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Heavenly atmosphere
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My trip to Tinos for the summer holidays turned marvelous. The island is characterized by its beauty, the simplicity of life and its religious symbolism. During my stay the town was throbbing with activity, mainly due to the Greek visitors who arrive here to pay homage to the Holy Virgin Church. Tinos is an island that appreciates the traditional way of life.

There are various activities to do and plenty of sights to see in the island. Beginning from the Church of Virgin Mary, the Chalepas Museum, the very interesting Ursulines Monastery.

The next best thing about Tinos is the beaches. I got to Agios Romanos, a sandy beach with crystal clear waters and quiet most of the times. I didn't like Kionia so much because it was very crowded but it is the ideal spot if you are a fun of water sports.

Had a great time! The wonderful atmosphere of the island was enough for me to feel satisfied and happy.



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Great nature and villages
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After a short visit to the main town, we rented a car and drove up the mountainside. We had read in travel guides that the best part of Tinos is the lovely villages in the inland. The view of the harbor and town is quite spectacular from the hillside. After a while, we reached Dio Choria, with the fortified buildings, meandering tunnels, tiny streets, and natural springs. Next, we visited the famous Monastery of Kechrovouni.

Driving through the inland is fun and interesting, but be careful of the narrow and winding roads.The finest village of Tinos is Pyrgos. It has marble workshops because apparently Pyrgos has tradition in marble working. We visited the house of an old sculptor there. Have a seat at the square and drink traditional coffee under the plane tree. One day driving is enough to see the villages of Tinos. Spend the rest days at the beach. Porto and Kionia are the most beautiful beaches we visited on this island and both have great fish taverns.



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Much windy but lovely
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I found Tinos extremely interesting from a cultural point of view (history, heritage, religion, local tradition). I have visited more than 10 Greek islands but on Tinos I have found the kindest people I ever met. Very nice, kind, easy going inhabitants. This has been a great experience for me and my friends. We book a nice room through Greeka in Kionia, a lovely resort close to the main town. All beaches we visited were great but I don't remember the names.

Our favourite activities were swimming and going around to visit beautiful churches spred all over the island. Try to talk to the local people. It is a pleasure to talk to them and hear their stories. Have local dishes in the small taverns you meet on the way. Do not hesitate to try new dishes, all are clean and good priced. The only negative point is the wind!! I love the wind but in Tinos it is too much!!



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Choose hotel carefully
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When we visited Tinos last year, we stayed in a lovely hotel in Kionia. It seems that we were lucky to find a nice place to stay, as we were very worried with this issue. Most of our friends who have also been to Tinos were unhappy with their accommodation. They said that the hotel's pictures on the Internet were much different from reality. Anyway, we did find a nice place and the location was what we needed: close to the beach and calm.

Tinos is famous for the Church of Virgin Mary in Chora that has a sacred icon inside. We went to this church and we were impressed by the way people showed their faith. Others would go on the knees for the port to the church (a fairly long distance, about 20-30 minutes walking), others would cry in front of the icons and others would put golden offerings there to ask for a favour. Greeks are really religious!! Inside the church, there is a small museum with works of local artists. Next to the church, there is a park with statues of monks and politicians.

Unfortunately, we didn't have much time to explore the island. We intented to rent a car and see the north side, but finally changed our mind and stayed in the south to relax. The best beaches (of what I've seen) is Porto, Kionia and Agios Romanos. All have great taverns ashore.

We stayed only for three days in Tinos and then hopped to our beloved Mykonos, but a couple more days would be great to see the other villages.



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Sacred and beautiful
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Most Greeks know Tinos from the Church of Virgin Mary. Every 15 of August, Tinos becomes the center of Greece, with thousands of people visiting this church. To visit and see the sacred icon you have to wait a long queue, even when it's not August, 15. This was the reason we first visited Tinos. My sister had made a promise to Lady Mary to go there some years ago, and so we did. On our second trip there, this summer, we focused to the other places that Tinos has to provide, apart from churches and we discovered a truly beautiful island.

