EXPERIENCE TINOS ISLAND
Tinos is a Greek island of the Aegean Sea, the fourth in size among the Cyclades island group. Its population of 10,000 inhabitants lives among 62 beautiful villages and on an area of 194 k m2.
Tinos is connected via a regular transportation network with the main ports of Athens (Piraeus, Rafina and Laurion) by ferries and catamaran boats. It is also connected with most of the rest of the Cyclades, making it an ideal part of island-hopping vacations. In addition, Tinos can be easily reached by air via the international airport of Mykonos thanks to the frequent and short sea connection between the two islands (ca. 30 minutes). The vivid cultural life, the well-preserved architectural heritage and the unspoiled natural beauty of the island attract travellers, artists and intellectual who seek a vacation experience away from massive tourism. Tinos Island is the perfect destination for couples, families and friends, who want to experience its unique Cycladic grace.
Tinos is renowned among the Cyclades for its exceptional cuisine, which has remained to this day unchanged in character. A variety of excellent tavernas serve traditional dishes, while food and wine/raki festivals take place all year long, particularly during the summer. Modern brunch cafés and pastry shops further enrich the culinary experience. For the avid lovers of Greek gastronomy, cooking workshops are offered in different places, as well as in Tinos Habitart.
Tinos is unique among the Aegean islands for its rich cultural heritage. Some of the most notable Greek artists, painters N. Gyzis and N. Lytras and sculptors Y. Chalepas and D. Filippotis, belong to the numerous representatives of the island’s age-long and still blooming artistic tradition. Marble and stone carving hold a special place in the history of the island, with the village of Pyrgos being the main center of marble art production. A large number of museums, art galleries and festivals exhibit every year folk, religious and contemporary art, in all its seven forms. Likewise Tinos Habitart houses each summer at least one art show in its exhibition grounds.
Tinos is an island of superb beauty, with an unmatched high number of well-preserved villages. Unspoiled beaches with crystal clear waters, rocky footpaths and picturesque chapels complete the surrounding picture. Having retained its particular identity, the island allows an authentic experience of being, while its physically unique landscapes provide one-of-a-kind opportunities for various outdoor activities. Among others: hiking, trekking, bouldering and horse riding. Guided tours inviting visitors to discover the beauties and history of the island are offered by Tinos Habitart.
With sand or peddle, deep or swallow waters, organized or secluded, the beaches of Tinos can please the preferences of every visitor and family. Unique landscapes define the northern part, where the “meltemi” wind provides excellent opportunities for surfing. During calm days visitors may enjoy stand-up paddle boarding. Tranquil and crystal clear waters characterize the protected beaches of the south. Here also scuba diving lessons are offered. All over the island, beach bars and tavernas by the sea provide the necessary refreshments and delicious meals.
Well preserved, vernacular architecture characterizes the villages of the island. The genuine typology of the Dovecote, is found at this level of artistic refinement and expansion uniquely in Tinos. Furthermore over 600 Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches and chapels dot the landscape. The island is famous throughout the Eastern Orthodox world for its reputedly miraculous icon of the “Panagia Evangelistria” (The All-Holy Bringer of Good News) held in the imposing Church of the “Megalochari” (She of Great Grace), the centre of a yearly pilgrimage that takes place on August 15.
Tinos Habitart is located in the outskirts of Triantaros, a traditional village at an elevation of 326 m and a distance of 6 km from the town and port of Tinos. This amphitheatrically built village is defined by a breathtaking view over the Aegean. Being embedded in the landscape, but at the same time near the “chora” of Tinos constitutes Triantaros a prime choice for travellers. The village has two tavernas, a fine-dining seafood restaurant and a café offering meze and brunch.