Tinos, or else Aeolus Island, is an island of Cyclades and is located between Andros and Mykonos. The island apart from its religious reputetion combines beautiful beaches and wild beauty that will surely fascinate you.
Tinos consists of a popular destination for many who want to visit the monasteries and churches that surround the whole island and are fascinate their visitors with the peaceful mood of the island and their architectural and historical character. Dominant choice is the church of Panagia Evangelistria, built in 1823 on the hill of Chora (Tinos town).
Tinos has many villages that some extend to slopes and others to the most flatest areas of the island. Some of the best known are the following:
Pyrgos is the largest village in Tinos after Chora. It is not just a worth visiting village but it could be described as an open-air folk art museum characterized by the patterns of traditional Cycladic architecture combined with the marble element pre dominating by a variety of decorative motifs in the alleys, the decoration of the houses up to the water fountains are surrounding the area.
One more beautiful village of Tinos that should not be missed is Kardiani. Only 16 km from Chora located on the slope of Mount Pateles with a wonderful view of the sea. The Kardiani is a astonishing combination of picturesque houses, arches, alleys, paved streets and the tall plane trees.
There are many other destinations worth exploring, such as Ktikado, Ysternia, Falatados, Loutra and Tripotamos. The marble element and the spirit of Cyclades is prevailing. One can enjoy local dishes and drinks while having a stop at the traditional cafes which are situated under the shade of the trees.
Tinos except of the beautiful villages can also offer a variety of remarkable beaches. The most widespread ones are to be mentioned below:
Apigania beach is considered by many to be the most beautiful beach on the island. It is located after the village of Kionia and access is only on foot. Though it may be hard to reach, fine sand and exotic landscape will eventually reward you.
One of the most crowded beaches on the island is Kolimbithra. It devided in 2 beaches, the smaller is more cosmopolitan and organized. There you can also participate in sports facilities. The largest is more remote and more windy, but it remains an ideal choice.
The beach of Agios Ioannis (Porto) is only 8 km away from the town of Tinos. It is sandy, sheltered from the north and besides the umbrellas and deck chairs you can enjoy the shade of the trees. There a beach bar is open as well as nearby taverns where you can enjoy local dishes.
Close to Chora there is the beach of Agios Sostis. Though exposed to the Northern winds, it is the largest and most organized beach in Tinos. It is a sandy and spacious beach along which you can find a host of hotels, restaurants and bars.
Tinos has many other remarkable beaches, such as Ysternia, Kardiani, Pachia Ammos, Livada and Agia Kyriaki. The options are many when it comes to organized or more remote beaches with sandy or pebble surface.
You can reach magnificent Tinos from the mainland ports, Piraeus and Rafina. From Piraeus, on high season, there is an itinerary early in the morning with Blue Star Ferries at 07.30 and one can reach his destination within 4 and a half hours. From Rafina Port there are daily 3 itineraries starting early in the morning till afternoon, the first one is at 07.30 with Fast Ferries and it takes 3 hours and 35 minutes. You can catch the second ferry which departs at 07.50 with Golden Star Ferries, it needing f3 hours and 50 minutes to reach your destination.
Finally, the latest itinerary, with Fast Ferries once more, is at 17.30 and you reach your destination at 21.20 which is perfect time for a walk around the port and its surroundings!
You can also take a ferry to Tinos from many other islands of Cyclades, such as Mykonos, Santorini, Naxos, Ios, Syros, Paros and of course Andros! There are many routes available on a daily basis from 07.35 in the morning till 19.45 in the afternoon!
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Disclaimer: The ferry itineraries stated have been valid at the time of the article’s publication and might have changed since then.