tinos island

Tinos, one of the most tranquil and unspoilt of the Cycladic islands, usually placed in a religious context, hides a superb off the beaten path destination with numerous unspoiled whitewashed villages, beautiful crystal-clear beaches, interesting archaeological sites and a windy countryside featuring a plethora of picturesque traditional villages with unique architecture and fine local cuisine.

Dovecotes

At Tinos, you will find some of the most pristine beaches in the Cyclades, and very picturesque villages that are still active, Tinos Town (Chora) being the largest and the main port of the island . The island has wonderful natural areas, fields of wild flowers, lush groves, and rugged hillsides, perfect places for summer walks.

 

Beaches

Tinos is a wonderful island in the Cyclades cluster, considered one of the up-and-coming vacation spots in Greece. What is most surprising about Tinos Greece, is that it has all that it taks of a Greek Island cycladic holiday spot, without the hustle and bustle of the major tourist resorts.

 

Villages

Features of Architectural treasures and marble awes that can be seen throughout the capital, Tinos (local name: Chora), as well as in the villages, such as the mountainous Arnados, Dyo Choria, Agapi, Kambos, Isternia, Pyrgos, Koumaros, Xynara, Triandaros, Kardiani, the seaside villages of Kionia, Koumelas, Panormos, the amazing natural beauty of Volax, Komi, Loutra and Livada villages, and the holiday resort villages of Agios Romanos, Agios Sostis, Agios Ioannis Porto and Kolymbithra.

Church of Virgin Mary, a pilgrim place

Tinos attracts many pilgrims who come here to visit the church of Panaghia Megalochari.. Enshrined in the church is an icon of Virgin Mary which is considered to have healing powers. The icon is said to have been found in 1822 on the land where the church now stands. Tinos is particularly famous for its Church of Virgin Mary (Panagia Evangelistria), where the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary is displayed. Thousands of people from Greece and abroad come to Tinos Island to pray to the Virgin Mary to cure them of ailments or to ask for aid in a difficult situation. When visiting the island, you may see many pilgrims crawling on their hands and knees from Tinos Port to the church as a sign of devotion. Bell towers’ beauty varies in design, due to the fact that two dogmas harmonically co exist on the island, orthodox and catholic.

Art and History

Although widely known as a religious center, Tinos is an island of great natural beauty and has more than 40 unspoilt villages waiting to be explored. The rugged hillsides are peppered with ornate dovecotes, legacy of the Venetian influence. The coastline features many beautiful beaches and seclude coves. Exobourgo is a rocky pinnacle crowned by a Venetian fortress. The town of Tinos features a number of Venetian mansions and a cluster of Catholic churches. Tinos also has a long tradition and history in arts and is homeland to famous Greek sculptors and painters. Tinos gave birth to a disproportionately large, relatively to its size, number of major artists who founded modern Greek art. The world-renown authors (Chalepas, Filippotis, Vitalis, Sohos, Gyzis, Lytras) with the masterpieces of sculpture and painting and unmarked marbles, builders, painters, woodcarvers, whose samples of high folk art are visible throughout the island contributed to Art becoming the main characteristic of Tinos.