Vacations in Tinos (Cyclades - Greece)
Tinos: The religious center of Panagia in Greece
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Vacations in Tinos island - Tinos, The religious center of Panagia in Greece
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Information On Tinos
Tinos belongs to Cyclades and it is the forth largest island of the complex. It has an elongated shape and it lies right next to Andros, close to Piraeus.
In most islands of Cyclades Chora (the capital) is the most scenic settlement of the island, but on Tinos things are reverse. Chora is not scenic at all, but the are many beautiful little villages worth visiting with houses that have blue shutters and blossomed yards and balconies, like Pyrgos, Volax and Ysternia.
Another difference between Tinos and the rest of Cyclades is the vegetation, as there are many trees on the island. What impresses visitors is the vast number of churches on Tinos, as there is a total of more than 700 churches, of which 600 are chapels.
Tinos is a quiet island with great natural beauty, ideal for peaceful vacations, that gives off a sense of tranquility. Here you will find no nightclubs and bars, as the locals are trying to preserve the traditional character of Tinos.
Tinos is famous for its marble sculptures, having a long tradition, as you will witness for yourselves. Tinos is also famous for the strong winds that usually blow on the island, especially on August.
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Beaches Of Tinos
Although it is not known for its beaches, Tinos has a number of beautiful beaches. The only downside in the area of the sea the island has are the strong frequent winds, so choose carefully which time you visit Tinos as well as the beaches you will visit.
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Travel To Tinos
The trip from the port of Piraeus to Tinos only takes 2,5 hours if you travel with the high-speed ship or about 4 hours by the conventional ships.
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Transportation On Tinos (Car Rentals)
Tinos has a good road network with clear signs. Bus routes are rather frequent, but it is advised to have your own transport in order to be able to visit the island's amazing mountainous villages.
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Accommodation On Tinos (Hotels, Apartments, Guesthouses, Rooms to let)
Most accommodation is found on south Tinos and specifically in Chora, Agios Ioannis Porto and Kionia. The only organized camping of the island is found in Agios Fokas.
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Food & Drink On Tinos
Tinos has an exceptional local cuisine. Try the traditional omelet with artichoke or sausage, the fried sun-dried tomatoes, the garlic spaghetti and the patatou (pie with potato puree and cheese). In case you crave for something sweet try out the sweet cheese pie, a traditional Easter recipe which you can now find all year long.
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What To Buy On Tinos
The most famous product of Tinos is its Louza, a pork cold-cut with spices marinated in wine and left to dry out under the sun. The cheese types of Tinos are also famous, like the graviera (gruyere) of Tinos, the petrota cheeses (round spicey cheese bites), malathouni, kopanist (soft spicy cheese) and myzithra (soft white cheese). On Tinos they grow delicious cappers which you can but in vases, as well as thyme honey. In the patisseries you can get the traditional sweet cheese-pies bites and fantastic almond-based marzipans.
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Attractions On Tinos
The church of Evaggelistria on Tinos is probably the most important religious center of Panagia not only in Greece, but in the entire orthodox world.
The Archaeological Museum of Tinos was founded in Chora on 1960 at the Megalochari avenue
At the forecourt of the Evaggelistria church there are several small museums, like the Museum of Tinos Artists, the Gallery, the Sacristy and more.
The Museum of Marble Sculpture is a large and modern museum which promotes the history of marble sculpture on Tinos.
This small museum displays works from sculptors born in Tinos, mostly in Pyrgos or Ysternia villages.
One of the few caricature museums in the entire world exists on Tinos, at Falatados village.
On Tinos you will come across amazing scenic villages that are nothing alike with the average Chora, like Kardiani, Pyrgos, Volax and Ysternia.
The famous pigeon houses of Tinos were declared protected buildings in 1984 by the Greek Ministry of Culture.
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Alternative Islands To Tinos
Tinos is not what you are looking for? Then one of the following nearby islands might interest you:
Andros (2 klm from Tinos)
Mykonos (8 klm from Tinos)
Syros (16 klm from Tinos)
Naxos (45 klm from Tinos)
Kea (Tzia) (50 klm from Tinos)
Kythnos (51 klm from Tinos)
Antiparos (53 klm from Tinos)
Paros (61 klm from Tinos)
Iraklia (64 klm from Tinos)
Serifos (65 klm from Tinos)
Donoussa (68 klm from Tinos)
Sifnos (73 klm from Tinos)
Koufonisia (75 klm from Tinos)
Schinoussa (77 klm from Tinos)
Ios (83 klm from Tinos)
Sikinos (90 klm from Tinos)
Amorgos (93 klm from Tinos)
Kimolos (93 klm from Tinos)
Folegandros (100 klm from Tinos)
Milos (105 klm from Tinos)
Santorini (117 klm from Tinos)
Anafi (135 klm from Tinos)
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Islands Connected To Tinos
There is a ferry from Tinos to the following islands:
Amorgos (direct connection to Tinos)
Andros (direct connection to Tinos)
Kythnos (direct connection to Tinos)
Mykonos (direct connection to Tinos)
Naxos (direct connection to Tinos)
Paros (direct connection to Tinos)
Syros (direct connection to Tinos)
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