ACTIVITIES

Nightlife in the old part of town, shopping (honey, cheeses, marble artwork from the Art School in Pyrgos, baskets in Volax) and heavenly swimming, sunbathing, sailing and exploring. Take a picnic, your snorkeling gear, sketch book and your camera, and explore.

The handmade island

Tinos, known as the island of Arts and Culture, constitutes the center of marble craftsmanship in modern Greece and the motherland of numerous local craftsmen and acclaimed artists of the past and present times. As such, it offers the visitors the opportunity to discover its rich heritage through museums, art exhibitions, archaeological and religious sites, as well as through the living tradition of the active marble quarries, the marble workshops of the northern villages and the classrooms of the Preparatory and Professional School of Fine Arts of Pyrgos.

One of the island’s top touristic attractions is its well-preserved rural landscape, which bears the most distinctive qualities of its surviving tangible heritage. The main characteristic here are the innumerous “steps”, small land strips defined and supported by traditional stone walls which are encountered throughout the island, as a result of the deliberate effort of the local residents to facilitate their farming activities in a steep and rocky environment. These stepped formations of the Tinian landscape are surrounded by abandoned archetypal constructions, such as dovecotes, windmills, footpaths and traditional stone buildings, which compose a network of unique local identity that led to the characterization of Tinos as the handmade island.

Tinos’ handmade heritage is accessible through a wide range of services and activities which are available all year long and provide authentic experiences of its culture and nature, including trekking in rewarding footpath networks, horse riding activities and athletic events which take place in the island’s most picturesque settings. At the same time, due to its geomorphological distinctiveness, the island constitutes the ideal place for extreme sports and outdoor activities like climbing, bouldering, surfing, and diving, which allow visitors to discover more of its untouched natural beauty.

This unique local identity of Tinos, coming from its rich cultural and natural heritage, unfolds in front of the eyes of the visitors under a charming natural light which is believed to create a unique “sense of place”, making them want to visit the island again and again. The never-ending sequence of images which are encountered in the Tinian landscape, featuring active and abandoned quarries, rural complexes, temples, dovecotes, picturesque settlements, outstanding sculptures and works of art of acclaimed artists, stunning natural sites and impressive geological formations, put together a inexhaustible canvas of untouched beauty which awaits for the visitors to discover it and create lasting memories attached to it forever.

SEE & DO

Costas Tsoclis Museum

The main aim of the Museum is to promote awareness of Costas Tsoclis’s work, so that the general public can be brought into contact with contemporary art.
The Museum holds a complete archive of the artist’s works, and television programmes dedicated to his thought and work will be shown daily in a special viewing room.
Each year the exhibit in one of the three areas of the Museum will be replaced with another work or works from a different period of Tsoclis’s development, and the exhibits in the other two areas will remain the same, thus ensuring continuity of the Museum’s character while maintaining visitors’ interest by an ever – changing overall exhibition.

Parallel activities of the Museum include:
— Art library
— Planning and presentation of lectures
— Seminars for teachers
— Daily creative activity programmes for children
— Art Cinema Club
— Theatrical and musical performances in the theatre at Koumaros

Archaeological museum

Located on the main road leading from the port to the church of Megalochari. You will find a rich collection of pottery and household items from various periods, vases of the geometric period and amphorae and large clay pots and tombstones of the 5th century, found in Exombourgo and in Cavos. Pieces of the Poseidon and Amphitriti temple are exhibited in the courtyard of the museum.In the museum there is also a rare collection of ancient coins of Tinos on display as well as a beautiful mosaic floor found in Panagia.

 

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Poseidon Temple

In ancient times, Tinos was one of the most important religious centers, contemporary to that of Delos. In the 5th century BC it became famous as a center of worship of Poseidon, who, besides as the sea god, was also worshiped as a healer. In the 3rd century BC the temple was reconstructed and expanded. At the same time the worship of Amfitriti, wife of Poseidon and patron of feminine fertility, was introduced.

