Vacations in Tilos (Dodecanese - Greece)
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Information On Tilos
Tilos belongs to the Dodecanese and it is located southwest of Nisyros and northwest of Halki. It is the seventh largest island of the Dodecanese with a shape that resembles a hippocampus.
Tilos is an island with mountainous rocky terrain, but it does have some valleys with running water where fruits and vegetables are grown. Traversing the extended network of paths of the island, the Ecological Park of Tilos, you will come across many byzantine churches, some of which still preserve their impressive murals.
Tilos has three settlements, Megalo Chorio in the mainland which is also the capital, Agios Antonios and the seaside Livadia, but recently there is settlement developed in Eristos due to the popular beach. In Livadia the entire coastal road has been pedestrianized and is now an ideal place for a stroll, away from cars and noisy traffic.
Tilos is an ideal destination for quiet family vacations, as it has no real nightlife. There are only a few bars, mainly in Livadia.
It is worth visiting Tilos during mid July, where there is a big festival at the Agios Panteleimonas Monastery, on July 27th.
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Beaches Of Tilos
Tilos only has a few virgin beaches with crystal sea. Most of them are only accessible by sea using boats that depart from Livadia.
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Travel To Tilos
Tilos is connected with the port of Piraeus but it is a 16 hour trip, as the ferry makes a lot of stops. It is much easier to reach Tilos through the island of Rhodes or Kos, with daily trips of merely 1,5 hour.
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Transportation On Tilos (Car Rentals)
Tilos has a bus connecting the main points of the small island: Megalo Chorio, Eristos, Agios Antonios and Livadia. However, the bus schedule is rather sparse, approximately every 2 hours, and they also stop early. Of course there is a taxi, but the best thing is to have your own vehicle or rent one.
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Accommodation On Tilos (Hotels, Apartments, Guesthouses, Rooms to let)
Tilos does not have much accommodation, most of which are located in Livadia and very few in Megalo Chorio and Eristos.
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Food & Drink On Tilos
Tilos has a great traditional cuisine with fresh fish and seafood, as well as local delicacies. Try the giaprakia (stuffed wine leaves), tsouvra (tomato soup), Tilian kavourma (traditional recipe with pork) and hontro (chopped cooked wheat). You must definitely go the the bar of Mikro Chorio for a drink, where the owners also have a mini-van carrying visitors from Livadia.
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What To Buy On Tilos
Tilos is known for its thyme honey, its melekouni (sweet with almond and honey) and its local goat cheese. An ideal souvenir from your vacation in Tilos are the wood-curved dwarf elephant, due to the dwarf elephant findings on the island.
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Attractions On Tilos
Megalo Chorio is a scenic mountainous village of Tilos with remarkable architecture, fabulous sea view, lots of green and running water.
This settlement was founded on Tilos by the Knights of Rhodes but it has been totally abandoned for years now.
This small museum is housed in the ground floor of the Town Hall and it is famous for the exhibition of the dwarf elephant bones that lived on Tilos.
In Harkadio Cave there have been discovered various paleontological finds, including bone fossils of dwarf elephants 1,2-1,4 meters tall which were extinct 3.700 years ago.
On Tilos there are remains of several medieval castles, with the Knights Castle of Megalo Chorio standing out.
The monastery was founded on 1470 inside a cave at an altitude of 450 meters, in a green valley with running water.
The famous Ecological Park of Tilos is nothing more than a large (almost 35 kilometer long) network of paths.
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Alternative Islands To Tilos
Tilos is not what you are looking for? Then one of the following nearby islands might interest you:
Nisyros (13 klm from Tilos)
Halki (18 klm from Tilos)
Symi (31 klm from Tilos)
Rhodes (33 klm from Tilos)
Kos (37 klm from Tilos)
Karpathos (52 klm from Tilos)
Kalymnos (57 klm from Tilos)
Astypalaia (72 klm from Tilos)
Leros (78 klm from Tilos)
Lipsi (99 klm from Tilos)
Kasos (106 klm from Tilos)
Patmos (107 klm from Tilos)
Kastelorizo (190 klm from Tilos)
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Islands Connected To Tilos
There is a ferry from Tilos to the following islands:
Astypalaia (direct connection to Tilos)
Halki (direct connection to Tilos)
Kalymnos (direct connection to Tilos)
Kastelorizo (direct connection to Tilos)
Kos (direct connection to Tilos)
Naxos (direct connection to Tilos)
Nisyros (direct connection to Tilos)
Rhodes (direct connection to Tilos)
Santorini (direct connection to Tilos)
Symi (direct connection to Tilos)
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