a peaceful island of 40 whitewashed villages, dovecotes mills and more than 700 churches
An island dominated by its famous church
People get disappointed with Tinos Town as its not attractive with ugly architecture close to the port and although just beyond the port there are some picturesque small alleys and typical Cycladic houses most part of Tinos town is covered with ugly buildings that don’t fit, most of them were built in the 60s and the result was what we see today....more
Tinos island is famous for its dovecotes! There are many of them all over the island but most of them are located in the middle and middle-east part. There are about 1000 dovecotes in total but what makes them interesting is not only their size (they are 2 storey structures) but also the decoration, they have beautiful slate patterns on the...more
Approaching Tinos island by boat you will notice a mountain in the middle. It’s Exomburbo, the biggest mountain of Tinos which is 641 meter high that was the epicenter of the island in pre Christian era. Many artifacts were founded here that belongs to the ancient acropolis that dated back to 2000 BC, I saw many of them at the Archeological Museum...more
With a coastline that is 114km long is no surprise that there are many beaches too. Obviously most people they don’t realize that this not just a religious island but also a place where you can swim and have a typical sunburn like in any greek island :)There are different types of beaches some sandy ones but also many with pebbles. The ones near...more
Ysternia is a nice village that is built at 310 meters above the sea, on the steep slope of mount Meroviglia, for this reason it has great view over the Aegean sea. There’s a marble path that connects the village with Ysternia bay (pic 4) 4,5km away. You can see marble everywhere, down on the streets, at the beautiful arches, the squares etc. We...more
Pyrgos (officially known as Panormos) is the second biggest town in Tinos island with about 700 inhabitants.We visited Pyrgos after swimming at Panormos beach which is just 3km away.Although it wasn’t the most impressive village we spent lots of time getting lost on the picturesque alleys. There are lots of nice houses, and many cafes for a nice...more
Located on the northwest part of the island Panormos Bay was a relaxing seaside small town where we visited for our evening swim. It is actually the seaport of Pyrgos village that is located 3km mainland and you combine both like we did. Panormos has a picturesque small harbor with lots of seafood restaurants along the main road where you can have...more
Kionia is a small area 2km west of Tinos town with a popular beach where we spent a relaxing evening swimming on the clear waters. It is well developed but gets a bit packed during high season because not only the people from Tinos Town come here but there are also many hotels rooms and restaurants at the back side of the beach along the coast...more
So, why all these people come here to see this 800 years old miraculous icon?On july 23, 1822 Sister Pelagia, a local nun from Kechrovounio monastery had a vision of Virgin Mary. Excavations for the icon started on the spot she suggested but nothing was found until autumn 1822 when the remains of a byzantine temple(Agios Ioannis Prodromos) and an...more
Elli was a Hellenic warship (fleet) that took part in WWI for French navy and then for the Greek navy during the Greek-Turkish war (1919-22).On august 15, 1940 Tinos was celebrating the annual feast of Assumption on Evagelistria church. Elli was moored off the port of Tinos participating in the celebration. It was early in the morning (8.30am) when...more
Kardiani is a village located on steep slope of Pateles mountain with amazing view over Yiannaki bay that you can find a nice pebble beach and some restaurants (we preferred a picturesque small café where we had an iced tea). You can admire the view from many spots, from top of Agia Triada church (pic 5) or from Kiouras square (pic 2) where the...more
Tinos can be the sacred island for all the Orthodox people, but at the same time, is the sacred island for the Catholic Greeks, as well!The Catholic Sanctuary of "Panaghia i Vryssiotissa" or "Our Lady of the Fountain" is dedicated to the Virgin and celebrates on the 15th of August.In the 17th century A.D. , around 1600-1619, a miraculous icon of...more
Having spent a pleasant couple of hours wandering the town, with of course a leisurely frappe break, it was time for lunch and I found a little square just on the edge of the town not far from the port. Here there were two equally inviting cafes taking up the two shaded sides, both fairly busy and both with blackboard menus outside written mainly...more
A small croissanterie, with a little outside seating area. Friendly staff and really good prices, with a nice view of the harbour. A great place for breakfast, especially considering the crazy prices asked at some of the tavernas near the old port jetty! Had breakfast here twice - Superb Greek omlette, decent coffee.more
Located in the square of Tinos, next to the church. Lovely homemade food here with views out to sea We enjoyed one of their house specialities, rabbit stew. They have thier own meats and wines Gave us loads of bread as well as a sweet and a digestive of Mastic. Good ambience, service and tasty food. A lovely way to round off our day tour of Tinos...more
