what to buy: what to buy
At Tinos town you will be surprised of the numerous religious artifacts especially if you don’t know why most of the greek come here on the first place which is a pilgrimage to the holy icon of Virgin Mary. That’s why the two main streets that lead to Evagelistria church are lined with numerous stores that sell everything that could be related with the church.
Small or big icons, bottles for the holy water from Zoodochou Pigi church, incense, tamata (votive offerings made by from middle east, and candles, lots candles on every possible size (from 15cm to 2,5m high!). Orthodox people light a candle every time they get inside a church but in Tinos they come for something much bigger or just to show their devotion and they need much bigger ones…
But Tinos has much more to offer, wooden and marble items for decoration, paintings and sculptures, jewelry are just some of them. The truth is that we focused on the local products that are related with our stomachs :) Tinos is famous for the local graviera cheese (it is nice but I prefer the one from Crete), local meats and sausages (louza is the most famous, it is a pork sausage with spices marinated in wine and dried in the sun), but also for many desserts, especially those based on almonds, lychnarakia are the most popular and the ones we took more than one box :) We also bought kapari (caper), the locals use it in almost every salad and plate. We tried some local greens too and some local marmelade.
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It is the custom to light candles in the churches to remind of your deceased relatives and friends and maybe to beg for a favour.
Tinos is a well known pilgrimage place and the church of Tinos town is an attraction for many from Greece and elsewhere.
What to buy: On Tinos you should buy and light a candle that is bigger than your own height. Don't worry, there are some really big candles you can buy.
The candles are made of bees wax.
By the way - who says that there is no recycling in Greece? With these candles recycling is very obvious :-) You light them iin the church ... some minutes later they get put out. The candles are melted and made into new ones ... that you can again buy in the shops.
That is not only done because of the money. There are sometimes so many people lighting candles in the church of Tinos town, that the place just does not suffice.
What to pay: The prices differ depending on the height from 1 Euro to 6 Euros
the Street to the Church: Religious souvenirs and more
the main street that leads from the harbor up to the Church is dotted with numerous colorful stalls selling various religious-related stuff, like icons, incense, candles, medallions, and tamata (tin, silver, and gold votives).
What to buy: you can also find local embroidery, weavings, souvenirs, and the delicious halvadopita (nougat), as well as loukoumia from the neighboring Syros Island.
Champion-Marinopoulos: Grocery shopping in Greece
whether you are on budget, or just would like to get some basic things like water, olives, cheese, vine, etc., go to a Champion-Marinopoulos store. it's conviently located at the water front in Tinos, modern and affordable supermarket with decent variary of Greek-made and international products.
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"MESKLIES" PASTRY SHOP: Numerous "Sweet Temptations"!
The "sweet institution" of Tinos, is called: MESKLIES!
Since 1975, Mesklies Pastry shop is responsible for numerous "sweet crimes", ranging from traditional "Lychnarakia" to "Amygdalota", plus ice cream, made of local Tinian milk.
All goodies are served at their cafe, but take-away service is also available.
What to buy: Lychnarakia
What to pay: It depends on what are you going to buy, as well as, to the quantity.
Anyway, prices are very affordable.
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