Tinos harbour gets very hot and populated
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.
- Budget Travel
- Sailing and Boating
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 to" have a word with. This is not an uncommon incident. It happened about 4 times in the 2 weeks we were on Tinos. And: these people don't look back if there is another car behind them: so you better keep some distance and be prepared to brake at all times.
Parking is another item. We were told very intensly by Maria (where we rented our car) that parking your car in the harbor area of Tinos is strictly forbidden. No parking at all at all times except on the parking space on the dock. Imagine our surprise when we arrived there and practically every space along the harbor had a car on it - no one inside, but with the emergenca lights blinking. That is the "greek way" of parking: If you just go out for your shoppings - or in a restaurant you can (as long as you are greek) park your car wherever you want - just keep the emergency lights flashing. It is not advised to do so as a tourist. We had one person not only braking apruptly but also putting on the emergency lights to park and waving us on - in front of a really, really dangerous curve. No way he could see if something was coming from the other side, but still he waved us on.
Stop signals / pedestrian walkways: are mostly ignores (see video on website).
Lines on the roads - be it one straight line, a double line or whatever. It does not seem to make a difference. Greeks overtake wherever they want (also have a look at the picture for that).
Walkways for pedestrians: what is that? I haven't seen any on Tinos, with the exception of one side of the harbor road of Tinos town. Also don't expect to have t he way of right as a pedestrian anywhere (that includes crosswalks)
- Road Trip
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 often enough.
There are enough ATMs on Tinos so you won't have problems getting some money from your cards. BUT there is one ATM that has the reputation of "eating" cards - meaning: he won't give them back. It is the one you can see in the picture, it stands on the parking space in Pyrgos.
The inhabitants of Pyrgos know that at will warn you, if you mention it.
Meltémi or being in Odyssey's shoes
While visiting the Cyclades, keep in mind that in instances the only way to get to, from and around an island is by the sea (unless you are on Santorini, Mykonos). Thus be prepared that you might be stuck on one of the islands for more than you were planning to. The Cyclades are worst affected by the meltémi (known to old Greeks as the Etesians or regular annual northern winds). They are especially strong in early spring or late autumn. We were “caught” by one of those winds in the end of September.
Well, it’s frustrating not to be in control of your trip, but it’s not the end of the world. There are a lot of things you can do while waiting: you still can swim in the sea (if you are a decent swimmer), go to explore the part of the islands you haven’t explored yet. If you start feeling pressure, read or recall Odyssey’s journey home - couple days are nothing to 10 years it took him to get to Ithaca :)
On a serious note, if you're heading back to Athens to catch a flight, leave yourself a day or two's leeway. Just in case you are at odds with Poseidon :)