With some of the most beautiful traditional villages in the Cyclades, rich cultural background and a sacred aura, Tinos is a special island, loved by artists and sophisticated travelers. The church of Panagia Megalochari (the Blessed Virgin Mary), one of the most sacred places in the orthodox Greece, and the important Catholic society gives the island a metaphysical spirit. Both Orthodox and Catholic Easter are celebrated with special rituals.
Tinos is the perfect destination for lovers of traditional architecture and nature. You can visit more than 50 traditional villages, each with distinct character, and enjoy great hikes or horse riding in scenic trails, and choose among many beaches.
Don’t miss the village of Pirgos, with a rich tradition in marble crafting and interesting museums, and Xobourgo, with an imposing granite rock and the remains of the Venetian castle. Volax is an impressive strange geological monument. Lovers if old monasteries should visit Moni Kehrovouniou, the Monastery of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as well as the Oursoulines and Jesuit Monasteries.
The old stone pigeon houses in villages like Tarambados are a traditional architectural landmark of the mainland, while Kardiani, Isternia, Kampos (with Kostas Tsoklis museum) and Komi are some of the villages worth visiting.
Tinos has beaches for every style, but before choosing check the winds. Families prefer Agios Fokas, Afios Sostis, Agia Kyriaki, Agios Ioannis Porto, the protected Kionia beach, and Agios Romanos. For beach bars check Kolimbithra, Apothikes, and Agios Ioannis Porto. Santa Margarita has crystal clear green water, while Pahia Ammos is another beautiful sandy beach.
Tinos is famous for its delicious agricultural and dairy products. Try the small artichokes in olive oil, capers, sun-dried tomatoes, local cheeses, charcuterie (sausage and louza) and traditional sweets with almonds, walnuts and honey.