UP-AND-COMING, YET UNSPOILT
Size: 194,5 Km2
Accessibility: By ferry from Piraeus or Rafina port
Chora, the pleasantly animated main town, has a cluster of Catholic and Orthodox churches, fine delicatessens for local products, shops and dining options.The Venetian fortress of Exomvourgo crowns the rocky hills, a guiding pinnacle through the isle, reachable via footpath from the 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 and sip cocktails in hip local institutions. It is hard to choose the villages that stand out, but when time is of the essence, three are not to be missed: Pyrgos, birthplace of Greek sculptor Yannoulis Halepas, Kardiani, a wonder hanging from the mountain and Volax, which is surrounded by smooth round rocks that radiate an otherwordly atmosphere.