The majestic Tinos island
Tinos island: Things to see & do
Tinos island: Things to see & do
As I mentioned on my previous post, Tinos island has plenty to offer and it is very close to Athens. You board on to Hellenic High Speed from Rafina port and in 2 hours you arrive at destination.
Tinos, is not just about religious tourism (Church of Evangelistria of Tinos is the declared national patron saint of Greece). It has beautiful beaches, museums, art, great food, amazingly picturesque villages! Tinos is a very artsy and traditional island. The people are welcoming, always eager to start a conversation and make you feel homey and friendly.
Unfortunately we only had 4 days to explore and we tried to experience as much as possible! The only thing I cannot point out about, are the beaches because we only visited one. Yes the weather was a bit weird. But, I’ve heard and then googled to see that the beaches are magnificent! So, keep these notes that our friend Sofia from Crossroads Inn has shared and then we experienced form first hand and have tremendous fun! Smiley face!
1. Stay at Crossroad’s Inn in TRIPOTAMOS village, a ‘hub’ village from which all other villages are easy to approach to all sides of the island. The inner side (Kalloni beach), the outer side (Panormos port) and the lower side (towards Mykonos island).
2. Visit KTIKADOS village and eat at AGNANTI taverna. Try the zucchini balls and the meat balls!
3. Visit VOLAX village! Not saying anything about it. Keeping it a surprise like it was for me! You can buy beautiful handmade baskets here from Mr. Antonis.
4. On the way to Volax you can stop to LOUTRA village and visit the Oursoulines monastery, built in 1535. It will feel like taking a walk to the past feeling overwhelmed by what women studied in this historical school.
5. If you wanna try local salads and meat, go to Sta Fys’ Aera in AETOFOLIA village. The day we visited, we tried a magnificent salad from 4 different local caper species and a dish called Paximadiasto (Παξιμαδιαστο) with sliced zucchini and other veggies, feta cheese all sautéed all placed inside a big cracker ball. I’m telling you, very yummy!
6. Not even imagine not visiting Ysternia village! It’s breathtaking! Built on the cliff, marbled, wooden, beautiful colored houses overlooking the deep blue sea! Loved it!
Have a lunch break at Exo Meria cafe and try the pizza! You will always remember me after this one. Smiley face. At Ysternia Bay, 10 minutes by car from the village, you will find the very well known, Thalassaki taverna that we unfortunately didn’t try. They say it’s good!
7. PYRGOS village! Oh boy! What can one say about this one? I could live here and just walk around the alleys every single day! The alleys lead to a beautiful square with a plane tree in the middle! All around there are cafes and we suggest you to sit at the MELI GALA and try the local original galaktompoureko! ok? In Pyrgos village you will find the Tinos Museum of Marble and the Αrt School of Tinos! I told you it is a very artsy place!
8. Have a ride up to PANORMOS bay. It is said that Kavalourko beach is amazing!
9. To KARDIANI village you will eat the local dish called Furtalia (an omelete with patatoes & sausage) at Mrs. Dimitra’s little cafe.
10. Lastly, although I think I only suggested one third of all the things you can do, visit the The Church of Virgin Mary’s Annunciation (Ιερός Ναός της Ευαγγελιστρίας της Τήνου). It’s worth it. On your way back before entering the boat in Chora. Just a stop. Smiley face!
Tinos island, Greece June 2016
Photos by Loula Levedi & Xeni Kouveli
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