Tinos is an impressive town, known for its sacred Greek Orthodox pilgrimage site, the Church of Panagia Evangelistria, found in the main town of Chora. Here, Neoclassical mansions line the waterfront with a myriad of cafes, shops and tavernas. Inland, local artisans have created picturesque marble villages, Pyrgos being one of the most attractive, you will also see the distinctive dovecots that characterise the landscape.
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Porto Raphael Residences & Suites is a traditionally built hotel, consisting of 30 residences and suites. Placed in an oasis inside a flourished garden among the Cycladic rocks and only 30 metres from the glimmering sea. Agios Ioannis is 500 metres away, here there are plenty of restaurants and also mini markets for everyday shopping.
There are some outstanding beaches, the south coast is a succession of gentle shelving sands, where waves gently lap the shoreline. Sample the farmers market in town to taste the islands fine local produce and then walk some of the old tracks and trails exploring villages and coasts.
Tinos as an island remains relatively unknown to tourists and attracts mainly Greek pilgrims who travel to the island for the 2 major religious festivals on March 25 and August 15 to visit the Panagia Megalochari (Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary) to fulfil their vows and seek comfort. Tinos is the most Orthodox centre of workship in Greece but also an important Catholic centre too and this rare mix of the two traditions gives the island a unique character.
Like all of the Cyclades, Tinos is a mountainout island – Mount Tsiknias being the highest at 713m. At its’ peak, according to mythology, was the palace of Aeolos the God of Wind. There also remain noted hunting areas with hunting for quail, turtledoves, woodcocks, rabbit and partridge prohibited to prevent extinction on the island. Not to be missed are the local cheeses and wine, famous Tinos beef and pork and extremely high quality local honey with thyme.
Located away from the coast and where a Venetian castle used to stand, Pyrgos is one of the largest villages on the island and remains the centre of the marble industry on Tinos. Chora (Tinos Town) has a busy, frenetic atmosphere along the waterfront with hotels, shops, tavernas all jostling for space. In the evenings, the waterfront is closed to vehicles to allow tourists and locals alike the opportunity to simply promenade whilst chosing which of the myriad of restaurants to visit for dinner.
Tinos remains an interesting place to holiday. Visitors can enjoy unspoiled architecture, picturesque villages, and a traditional way of living and culture.
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