If you just stay at Tinos Town you can walk around easily.By Taxis and busesThere are some taxis that can take you a bit further but also numerous buses that connect Tinos Town with near by beaches (Ag.Fokas, Konia etc) or any small or big village all over the island. At the bus station (just opposite the port) you can ask for a leaflet that has...more
There is no airport at Tinos island so the ferry is the only way.There are regular and fast ferries with Pireaus or Rafina if you’re coming from Athens. From Pireaus the slow ferry takes 4 hours (31,50 euros) while the fast one takes 3 hours but costs 50 eurosFrom Rafina the slow ferry takes about 3 to 3,5 hours (21,50 euros) while the fast ones...more
We had heard that the bus service is not the best on the island so we opted to hire a car for the day. It gave us freedom and flexibility for the day which we really enjoyed.We used Vidalis Car Hire Company - can't miss them as they have 4 offices in town! We waked from the ferry port to the office in town, just around the corner from the smaller...more
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...more
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. On Tinos you should buy and light a candle that is bigger than your own height. Don't worry, there...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). you can also find local embroidery, weavings, souvenirs, and the delicious halvadopita (nougat), as well as loukoumia from...more
in addition to hundreds of chapels, one will also see a lot of crosses or little shrines by the side of the road. they serve as signs commemorating accidents or near accidents, as well as a granted wish. should one survive a car accident, or his wish is granted, s/he builds a shrine on the spot. if he doesn't, someone builds one for him. Either way...more
If you are planning on visiting the Church, or the convent, or any other Greek Orthodox places of worship, 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...more
Funny that "wind" should be a local customs tip ... Anyway, there is no shortage of wind on Tinos. When we were there, we had one day where the ferries did not circulate because of wind forces between 8-9.The - sometimes quite strong - north wind is also called "doctor of Tinos" and is said to be responsible for the healthy climate on the...more
The harbour gets pretty populated and hot during summer months an hour before thye ferry to Athens. There are nochairs or seating arrangement or any waiting area.Thus it is wise to get oneself some kind of seating arrangement/ adjustments as in picture.Hawkers vsisit the area for refreshments and they charge double to store rates.more
For those who intend to drive on their own around Tinos, be it in a car or with a bike, be warned of some habits people have here:for example: a car driving on an open road with no visible obstructions is apt to brake apruptly without any blinkers or such set. Why? because he (or she) has seen a neighbour or friend next to the road who he just "has...more
This is not a warning about toilets in general, since I found them very well maintained and clean - even the public ones at the beaches. It is just to mention (again) that -as everywhere in Greece- the toilet paper is NOT to be flushed down, but you put them in the waste bin next to the toilet. Don't worry about that it may stink - it is cleaned...more
There are many honest taxi drivers around in Greece and Tinos and the two times we needed one on this trip we had no bad experiences at all.
But of course there are black sheep everywhere and on Tinos there is at least one Taxi driver that belongs to them. Our friends told us, that they got to know him form own experience and that of their guests and when they now get him if they call a taxi, they refuse to even get in. (I will ask for his name). With him a drive that should cost around 3 Euros is suddenly 15 Euros.
Unique Suggestions: To avoid problems, you should -if the driver doen't do it automatically - request for the meter to be put on. Every "special offer" you are being made is certainly the worse deal for you (of course, why else offer it?). On the meter you should look for the number on the left.
A "1" is for a normal fare at daytime. That is what it should be.
This is not a victim of the fires they had in Greece this year :-). The truck looks like it has been standing here for quite some time. It still has the rest of the hoses in it, too!You can see a lot of car wrecks on Tinos. Cars that people have just left to rot at the side of the street. Nobody seems to care - and sometimes they make good...more
Believe it or not, there is not only the statue of "Christ the Redemeer" in Rio!On the island of Tinos, up to the Exombourgo Hill-where there used to be the old, as well as the medieval capital of the island (Santa Helena)-, there is the Catholic Panhellenic Pilgrimage dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.There is a nice statue of the Sacred...more
Favorite thing: if you are planning to do island hopping in September-October, when the Aegean Sea is quite restless, make sure to take some pills against sea sickness. My friend has recommended to buy Drimen (Dimenhydrinate 50mg) while in Greece. it worked great. just take one pill (instead of two) an hour before your board a boat to keep you well and ready to explore the next destination.