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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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 Mr. and Mrs. White Tinos
Mr. and Mrs. White Tinos, Tinos Town
Seamlessly blending in the natural environment, Mr. & Mrs. White Tinos, is a Boutique Resort that combines simplicity and luxury. more...
 Golden Beach Hotel & Apartments
Golden Beach Hotel & Apartments, Tinos Town
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...
 Aeolis Tinos Suites
Aeolis Tinos Suites, Tinos Town
Featuring air conditioning, the quietly located Aeolis Tinos Suites offers spacious and fully equipped accommodation in Triantaros Village. Facilities include a swimming pool with sun terrace. more...
 Stavros Bay
Stavros Bay, Tinos Town
Stavros Bay is located in Tinos Town, right next to Stavros Beach and overlooking the sea. The city center is 500 metres away. more...
 Agali Bay Hotel
Agali Bay Hotel, Tinos Town
Just 10 metres from the sea, with an endless view of Agios Fokas beach, Agali Bay Hotel is located at the most idyllic spot of Chora in Tinos , only 10 minutes walking distance from the port. more...
 Parathyro Sto Aigaio 1
Parathyro Sto Aigaio 1, Tinos Town
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...
 Manto Apartments
Manto Apartments, Tinos Town
Housed in a restored old mansion, Manto Apartments is centrally located in Tinos Town, 50 metres from the port. It offers self-catered accommodation with free Wi-Fi. more...
 Vriokastro
Vriokastro, Tinos Town
Just a 3-minute walk from Agios Fokas Beach, Vriokastro is a typical Cycladic accommodation in Tinos. It is surrounded by a garden with BBQ. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. more...
 K Homes-Eva's Family Stone House
K Homes-Eva's Family Stone House, Tinos Town
Offering a barbecue and sun terrace, K-Homes, Eva's Superior family stone and wooden built studio is set 1,5 km away from Tinos Town, 2.4 km from Megalochari Church. more...
 Tinos Koralli
Tinos Koralli, Tinos Town
Just 10 metres from Agios Fokas Beach, the Cycladic-style Tinos Koralli offers self-catered accommodation with Aegean Sea view from their furnished balcony. more...
 Orionides
Orionides, Tinos Town
Located within 0.7 miles of Archaeological Museum of Tinos and 0.7 miles of Megalochari Church in Tinos Town, Orionides has accommodations with a flat-screen TV. Free WiFi is available. more...
 Anastasia Studios
Anastasia Studios, Tinos Town
Located 500 metres from the nearest beach in Tinos Town, Anastasia Studios offers self-catered accommodation with balcony or patio overlooking the garden. more...
 Emily's Deluxe Apartment
Emily's Deluxe Apartment, Tinos Town
Offering a sun terrace and views of the sea, Emily's Deluxe Apartment is located in Tinos Town in the Tinos Region. Megalochari Church is 300 metres away. Free WiFi is provided . more...
 Athos Studios
Athos Studios, Tinos Town
Located in Tinos town, Athos Studios is only 50 metres from Kalamia Beach and features a bar. more...
 Voreades
Voreades, Tinos Town
Centrally situated in a quiet street of Tinos Town, Voreades guest house offers free WiFi access throughout and elegant rooms with a balcony or patio overlooking the Aegean Sea or the Cycladic-style more...




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