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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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 Boussetil Rooms
Boussetil Rooms, Tinos
Within 1640 feet from the nearest beach, Boussetil Rooms offers air-conditioned accommodations with free Wi-Fi access. Tinos Port is 2297 feet away. more...
 Agali Bay Hotel
Agali Bay Hotel, Tinos
Just 33 feet from the sea, with an endless view of Agios Fokas beach, Agali Bay Hotel is located at the most beautiful spot of Chora in Tinos , only 10 minutes walking distance from the port. more...
 Marble Villas
Marble Villas, Tinos
Surrounded by olive, cypress and fruit trees, Marble Villas is a complex of elegantly decorated, self-catering units located in Agios Fokas of Tinos. more...
 Golden Beach Hotel & Apartments
Golden Beach Hotel & Apartments, Tinos
Golden Beach Hotel is set before a private sandy beach in Agios Fokas. Accommodations resembles a Cycladic village surrounded by 15,000-m² of lush gardens. Tinos’ capital is just 1.2 mi away. more...
 Aeolis Tinos Suites
Aeolis Tinos Suites, Tinos
Featuring air conditioning, the quietly located Aeolis Tinos Suites offers spacious and fully equipped accommodations in Triantaros Village. Facilities include a swimming pool with sun terrace. more...
 Anastasia Studios
Anastasia Studios, Tinos
Located 1640 feet from the nearest beach in Tinos Town, Anastasia Studios offers self-catered accommodations with balcony or patio overlooking the garden. more...
 Orionides
Orionides, Tinos
Located within 1.3 miles of Megalochari Church and 1.3 miles of Archaeological Museum of Tinos in Tinos, Orionides has accommodations with a flat-screen TV. Free WiFi is offered. more...
 Parathyro Sto Aigaio 1
Parathyro Sto Aigaio 1, Tinos
Surrounded by lush gardens, Parathyro Sto Aigaio 1 is located in Tinos Town, within 328 feet from Kalamia Beach and 1640 feet from the center. more...
 Stavros Bay
Stavros Bay, Tinos
Stavros Bay is located in Tinos Town, right next to Stavros Beach and overlooking the sea. The city center is 1640 feet away. more...
 Onar Hotel and Suites
Onar Hotel and Suites, Tinos
The whitewashed Onar Studios is located 328 feet from Tinos Port and 492 feet from the nearest beach. more...
 Villa Rosa-Maria
Villa Rosa-Maria, Tinos
Located less than 0.6 mi from Megalochari Church in Tinos Town, Villa Rosa-Maria offers accommodations with a kitchen. Tinos Port is 2297 feet from the holiday home, and free WiFi is provided. more...
 Nautilos
Nautilos, Tinos
Centrally located in Tinos Town 328 feet from the port, Nautilus is set in a neoclassical building and features self-catered accommodations with free Wi-Fi and balcony overlooking the town. more...
 Aegean Dream Apartments
Aegean Dream Apartments, Tinos
Built in the traditional blue-white Cycladic style, the family-run Aegean Dream Apartments features self-catered apartments with a balcony facing the Aegean Sea, just 262 feet from Stavros Beach in more...
 Noe Rooms
Noe Rooms, Tinos
The Cycladic-style Noe Rooms is centrally located in Tinos Town, within 1312 feet from the new port and 656 feet from the Church of Virgin Mary. more...
 Tiniotissa Studios
Tiniotissa Studios, Tinos
The traditionally-built Tiniotissa Studios is centrally located in Tinos Town, within 2625 feet from the port. It features a fragrant garden and offers air-conditioned units with a balcony or patio. more...




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