Devotees would come to the temple for three main reasons:

Travelers to remote destinations rushed to propitiate Poseidon to ensure a fair wind during the journey.
The temple of Poseidon was considered equal to that of Asklepios in Epidaurus. Patients begged Poseidon to heal them. They participated in rituals and followed treatments given by the priests of the temple.
Tinos was the antechamber of the pilgrims to Delos. Pilgrims had to purify themselves in the baths of Poseidon in order to arrive immaculate to Delos.
In the mid-1st century BC the temple starts to decline and in the 3rd century AD it was abandoned, due to the problems of the Roman Empire and the invasions of the Heruli.

Today you can see parts of the foundations of the temples, the guesthouse and the bath, and a platform. Among the findings there are several sculptures and decorations of the temple which testify its glory.

In the area extensive works have taken place. In order to protect the ancient ruins, visitors move in corridors and wooden bridges.

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The paths of the island are stone or slate paved roads of 400km total length where you hardly meet any upright stones. Their history goes back in the ancient times, when the named Vari – the most known and significant path till nowadays- connected Ancient Town to the Towns in the center of Tinos. However, the verification of the paths age is at some points quite difficult because the way of their construction remains the same and unaltered in the lapse of the centuries.
The program “Alternative Forms of Tourism – Promotion of Cultural Interest Itineraries” restored and marked trails in areas of great cultural interest
The ten official journeys are:

1.  Falatados – [Myrsini] – Maganari – Plati – Coast of Livada
2.  Xinara – Xobourgo – Koumaros – Skalados – Krokos -Loutra- Perastra – Smardakito – Tarambados- Kambos
3.  Monastery Kechrovouni – Mountados – Sperados – Tripotamos – Xobourgo
4.  Kionia – [Hatzirados] – Ktikados – Smourdia – Vari – Poles – Chora
5.  Falatados (Kathlikados) – Volax – Griza – Sklavochorio – Agapi
6.  Steni – Potamia – Maroulis – Lychnaftia
7.  Myrsini – Prophet Elias – Top of Tsiknias
8.  Dyo Choria – Mandalou – Phaneromene – Kunares – [Ag Varvara] – Agios Sostis
9.  Kardiani – [Bay Giannakis] – Ysternia – [Bay Ysternia] – Platia – Pyrgos – [Panormos] – Marlas – Mamados
10. Kalloni – [Karkados] – Aetofolia- Koris’ Pyrgos – Stavria- Monastery – Katapolianis – Platia – [Pyrgos] – Rohari

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Panagia Tinou

The imposing church of Panagia Tinou (Virgin Mary of Tinos) was founded in 1823, on the spot where the icon of the Annunciation was found, following Aghia Pelaghia’s vision.

Made of white marble, it is a brilliant structure, the first remarkable architectural monument of the liberated Greek nation.

Entering the church from the main gate, you can see on your left the miraculous icon of the Annunciation, full of offerings. The church itself is also full of offerings, each one of them reminding a miracle.

Under this magnificent church, you can visit the church of Evressi (the Discovery), which is dedicated to Zoodochos Pighi (Life Giving Fountain). Entering it, you can see, on your left, the remainings of an early Christian church, dedicated to Aghios Ioannis (St.John). On the same spot there was once the ancient greek temple of Dionyssos.

On the right of the entrance to the church of Evressi there is the Mausoleum of Elli, which was the ship torpedoed by an italian submarine outside the port of Tinos in 1940. Bones of the victims of that day are kept here, as well as part of the torpedo and ship items.

Buildings of interest around the church are the Museum of Tinian Artists, the Art Gallery, the Exhibition of the sacred relics, the Sacristy and the Archive of the Holy Foundation.

The yard in front of the main entrance to the complex is of exceptional folk art, paved with pebbles, and was constructed in 1833.

Whether Catholic or Orthodox, all people of Tinos have a deep love for Virgin Mary. The Orthodox celebrate on the 25th of March and the 15th of August and the Catholics on the first Sunday of May and the 15th of August as well.

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Agios Romanos

Clean, large, sheltered, sandy, easily accessible by car it has turquoise water and is shaded by trees.
You will find something to eat in the nearby tavern.

Apigania

Isolated, sheltered with fine sand, it is one of the most exotic beaches of the island. Make sure you bring water and an umbrella for the sun.