What we loved in Tinos were the calm, no tourist places. The village Agapi, in Greek this mean Love. Beautiful village, with some running waters nearby and green strands. Also go to the villages Dio Choria and Pyrgos are called the balconies of Tinos, because of their view. The village Kalloni is also nice, traditional, clean, on a green hill and a smell of flowers follows you while walking in the small streets. The most quiet and honestly... amazing beach we found was Livada. Not that big beach, not known much, with light blue, clean water, a really stunning place. On your way there, you will see a nice lake with ducks and a small tavern nearby. Food was also good.



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Get a religious aspect of life
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Try to visit Tinos island on a daytrip from Athens or for a few days (but not during 15th of August, you will not find even a chair to seat!!- it's the celebration of the Church of the Panagia Evangelistria there) since if you are keen on nightlife and cosmopolitan way of life, it will disappoint you a little bit!

Nevertheless, Tinos is a remarkable beautiful island with so many windmills all round and the locals are really helpful and ready to explain all that you need to know to understand their culture! Both Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic populations co-exist because of the Panagia Evangelistria church, with its reputedly miraculous icon of Virgin Mary makes many pilgrims run their way the 800 metres from the ferry wharf to the church on their hands and knees as sign of devotion. That really made me to shudder and revalue my thoughs and way of life! Relax then with a cup of Greek hot cofee and homemade cherry spoon sweet and enjoy the fascinating view of Aegean sea.



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So sweet
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We spent 10 days in Tinos last August, beautiful holiday, beautiful island.
But not for all.
Tinos is different from other cyclades.
Have wonderful little villages, so white, rocky landscapes, much wind and Chora is a town full of restauants, cafes, shops and pilgrims.
Don't go to Tinos if you want night life, but if you need beautiful beaches, quite villages and very nice and friendly people and animals (a donkey wait for you every day near an old windmill)... go!
We stayed to Myrtia Studios in Kionia, perfect place, every confort, incredible sea view!
Our favorite beachs were Livada, Kolymbitra and Panormos!
We love Tinos so much!



matina22

Certainly not for clubbing
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We stayed only three days in Tinos so we didn't see much except from Chora and a couple of beaches. It was a lovely island but very quiet for young people. We were mostly attracted to Tinosbecause it looked to have nice beaches, but when we got there we saw that it had no nightlife. So, after three days of swimming (what else to do?), one warm morning we headed off to Mykonos. Only an hour away and still so different.

Learn from our experience: if you are dying for clubbing, do not even consider Tinos. This is an island for older people I think who are looking for calmness and comfortable hotels. Top things to visit on Tinos are the church of Lady Mary close to the port and the beach of Agios Ioannis Porto. I didn't see the rest of the island, but if you want to do so, better rent a motorbike or an ATV. Buses are not frequent even to popular places.



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Still very Greek
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Tinos is still a very Greek island. Even in high tourism, it remains untouched by mass tourism. We were there in July, which is peak season for Greece, and though found many places to relax and enjoy some quiet. As the locals told us, most people go to Tinos on middle August, because on August 15th, there is a big celebration for Virgin Mary, the protector of the island, whose church is thought to be miracle working.

You will find some clean and nice beaches on Tinos. Most hotels are built around these beaches. Be careful when booking hotels through the Internet because most of them say to have facilities that they actually don't have. The hotel we went to first was a rip off 70 euros a night and had very bad rooms and bad service. It had ages to get a renovation. When I sat on the bed, I went right through. As you understood, next day we left at sunrise. Didn't sleep at all there. Unlike hotels, restaurants on Tinos are great. Never had a bad meal, altough some waiters don't speak good English, but this is a characteristic of most Greek islands.



alexser

Use gestures with waiters
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In Tinos, I loved the small restaurants by the beach. You could always find a delicious dish and a welcoming onwer there. Local wine was excellent. Most waiters were friendly (except a sad exception in a restaurant in Chora) but they would speak only Greek. If you were lucky, you could find a waiter speaking some English, but don't ask for other languages. Most communication will be done with gestures. Prices are normal.



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