With picturesque traditional villages, rich cultural background and a sacred aura, Tinos is a special island in the Cyclades, loved by artists and sophisticated travelers. The church of Panagia Megalochari (the Blessed Virgin Mary), one of the most sacred places in orthodox Greece and the Catholic society has given the island a sense of metaphysical spirit. Here, both Orthodox and Catholic Easter are celebrated with special rituals.
Tinos is the perfect destination for admirers of traditional architecture and nature. More than 50 traditional villages, each with a distinct character, are waiting for you to discover them. Enjoy great hikes or go horseback riding in scenic trails, and choose among a variety of sun-drenched beaches.
Don’t miss the chance to visit the village of Pirgos, with a rich tradition in marble crafting and interesting museums, and the stone mountain of Xobourgo composed of blocks of granite rock and featuring the remains of the Venetian castle at its foot; Volax is an impressive geological monument surrounded by enormous granite rocks. Lovers of old monasteries should pay a visit to Monastery of Kehrovounion, the Monastery of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as well as the Oursoulines and Jesuit Monasteries.
The old stone pigeon houses in villages like Tarambados are a traditional architectural landmark of the mainland, while Kardiani, Isternia, Kampos (with Kostas Tsoklis museum) and Komi are also villages worth visiting.
Tinos has beaches for every style, but before choosing you should take into consideration the strong winds. Agios Fokas, Afios Sostis, Agia Kyriaki, Agios Ioannis Porto, the protected Kionia beach, and Agios Romanos are best suited to families. Santa Margarita has crystal-clear turquoise waters, while Pahia Ammos is a beautiful golden sandy beach.
Tinos is famous for its delicious agricultural and dairy products. Try the small artichokes in olive oil, capers, sun-dried tomatoes, local cheeses, charcuterie (sausage and louza) and traditional sweets with almonds, walnuts and honey. Fresh seafood and a range of local meat dishes are served in cozy taverns around the villages, where you can enjoy your meal with wonderful views.
Closest port in Athens: Rafina with regular daily services by conventional ferry or speedboat, or the port of Piraeus.
Closest port - Tinos port: 12 min drive from the port-city (8km distance)
Closest village/town: Chora, 12 minutes’ drive
Closest beach: 7 km drive
Closest airport: Mykonos
frequent short sea connection between the two islands
Tinos is connected via regular transportation network with most of Cyclades islands.
Beaches: a lot, suitable for all tastes, sandy, pebbles, organized or more free spirited.