Located between Kionia and Giannakis bay, it is pretty quiet, not organized and not accessible by car.

Many people consider it the most beautiful beach of the island. Although not easily accessible, it will reward you.

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Kardiani

One of the most beautiful villages of the island that you should not miss. 16 kilometers away from Chora, it is the first village of Exo Meria. It is situated on the mountainside “Pateles” and has a spectacular view over the sea.

Full of green, with crystal clear waters, tall plane trees, beautiful two storey houses with flower gardens, whitewashed cobbled roads, arches and alleys, it will definitely cause your admiration.

There are three big churches: Aghia Triada (Holy Trinity) on one edge of the village, Kimisi (Dormition) in the center, and Kioura at the other end, where cool water springs from its foundations.

Before arriving at the village a road leads to the beaches: Aghios Petros, Kalivia, Ormos Giannaki. In the latter you will find rooms to let and taverns.

Dyo Choria

Situated on a green and fertile hillside, it is considered the balcony of Tinos along with “Triantaros” and “Berdemiaros”. Its name derives from two nearby settlements which later formed a beautiful village (dyo choria = two villages).

It is worth walking through its narrow streets and admire the simple Cycladic architecture. Standing on its big square with the plane trees and bougainvilleas you can see a number of islands scattered in the central Aegean Sea far away. It is situated at an altitude of 450 m above sea level and has many interesting spots, such as springs with gurgling water, a well planted ravine, narrow cobblestone paths and picturesque arches of the medieval era.

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The Tinian cuisine has a tradition and history. Taste and quality are the two characteristics. Fresh fish, the famous Tinian veal and local agricultural products are the basis of Tinian kitchen. The island is now one culinary challenge that urges you to accept it.

The options are endless: in Chora, in picturesque fishing villages, in traditional villages and modern organized beaches you can enjoy sophisticated food at an affordable price for all budgets. You can choose between local dishes and contemporary cooking, tasty appetizers and Italian cuisine, fresh fish and Tinian omelette with sausages, light appetizers for raki and more sophisticated dishes.

All you have to do is choose the environment and type of cuisine.

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TASTE

Tinos is rich in local products and its local cuisine is quite different from the other Cycladic Islands. It is worth to try the custard-filled pastry called galaktomboureko, the home made pasta with tomato and basil, the local sundried tomatoes, the local cheese called tiniako, the local capers, generously used in salads and in various dishes, the meat products such as louza, siglino, wild rabbit, pigeon cooked in tomato sauce and sausages.

Another tasty specialty of Tinos is dishes with artichokes for the island produces a lot of them, of a high quality, especially in the area of Kato Meri. Some of these delicious original dishes are artichoke omelette, artichoke salad, artichoke with liver and rice, artichoke with pasta, artichoke and rabbit and much more. Worth trying are also the delicious local sweets. The excellent thyme honey is a must. The local tsipouro and ouzo as well as the local wine are also great.
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A local annual Gastronomy Festival in Tinos
Tinos Food Paths Gastronomy Festival, tries to combine innovation with tradition putting housewives alongside renowned chefs. Guests of the festival are coming from all areas of gastronomy, ready to share their experiences with all the participants, but moreover to be inspired by the local production, the gastronomy the traditions and the people of Tinos.

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Email: tinosfoodpaths@gmail.com

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Best for

Pristine sandy beaches, marble sculptures, architecture (arguably the most picturesque villages in Greece), courteous, pious and hospitable islanders, local delicacies like marzipan, a traditional and cultured atmosphere and some great food. Easy access to and from Athens by frequent ferries and hydrofoils.

Worse for

Wandering about in small boats: the swirling northerly winds (winds) blow 120-160 days a year, as in most of  Cyclades.

Would fit

Architects, artists, beachcombers, hikers and lovers of tradition and excellent food.

It will not fit

Flamboyant socialites wanting organized beaches with waiter service.

Do not miss

Seeking a blessing from the miraculous image of the Virgin Mary’s icon. August 15th is the largest pilgrimage in Greece and a spectacle for photographers with the carnival atmosphere. Eight hundred Venetian pigeon with piercings lacy stucco, and the same number of churches and chapels in the country. Also, do not miss the School of Sculpture in Pyrgos. “

Low demand period

May / June and September / October are ideal for wild flowers, beaches for yourself, and characterful restaurants open after long walks on windless days to look for indigenous hedgehogs and badgers.

