of the Roman Empire. During the Byzantine times, Tinos was often attacked from pirate invasions that led to the decline of the island.  In 1207, Tinos was governed from the Venetians namely Andrew and Jeremiah Ghisi. The Venetians managed to repulse the Ottoman attacks with the help of the locals until 1715, the time when Janoum Hodge occupied the island. As Tinos was known for its excellent defense, the Venetian governor of the island was accused of bribery and was condemned to death. After the Ottomans, Tinos was dominated from the Russians for five years who reconstructed the entire defense system of the island. Until 1821, Tinos was the economic capital of the Cyclades and the first Cycladic island to participate in the Greek Revolution. The island became part of the Modern Greek State in 1830. The history of the island was marked from the torpedoing of warship Elli in August 1940. During Second World War, the islanders suffered from the German and Italian occupation but managed to contribute to the Resistance against the oppressors.

 

Travel & Transport

By Boat (64 Nautical Miles): Tinos is accessible by boat from the harbors of Piraeus and Rafina. The journey usually lasts from one to four hours. The quickest way to get to Tinos is from the harbor of Rafina. Tinos is also connected with the islands of Andros, Delos, Kythnos, Mykonos, Syros and Naxos amongst others. Book your tickets with FerriesinGreece.com !

Mysterious Greece Tips

A Visit to Tinos Brewery

The microbrewery of the Cyclades was founded in the area of Vagia, just a few kilometers from Hora. The microbrewery produces the beer named Nisos, a fresh pilsner not pasteurized beer with a rich flavor! This small production beer is golden yellow with aromas of hops and citrus and rustic shades of malt and yeast that bitters the aftertaste! Are you interested in learning the way that the beer is produced? Do not hesitate to contact Nisos by calling 0030 22830 26333!

Artichoke, Caper, Honey & Raki: The Festivals of the Tinian Products

Numerous local products events are organized in Tinos including the Artichoke Festival of Komi in Mary, the Caper Festival of Steni in July, the Honey Festival of Kambos and the Raki Festival of Falatados in September.

Atelier Aicher: The Pottery Workshop of Tinos

The pottery workshop “Atelier Aicher” is the only pottery workshop working on the island that was founded from Margaret Delatola in 1982 with her husband Bernhard Aicher. If you want to learn the traditional art of pottery, you can attend the workshops organized during the year. The workshop is located in a distance of four kilometers from the town of Tinos near the village of Tripotamos.   

Discover the Lunar Landscapes and the Granite Rocks of Volax

The lunar landscape of Volax is definitely unique! Legends and myths accompany the famous granite rocks of the village. According to mythology, the rocks are the remnants of a legendary battle between gods and giants while geologists believe that the granite rocks were formed twenty million years ago with the changes in temperature and humidity. The granite rocks of Volax extend over an area of twenty two kilometers in the triangle between Livada, Falatados and Exomvourgo. There, you will witness one of the most impressive sights of Tinos!

Balconies of Tinos

The villages of Berdemiados, Dyo Horia and Triantaros are considered the balconies of Tinos! There, you will witness the best views of the island!

Basketry: Another Art of Tinos

Since the beginning of the 20th century, Tinos has been a center for basketry creations! Baskets, hampers and panniers are produced for the needs of farmers, fishermen and pilgrims.  In the village of Volax, one will have the opportunity to discover a few remaining basket weavers still making their country baskets!

Easter Celebrations of Tinos

Easter in Tinos is an amazing happening that you should definitely experience! On Holy Friday, the six epitaphs are gathered at the beach of Hora.  Then, the epitaph of Agios Nikolaos, along with all the people, is taken to the beach of Vathy Kladaki and the priest chants a memorial for the seamen who lost their lives in the sea. The epitaph of Virgin Mary, the most impressive of all, is taken to the church of Panagia Megalohari and is held high so that pilgrims can walk under it. On the morning of Holy Saturday, one of the priests wanders a basket with lemon leaves to the pilgrims to put them in their pockets for good luck while red eggs are distributed to the people in the churchyard of Panagia Megalohari on the evening of the Resurrection. On Easter Sunday, the holy liturgy is held in the church of Megalohari while the litany of the holy icon takes place in the village of Ktikados on Easter Monday. One can witness the Easter traditions of Tinos at the villages of Dyo Horia, Hysternia, Kardiani, Triantaros, Volax and many more!

Enjoying a Cocktail at Kaktos in Hora

Hiding in the labyrinthine alleys of Hora, Kaktos Cocktail Bar is one of the best places to enjoy your cocktail in its lovely terrace overlooking the endless blue of the Aegean!

Explore the Unexplored: Tinos Villages

Indeed the endless sandy beaches and the turquoise waters of Tinos act as a magnet for travellers, however the gems of the island are the authentic villages. Mostly mountainous, forgotten in another era but with surprisingly verdant landscapes that do not resemble in any way the barren sceneries of the Cyclades. All the villages deserve a visit! However, if you don’t have time, make sure you visit the villages of Falatados, Hysternia Kardiani, Pyrgos and Volax!

Full Moon Nights from the Beach of Lihnaftia

The blue horizon seems infinite in the beach of Lihnaftia making it an ideal place for romantic couples with the marvelous scenery in a full moon night! Others can also visit the village of Tripotamos and sit on the hill in order to enjoy the moonlight!

