During my recent trip to Tinos I had the chance to get to know an unacquainted side of this island.
You can discover it if you continue your journey beyond the port and after your adoration to the Blessed Mary.
I visited most of its gorgeous villages and I met its smiling and hospitable people.
TRAVELLING TO TINOS
Fast Ferries ships sail daily from Rafina’s port. Thanks to their crew, all travellers enjoy a comfortable journey up to their destination.
We were privileged because we were guests of the company and we enjoyed the unique comforts that business class offers.
Fast Ferries can travel you to Andros, Tinos, and Mykonos. If you get on their site you can find many offers, sales or to get the Fast Friends Card. It is for those who visit often these islands.
Chora has its own beauties and you’ll discover them if you wander through its roads and alleys.
Of course the first thing you’ll do is to follow all the way to the Blessed Mary church and to genuflect.
Under the church of Megalochari you’ll find something very interesting. It’s the church of Zoothochos Pigi. Here is the spot where the miraculous icon was found and the Holy Water springs up.
Right next the mausoleum of the destroyer Elli is located. Here are exposed items of the ship.
You must not miss to visit the Museums, the Collections and the Art Gallery of the Holy Mother of Tinos. Here are hosted important exhibits, icons and paintings of great Greeks’ and foreigners’ painters.
Near Chora, Saint Fokas beach is located. There, in Marathias restaurant you’ll enjoy unique tastes. I have already written about it.
THE ASSUMPTION OF VIRGIN MARY -KECHROVOUNI
A few km north of Chora the Monastery of the Assumption of Virgin Mary is situated. It is also known as the Monastery of St. Pelagia.
The architecture style with the arches, the stone balconies and the stairs remind us an insular village.
The nuns take care of the place. The Catholic with the woodcut icon screen covered of gold leafs as well as the cell where St. Pelagia lived are particular interesting.
DISCOVERING TINO’S ISLANDS
The Two villages is built on a slope. The panoramic view to the Aegean Sea is delightful.
You can leave your car on the main road. Then you can continue all the way up to the Central Square and the springs that you’ll find there.
I guess during summertime this square will be full of life. We found ourselves there in the end of the summer when everything was already in an autumn mood.
It’s one of the most beautiful villages in Tinos Island.
It is built on a plateau and at an altitude of 300 meters. It’s surrounded by huge granite stones. According to mythology these are what is left from the battle between Giants and Titans.
Walking through the alleys you’ll be enchanted by the houses’ architecture. Here, you can buy products and beautiful baskets made by the locals.
Yet, the folklore museum and the small open-air theatre are particular interesting.
Tripotamos was the first village we visited. We stayed at the Crossroads. It is a traditional guesthouse in the village.
We parked the car at the village entrance and we crossed through small arcades and narrow wooden cobbled roads up to our room. I felt like I was part of a fairy tale.
This is one of the most beautiful and green lush villages of Tinos. Marbled fountains, churches with imposed icon screens and the well known and enchanting Tinos architecture.
Wander yourself through Kardiani’s cobbled roads and you’ll find yourself in front of Mrs. Dimitras traditional coffee shop.
Sit down at one of its tables and enjoy a Greek coffee and desert spoon.
It is amphitheatrically built on the slope of Meroviglia Mountain on the outskirts of Tinos. From there you can enjoy a magnificent view up to Siros Island.
Ysternia is the native town of the best technicians and marble carvers of the island.
When someone talks about Tinos villages the first that comes into his mind is Pyrgos.
Pyrgos or Panormos is the native town of Yiannoulis Chalepas, Nikiforos Litras and Dimitris Filippotis. It’s the biggest of the Tinos villages and one of the most beautiful in Cyclades.
At the village entrance is the home that Chalepas was raised and the museum of the Tinian artists.
Keep walking and you’ll be led to the central square.
You can rest under the shade of the big plane tree. Do not forget to order galactoboureco.
Pyrgos is famous for its galactoboureco.
But there is something else that you shouldn’t miss to do.
May be it is a little bizarre or spooky but I suggest to walk to the end of the village and to visit the cemetery. There, you’ll see unique marble masterpieces made by Tinian marble craftsmen.
MUSEUM OF MARBLE ART
The museum is near to Pyrgos. And it is created by Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation.
It is enriched by audiovisual material and animates the quarries’ and marble carvers’ traditional working methods.
It runs daily (except Tuesdays) 10 a.m-18.00 p.m and the entrance fee is 3 Euros.
But Tinos is not just these.
It’s much more and you should visit it many times to be able to say that you have seen the most important sides of this gorgeous Cycladic Island.
Here is a small video about the beautiful island of Tinos.
Have you ever been in Tinos?
Which village did you like more?