Tinos 2018 with Crossroads Inn
#StyleloveTravels to Tinos with Crossroads Inn
As you may have noticed from my social media galore, I visited Tinos once again and fell in love once again with this magnificent island. Only this time, my love was deeper, and it made it harder for me to leave the island and especially my host, Crossroads Inn Countryside Hotel.
You see, the first time I visited Tinos a few years back, it was all about getting to know the island but this time, it was as if I belonged there, I had a familiar feeling and it felt like I returned back home to my Tinos family. This is very hard to find, the feeling of hospitality and need to support this majestic island, as if you were born there. And it is quite simple actually, the explanation: it’s the people that make a place. And ‘Tinians’ make you feel part of their place. They welcome you, always eager to discuss, learn about you, treat you and help you around. No reward needed, no explanations, no nothing. It is just the way they are. Smiley face.
And so the journey begun with my always favourite, starting point, Crossroads Inn Hotel, where Sofia welcomed us, this time even more organised! She has now printed special Crossroads Inn maps that explain everything about your Tinos exploration, depending on your needs and days you have to spend. What to see, where to eat, what to drink, I mean everything! Seriously don’t ignore this! Do exactly what she suggest and at the end of your vacay you will feel just like I feel right now, like a local. Also, pay attention to her vocal information! Very very important!
So, this post is simple and clear: The place to stay is Crossroads Inn in Tripotamos village, a focal point and extremely graphic and beautiful. Try the traditional breakfast and taste the local products like: Omelete with fresh eggs and local zucchini, milk and fresh orange juice, granola, ‘Louza’ (local pork delicacy), cucumber, tomatoes, olives and capers, delicious jam, honey, bread and the most tasteful coffee of 5 different blends! All homemade, all delicious!
Follow the ‘Sofia plan’ and make sure to visit: Isternia village, Volax village, Pyrgos village, Panormos village (try the Stingray fish at ‘Maestro’ tavern), the Museum of Marble Crafts, The Yannoulis Chalepas museum (a Greek sculptor and significant figure of Modern Greek art), have a cocktail or surf lessons at ‘Kolybithra beach’, enjoy a greek coffee under the Sycamore tree at the ‘Dyo Choria’ village.
Eat at Sta Fys’ Aera tavern in Aetofolia village, the Agnanti tavern in Ktikados village, brunch at Exo Meria in Isternia and invest in one or two amazing dinners: Try the ‘Thalassaki‘ restaurant at Isternia bay. I mean, you might find it a bit expensive but it is sure worth it. The taste and the ingredient combinations are different and extremely tasteful.
Last but not least, this year I visited a village that I didn’t visit on my previous trip to Tinos, I adored the place and I highly recommend it! Kardiani village. Beautiful view with an imposing church, feels like you are in a village elsewhere, like Italy or something.
And, I’m gonna end this one, with a beautiful image that has stuck in my mind: When walking at Aetofolia village where the locals were praying to a Santa Maria statue in the village square, along with the priest. This image was so pure, all looking united and peaceful, a very beautiful ‘view’ of Greece that I truly miss in the chaotic vibe of the city life. It makes me wonder, could I give up everything and move? Live on a Greek island? Be one of the locals, invest in a small business and slow down a beat, breath in and just be…
Photography Victor Kalauzi, Xeni Kouveli & Editing Xeni Kouveli
Special thanks to Sofia, the heart and soul of Crossroads Inn, for your incredible hospitality! You are one of a kind, truly, and I can’t wait to be back!