Tinos can be reached by boat either from Rafina Port (about 40 km from Athens Airport) or from Piraeus. One can also fly to Mykonos and take a boat from there to Tinos (20 min distance).

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Tinos is the archetypal Cycladic island without the scourge of too much tourism. An unusual and rare low lying vegetation covered, mountainous mass peppered with rare rock formations, with the typical dry terraces, rocky peaks, a number of wind protected wide sandy beaches, exquisite blue waters and small fertile valleys of Cyclades. Greek Mythology says that Aeolus, the ancient guardian of the winds, lived, at the top of Mount Tsiknias. Tinos is cooled off by a nice summer breeze but occasionally some stronger winds.

There is a plethora of Architectural styles and different look and feel between the capital Chora (city) crowned by the world-renowned  Panagia of Tinos a Huge creamy white church with an Icon of the blessed Mary which many believe has healing powers and flock there every year and the mountainous country villages, with their traditional architecture and pigeon houses perching high above the undulating plateaus and small valleys with well-developed agriculture and running water. It does not take long to notice that Tinos is famous for a number of very well known sculptures and painters and in general artists that have left their mark on the island that still has schools that teach sculpting of marble

There are numerous beaches and bays. One will actually be spoiled for choice. The small port of Panormos is featuring the best fish restaurants on the island. The village of Volax  in the North There are numerous beaches and bays. One will actually be spoiled for choice. The small port of Panormos is featuring the best fish restaurants on the island. The village of Volax in the North boasts a lunar landscape of giant boulders that look like they have fallen from the sky and up to today provides Greece with new generations of basket-weavers. It also demonstrates a perfect modern amphitheater for cultural events. The 800 pigeon lofts that pepper the island are never the same and each has a unique architecture. The art and passion of local artisans created these practical barns and decorative bird houses after Venetian feudal conquerors encouraged pigeons breeding . a lunar landscape of giant boulders There are numerous beaches and bays. One will actually be spoiled for choice. The small port of Panormos is featuring the best fish restaurants on the island. The village of Volax in the North boasts a lunar landscape of giant boulders that look like they have fallen from the sky and up to today provides Greece with new generations of basket-weavers. It also demonstrates a perfect modern amphitheater for cultural events. The 800 pigeon lofts that pepper the island are never the same and each has a unique architecture. The art and passion of local artisans created these practical barns and decorative bird houses after Venetian feudal conquerors encouraged pigeons breeding .The art and passion of local artisans created these practical barns and decorative bird houses after Venetian feudal conquerors encouraged  pigeons breeding .

Tinos is a typical Cycladic island that has not been affected by the onslaught of mass tourism. The people are warm and friendly. Whitewashed buildings gleaming in the midday sun, a mini-maze of alleyways descends down to the harbor and to the beautiful beaches around the island.There are over 50 traditional villages to visit and explore, with tavernas, restaurants, cafes and quaint old houses and newer decorated with elaborate marble pieces. If by any chance you feel the need for “international crazy party life” Mykonos is not more than 5 miles away from Tinos (their tips almost touch each other) . You can almost swim across (not recommended). Numerous boats connect the two islands every day,  but make sure you return to enjoy Greece

For shopping, the Port of Tinos (Chora) has supermarkets, bakeries, butcher shops, fisher shops, gift shops, post office, car hire agencies etc. Four banks with ATMs are also available. Facilities for water sports, fishing, diving, etc. are provided. Restaurants, pizzerias and tavernas serving local cuisine and fish dishes can be found in Chora.

Tinos is an idyllic destination, a place to be from April to October.

In spring, the island is green. The weather is sweet. It is the ideal time for hiking and visiting the villages. In summer, many beaches are magnificent. The temperature stays around 28 degrees Celsious (90 degrees F). September is really warm and beautiful, less windy than in August.

May / June and September / October are ideal for wild flowers, beaches for yourself, and characterful restaurants open after long walks on windless days to look for indigenous hedgehogs and badgers.