Tinos is the third largest island in the Cyclades with an area of 197 km2, after Naxos and Andros, and is located southeast of Andros and northwest of Mykonos. The transfer from Athens to Tinos is easy, as the ferries depart throughout the year from all 3 ports of Athens. One option is from Lavrio and the route takes about 4 hours and 45 ', the other is from Piraeus, where the trip lasts from 3 hours and 15' to 4 hours and 30 ', and the last alternative from the port of Rafina lasting 1 hour and 55 'to 3 hours and 50'.
The permanent inhabitants of the island are 8,636, scattered in the beautiful villages of Tinos, which are intertwined with the wild beauty of the surrounding area, while proudly showcasing the authentic Tinian architecture, which did not give in to any Western or Turkish elements. It is definitely worth visiting "Pyrgos", the village of artists since the sculptor Giannoulis Halepas and the painter Nikiforos Lytras origin from here, as you must go to the Museum of Marble and the house of Giannoulis Halepas. "Dyo Choria" and "Triantaros", are two villages side by side and are famous for their small picturesque squares and their magnificent view that sees all the Cyclades. "Volax" with its lunar landscape, becomes an ideal destination for morning or afternoon walk, since in addition to the peculiarity of the rocks that surround it, you will find poems or songs written on the doors and walls of abandoned buildings. "Ysternia" is another village of Tinos that will impress you with its Aegean architecture, narrow alleys and enjoyable views of the vast Aegean. Definitely one of the 52 villages of Tinos will impress you more and will win your heart!
Of course, in "Chora" dominates the "Panagia of Tinos", which is one of the most important places of worship of Orthodoxy worldwide and attracts believers from all parts of the Earth.
The mosaic of the special Cycladic island of Tinos, is completed with its equally impressive 25 beaches, cosmopolitan, desert, organized or familiar ones, to enjoy the coolest dives. The "Meadow" with the wild beauty, the secluded, sandy "Santa Margarita", the "Thick Sand" with the golden sand dunes reminiscent of something of a desert and carved rocks, the "Warehouses" and the pebbled "Vathi". Surely, you will dive in the famous "Kolimbithra" with the emerald waters and the "Agios Romanos" that overlooks Syros. Of course you will have heard of "Agios Fokas", the largest beach on the island which combinate pebbles and sand.
The Tinian gastronomy and the local products of Tinos, in combination with the local wine, definitely win the most demanding visitor of the island. The gastronomy here uses and mixes the types of local production in agricultural and livestock products. Those who love wine, have the opportunity to get to know the producers of Tinos, to visit wineries, vineyards and wine tours, to enjoy wine tastings and pairings with local products.
Tinos will enchant you and you will always want to return, thanks to its multi-layered culture and its multifaceted character!