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We believe Tinos to be one of the best kept secrets in the Cyclades. Whilst Mykonos, Naxos, Paros & Santorini grab the major share of foreign tourists, Tinos is by far the most popular destination for Greek tourists who come to visit Tinos Town, location of the famous Neoclassical Church of the Panagia and the miraculous Icon of the Virgin Mary located therein. From the expansive main waterfront of Tinos town, lined on the one side by a myriad of cafes, tavernas and shops and on the other by yachts and excursion boats, two streets lead up to the church, in turn lined with shops and stalls selling all manner of souvenirs and devotional articles. But there is more to Tinos Town than the church. A sandy, town beach is about 500 metres away, and one can browse the local farmers’ market in Pallada or seek out a trinket or two at Tinos flea market. Tinos Town is noted for its cuisine, so “foodies” will be in their element with many tavernas and restaurants offering quite outstanding fare.
We elect to accommodate most of our island hopping clients in Tinos Town as this allows them to maximise the limited time they have on the island. However, those committed to a longer stay will probably prefer to holiday in our accommodation located in the Porto area, a 15 minutes’ bus ride or a 10 minutes’ drive south east of Tinos Town. Porto’s coastline boasts three consecutive stretches of sandy beach commencing with Agios Sostis, then Skilandari and finally Porto beach itself. All offer the proverbial crystal clear waters, safe swimming and views across to Mykonos. Excellent accommodation, a mini-market and a handful of tavernas are the extent of development here although we did notice some beach loungers and umbrellas on our last visit! Coastal walks in this region are superb with the pristine sand of Pachia Ammos about 55 minutes walk to the north east.
Many of our clients choose to hire a car during all or part of their stay. This enables them to explore at least half a dozen other beaches dotted around Tinos’ coastline as well as the villages of the interior. The latter are worth a special mention as they rank among some of the most attractive villages in the Cyclades. In particular, the beautiful village of Pyrgos with its shaded main square is top of most visitors list. Located right in the middle of Tinos’ marble-quarrying district, the village is home to local artisans renowned throughout Greece for their skill in sculpting marble. One can visit the numerous marble workshops and sculpture studios in the village as well as the magnificent new “Museum of Marble Crafts”. Another area of interest is the villages around Exobourgo “mountain”. Possibilities here include a visit to the fortified architecture, narrow alleyways and 3 springs of Dio Choria, experiencing views across the island to Mykonos, Naxos and on a clear day Santorini from Exobourgo village itself and not forgetting visits to the Jesuit Folklore museum and Ursuline Convent in Loutra. Armed with a map and good walking shoes, it is possible to visit the Tiniot villages of Exobourgo by using many of the old trails that still exist. One last characteristic that Tinos is noted for are the distinctive and ornate dovecots that dot the landscape.
Twin centre and Island Hopping:
Tinos can be combined with Athens, Mykonos, Paros and Syros.
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