CYCLADES CONFIDENTIAL

Tinos is one of the most pristine of the Cycladic islands today. Aside from its reputation as a religious destination, it promises forty preserved villages to explore, rugged hills punctuated by ornate dovecotes - a legacy of the Venetian influence – and a wide variety of beautiful beaches, as well as amazing gastronomy.

UP-AND-COMING, YET UNSPOILT

Location: Cyclades
Capital: Tinos
Size: 194,5 Km2
Accessibility: By ferry from Piraeus or Rafina port

Chora, the pleasantly animated main town, has a cluster of both Catholic and Orthodox churches, small fine delicatessens for local and Cycladic products, nice shops and fine dining options tucked away in the labyrinthine side streets across the harbour. The Venetian fortress of Exomvourgo crowns the rocky hills, a guiding pinnacle throughout the isle, and reachable via footpath from several of the small villages below. Though mostly famous for the church of Panagia Evangelistria, Tinos is now very popular among adventurous youth, who flock to the island to surf its waves and sip cocktails in hip local institutions. It is hard to choose the villages that stand out, since all of them are worth a visit, but when time is of the essence, the next three are not to be missed: Pyrgos, birthplace and home of renowned Greek sculptor Yannoulis Halepas, Kardiani – a wonder that looks like it’s hanging from the surrounding mountain - and Volax, which is surrounded by big smooth round rocks that radiate an otherwordly atmosphere.

ESSENTIALS

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WE LOVE

A fresh Tiniaki salad with grilled sardines at a tavern near Agios Fokas beach. A galaktobouriko (custard pie) under the sycamore tree on the main square of Pyrgos. Tsoklis museum, an impressive minimalist space erected in a former elementary school in the village of Kambos.

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LOCAL TIPS

Don’t miss having a sunset cocktail at one of the cafés of Isternia. Fill your fridge and pantry with local watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes, kritamos, artichokes and capers from the daily farmer’s market in Chora. Watch the sunset from an abandoned marble quarry. A four-wheel drive is needed! Beware of the strong Cycladic winds called Meltemi in August and go surfing at Kolimbithra beach.

Events calendar

TINOS JAZZ FESTIVAL

An event for jazz aficionados that takes place every August and fills Tinos with wonderful sounds

World music festival

The annual meeting point for significant musicians from the Balkans and the East Mediterranean

TINOS FESTIVAL

From July to September, Tinos is transformed into a stage for all sorts of cultural activities

HONEY FEAST/RAKI FEAST

Both feasts take place in September and respectively feature local honey delicacies and raki tasting along with live music and dancing