The road winds its way up from Tinos to Monastiri with amazing views over the Chora on the way.
A visit here to the convent of our Lady of Angels, which is situated on Mt. Kechrovouni at an altitude of over 500m. It was here that Sister Pelagia, the nun, was. Its said that the Virgin Mary appeared before her in a vision in July 1822 and showed her the location of where Her icon was buried. Hence the church in Tinos, made of fine marble was later built. Today about 50 nuns live here. Monastiri is close to the highest village in Tinos.
This rocky crag with its fortress atop dominates the surrounding area, Tinos is only a small island so it can often be seen. Xobourgo was the capital of Tinos during its venetian occupation.
Its worth climbing the cobbled path for the views over the island. At the foot of the rocky outcrop is a church with a statue in the forecourt - a small replica of of the one in Rio de Janerio. We saw a group of ramblers here hiking the paths over to the beach. Apparently quite a few treks around the area but even in May it was a bit warm for hiking long paths. They were heading over to the beach at Kolymbithra and we were the only other tourists they had seen since their arrival on the island!
Tinos Town, or Chora, is the capital of Tinos and is the main port of the island. Several cafes and bars line the promenade by the harbour and the main square has more traditional tavernas. At the far end of town, on aslight hill, is a memorial park area with good vantage point over the town centre.
Kardiani is a picturesque, verdant, village on the slopes of a mountain, offering lovely views down to the Aegean Sea. Lots of steps DOWN into the village which had to be climbed back in the heat They said there was a path to the sea from here - but looking at the views it would be heck of a climb back! it looked miles away, the view was beautiful though. Springs in this area keep the vegetation green. There are two churches here, the top one had a terrace to enjoy the sweeping panorama.
Kambos and Tamrambados are tiny villages, hamlets almost. They are surrounded by many traditional dovecotes, scattered in the landscape of the island. The venetians bred doves during their reign, it was a delicacy for them, so hence dovecotes became a tradition on Tinos - they can be seen in various styles, each with their own personality.
Panormos is the seaport of Prygos. It happened to be the sunniest and warmest place of our trip, perhaps that s why is was our favourite. A good place for lunch if not already had it. Tavernas were busy here and we enjoyed strolling around the harbour and watching the fishermen sorting out their nets. Its a natural bay with an islet on which stands a lighthouse. we had lovely views of this bay for quite a way as we travelled along the road.
Kolymbithra is a natural bay with lovely sandy beaches - parasols and sunbeds were available. It was blissfully quiet and we enjoyed a good lunch here at the taverna just above and enjoyed the views. Several apartments are available here but season had not got going yet and few were being used.
Loutra is a picturesque village, mostly distinguishes for its impressive monasteries, such as the monastery of Ursulines and of Jesuits. It was fairly quiet for our visit here so we just enjoyed a brief stroll around the village and took some pictures. As with many of the villages you need to walk down into the centre and then climb back up!.
Volax village is built amogst large round rocks - its quite an eerie landscape driving up to the village! The rocks are considered to be a unique geological phenomenon. Its opnly a small village but its quaint and pretty. BAsket weaving is the artisrty of the village and basket weavers can be seen and several baskets adorn the doorsteps. A small outdoor theatre can be found just outside the village. A taverna at the entrance provides some welcome refreshment too.
A new museum has been added to the rich museum tradition of the island of Tinos: the brand-new "Museum of Traditional Pottery of Tinos", in the small village of AETOFOLIA.It has been inaugurated only in the 7th of August 2009!
Aetofolia (in Greek means: Eagle's nest, what a poetic name for a small village!), is a small village on the central part of Tinos.It is the last one of a row of beautiful well-kept villages and its inhabitants are Catholic.(It is very important to make this distinction, when you are talking about the villages of the island of Tinos!).
The Museum is housed in a traditional Tinian house, which was bought by the Cultural Association of the Aetofolians, in order to serve as the Pottery Museum.The village has a notable tradition in pottery, since the 19th and 20th century, when pottery workshops used to operate there.According to the appeal of the Association, the locals have donated a lot of pots, jars and similar stuff, in order to be preserved, registered and then exposed to the Museum.This used to be the main core of the collection.
Marble is a material that holds a special place in tha art and architecture of Greece from Antiquity to the present.What is more: Tinos is an island that since Ancient Times produces an excellent quality of marble, as well a considerable number of marble-carvers.Tinos is the birth place of marble crafts in modern Greece and Tinian marble-carvers enjoy of the best reputation in Greece, as well as world-wide.
To fill this gap, the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation (PIOP) decided to built the first museum of its kind in the village of Pyrgos, the village, par excellence, of marble-carvers!
The Museum is housed in modern, fully-equipped premises, in harmony with the distinctive Tinian landscape, it includes a multi-purpose Hall.The permanent exhibition includes diverse original works in marble for secular, ecclesiastical, funerary and everyday use.
A visit to the island of Tinos would be incomplete, without visiting this unique and original museum!
If it happens to visit Tinos during summer time, you should not miss some of the cultural events, organized by the "Exombourgo Municipality"!
Exombourgo is the name of the second in importance Municipality in the island of Tinos and it comprises almost all the villages outside the city of Tinos.The Festival takes place during the summer time and offers a great variety of cultural events, namely: photo, sculpture and painting exhibitions, a lot of concerts with Greek music (folk or popular one), nigths with classical music and theatre performances.
This summer the Exombourgo Festival starts on 20 July 2008 and finishes on 21 September 2008.
You can ask for the detailed programme.
the history of the convent goes to 10th century. since 1822, its history has been closely linked to Tinos church of Panagia Evagelistria as Pelagia, a local nun who had had a vision of a hidden icon, was from this convent.
It is an important place of pilgrimage and Pelagia's cell as well as her skull (don't ask me why) can been seen. The convent’s religious community consists about fifty nuns who live in a small village behind the convent walls.
If you are planning on visiting this convent, beware of a very strict dress code - your legs and shoulders have to be covered. if you are a man, you must wear pants not shorts and shirts with sleeves (no matter how hot it is outside). a woman to enter must wear a skirt that goes below knees and a long-sleeve blouse or to cover shoulders with a shawl. the fact that you are a tourist unaware of local traditions, will not help. to the contrary, it might make nuns very angry and you will be ask to leave the convent.
This one round boulder is quite eroded. Funnily you can find it not in the part where these boulders are common, but it sits - lonely right at the road between Ag. Marina and Kardiani (about middle distance).
It is big enough so a person can stand easily under the hollowed out "roof".
I wonder where it came from. There is a sign next to it, but since someone demolished it, you can't read it anymore.
Volax is another lovely greek village on Tinos. Its special charme comes from the location in the midst of these round boulders you can only find in one part of Tinos island.
It is interesting to see how the houses have been built around these boulders and how some have incorporated them.
Volax is also well known for its basket makers. In the summertime they sit in front of their houses and you can watch how the baskets are done.
There is an amphitheatre in the village that has - in the summertime - theatre plays, singers and such. Of course only after it went dark - and the stars above .... must be wonderful.