Hiking at Its Best: The Lighthouse of Livada

The lighthouse of Livada is located on cape Papargeris, just a few kilometers away from the beach of Livada. The path begins from the main village of Hora towards the village of Steni with direction to the highest mountain of Tinos, Tsiknias.Passing through the village of Steni towards Myrsini, one will arrive at the beginning of a dirt road that encircles Tsiknia. After two kilometers of a downhill and rough road, you will reach the lighthouse.

It’s Sunset Time

Wondering where will you admire the most beautiful sunset with your other half? Head towards to the village of Mali on the northeast edge of Tinos and the beach of Gastria on the southwest side of Tinos!

Let the Winds Choose your Beach

It is highly recommended to take advise from the locals in order to choose the beach depending on the direction of the winds! Choose one of the southern beaches when the north wind blows while choose one of the northern beaches when the south wind blows! Don’t overlook what the locals will tell you!

Love Village

Agapi is one of the oldest villages of Tinos with particularly beautiful architecture located on the east side of the island. The beautiful settlement is hidden in the mountainous hills and the verdant vegetation. One of the most abundant brooks of Tinos finds its way through the valley dotted with well preserved dovecotes. Agapi is one of the most traditional villages of the island!

Mysterious Tinos: Discover the Treasures of the Hinterland

Are you keen in discovering ruined villages, abandoned monasteries and crumbling castles? This is the mysterious face of Tinos! During the 19th century, Tinos used to have more than sixty villages but some of them were abandoned. Ismael, Marla, Mamados, Apergados, Modenados, Kaloumenados, Smirados and many more are waiting to be discovered. The most renowned abandoned village is the village of Monastiria. It was built before 1600 and it was completely abandoned several decades ago. You will find dozens of abandoned villages on the axis of the villages of Tripotamos – Moundados. If you observe carefully the map of Tinos, you will find out that all the abandoned villages encircle the rocky cliff of Exomvourgo. This was the heart of the island in the early years of the Ottoman Empire. O

Natural Explorations

The village of Perastra is the ideal destination for lovers of nature! The green village is built in a verdant ravine with stone bridges and traditional fountains! A traditional stone path leads from Perastra to Komi!

Observing like An Olympian God

Tinos offers magnificent views to the endless blue of the Aegean. If you decide to visit the church of the Sacred Hear of Jesus, you will enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding area. From there, you can follow the bumpy cobblestone path to the top. If the atmosphere is clear, the view is really impressive as you will be able to see more than twenty islands of the Cyclades!

Off Road Adventures: The Strait of Tinos and Andros

If you are an off road lover, it is worth driving to the Strait of Tinos Andros! Accessibility is rather easy, as the dirt road is not so rocky. The landscape is rugged and the slope us steep and threatening, as the road is one the brink of the cliff with the sea stretching out to the horizon.

Spring and Autumn in Tinos

Tinos is an ideal destination for spring and autumn owing to the verdant vegetation of the land of the island! Lovers of nature will have the opportunity to discover numerous landscapes of natural and wild beauty! Choose to visit this island in another period, other than summer, in order to discover the numerous villages of Tinos by walking at the old cobblestone paths of the hinterland!

Swimming to Planet Isle

Kavalourkos, else known as Kavalargos, is a small sandy beach with pebbles in the area of Panormos. If you are courageous enough, you can approach the isle of Planitis with its lighthouse by swimming!

Tiniako Cheese: The Products of Tinos

The cheese factory of the Agricultural Cooperative of Tinos operates since 1981. Although it produces a wide variety of dairy products including graviera, kopanisti and mizithra cheese, the most renowned product is the local round cheese namely Tiniako that is one of the most authentic cheeses of Greece! You can find the traditional products of Tinos at the Shop of the Agricultural Cooperative of Tinos in Hora. The address is 22, Megaloharis Avenue.

Workshops for Marble Sculpture

Marble carving began in the Cyclades more than five thousands years ago. Since then, Naxos, Paros and Tinos remain the most famous centers for marble carving in Greece. One will have the opportunity to discover the history of marble carving in the Museum of Marble Crafts in the village of Pyrgos. The tradition of marble carving is still continued from the School of Fine Arts in Panormos. If you are really interested into knowing the art of marble sculpture, you can attend the intensive workshops of marble carving with the Greek sculptor Petros Delatollas!

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Agia Thalassa Beach: The Douros by Flickr

Agios Fokas Beach: Sofia Aretou by Flickr

Church of Panagia Katapoliani: Agones by Panoramio

Dovecote: Agones by Panoramio

Dovecote: Tim Dugan by Flickr

Exomvourgo: Phaethon by Panoramio

Hysternia Village: Vagelis Papacharalabous by Panoramio

Kantani Beach: Zack Sofianos by Panoramio

Kardiani Village: Rodou.lol by Wikimedia

Lighthouse of Livada: Phaethon by Panoramio

Monastery of Agia Triadda Falatados: Alan Wainwright by Flickr

Monastiria Village: Dipphotos by Panoramio

Old Paths: Thehouse.gr

Pahia Ammos Beach: Miltosgl by Panoramio

Panagia Megalohari: Shutterstock

Santa Margarita Beach: Rebexho by Panoramio

Sunset in Hora: Kostas Tsolis by Skaikairos.gr

Volax Granite Rocks: Jimel69 by Wikimedia

Vriokastro Hill: Miltosgl by Panoramio

Windmill: Stathis Chionidis by Panoramio