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Tinos Island

Tinos island lies very close to the southern tip of Andros. This is the holy island of Our Lady, which in August is swamped by pilgrims who have come to pray in Her church or in fulfilment of a vow. As Our Lady's feast day on 15 August approaches, the church and the town of Tinos become crammed with people, and religious services take place next to the commercial fair being held in the surrounding streets. A line of mountains , whose highest peak is Mt Tsiknias (in the myths, the home of the wind-god Aeolus), runs the length of the island. On its lower slopes, walls like the fortifications of old castles divide the terraced fields.

The coast of the island is mostly steep, but there are also numerous coves with sandy or pebbly beaches. Among the special characteristics of Tinos are its dove-cotes. These structures developed from simple roosts for pigeons into works of art – and the stone-built fountains to be seen in the villages evolved in a similar manner. Tinos, capital of the island and its port, is where most of the population lives. A broad paved street leads from the harbour to the low hill on which stands the magnificent church of Our Lady.

Built in marble from Paros and Tinos itself, the church stands overlooking the town on the site where a miraculous icon of Our Lady was discovered. Next to the church, the Gallery of Tiniot Artists and Modern Greek Painters , which has a very interesting collection. Close by is the Archaeological Museum of Tinos. It houses finds from the temple of Poseidon and Amphitrite (at Kionia beach) and from the Geometric burials of Ekso Meria. At Ksombourgo, we can admire the ruins of the medieval castle, on the south side of which is a sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone

The interior of the island has been little affected by tourism, and the 45 villages have retained much of their traditional character and distinctive vernacular architecture. Among the most interesting villages are the large settlements of Falatado , Stem and Pirgos , the latter of which has a museum dedicated to the sculptor Halepas, the house of the artist Lytras and numerous marble-sculptors' workshops. Among the monasteries of the island, many of them built on superb sites, we could single out that of Our Lady of the Angels at Kehrovouni (Panagia ton Angelon), which has the appearance of a Tinos village in medieval times. Around the island there are plenty of good beaches, too, notably at Agios Fokas near the town, Kionia, Porto, Panormos bay, Kolimbithra, Agios Sostis and Pahia Ammos. The lunar landscape at the spot known as “ Volax ”, with its peculiar boulders, is probably unique anywhere in the world. The beauties of Tinos are gradually making a name for themselves. Although amenities for tourists outside the town are scanty, they are constantly expanding.


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Poseidonio is situated a few steps away from the busy Evagelistria Street and a 10-minute walk from the nearest beach in Tinos. It offers rooms with views of the Aegean Sea or the scenic Old Town. more...
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Set in Tínos, Parathyro sto Aigaio 2 - Small Suites offers a garden and sun terrace. Megalochari Church is 1.1 km from the property. Free WiFi is featured and free private parking is available on more...
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Featuring air conditioning, Aeolis Tinos Suites offers accommodations in Tinos Town. Megalochari Church is 2.1 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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Located 500 metres from the nearest beach in Tinos Town, Anastasia Studios offers self-catered accommodation with balcony or patio overlooking the garden. more...
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Surrounded by lush gardens, Parathyro Sto Aigaio 1 is located in Tinos Town, within 100 metres from Kalamia Beach and 500 metres from the centre. more...
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Golden Beach Hotel is set before a private sandy beach in Agios Fokas. Accommodation resembles a Cycladic village surrounded by 15,000-m² of lush gardens. Tinos? capital is just 2 km away. more...
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Located in the town of Tinos, Athos Studios is only 50 metres from Kalamia Beach and features a bar. more...
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Situated in the religious district of Tinos, this charming property offers a wide variety of well-appointed rooms and apartments complete with a picturesque courtyard and spa facilities. more...
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Just 30 metres from the sandy, blue-flagged Agios Fokas Beach, K - Homes offers accommodation 1.5 km from Tinos Town. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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The whitewashed Onar Studios is located 100 metres from Tinos Port and 150 metres from the nearest beach. more...
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Just over a quarter mile of the nearest beach, Boussetil Rooms offers air-conditioned accommodations with free Wi-Fi access. more...
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Within 50 metres from the beach in Tinos Town, the 4-star Tinos Resort offers accommodation with designer furniture, well-equipped kitchenette and plasma TV. more...
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Within a 5-minute walk from the sandy Agios Fokas Beach, the Cycladic-style Aigaio Studios offer traditional accommodation. more...
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Villa Rosa-Maria is a detached vacation home with a sun terrace, located in Tinos Town. The property is 547 yards from Megalochari Church and free private parking is featured. more...
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Featuring free WiFi, Orionides offers accommodations in Tinos Town. Megalochari Church is 0.7 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. more...

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