For many people the ideal getaway is a vacation on a hot sunny island and Tinos in the Aegean Sea is a great choice. This delightful Greek island has many interesting things for holidaymakers to see and do. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas, apartments, B&Bs and campsites.
Tinos has some beautiful sandy beaches making them ideal destinations for sunbathing. The waters of the Aegean Sea are wonderfully blue and perfectly safe for adults and children to swim in. Sea fishing is popular in the summer season with boats available to charter from several coastal villages. Many watersports are offered here too including scuba diving, waterskiing, sailing and windsurfing. Tourists can also have fun taking a ride on a banana boat or take a boat trip around the island. Holidaymakers will find some interesting hiking trails on the island taking them through pretty villages and green landscape. Some paths climb to high spots offering wonderful views. There are a number of Greek taverns, bars, cafes and restaurants in Tinos, which serve mainly traditional Greek fare and plenty of fish dishes. Self catering holidaymakers will be able to purchase food and beverages from some village shops and markets. Tourists can buy many different gifts and souvenirs.
Tinos has a number of interesting places to visit including historic buildings and churches. The Church of Panagia Megalochari is located on a hill overlooking the island capital Chora and is well worth a visit. An ancient temple dedicated to Poseidon and an amphitheatre can be found at Kionia beach. Holidaymakers can also visit the 19th century Monastery of Ursulines, which used to be an educational centre for girls but is now a folklore museum. Another museum on the island is the Chalepas Museum in the north west of Tinos, which celebrates the life of local artist Giannoulis Chalepas. The island is also famous for its Dovecotes, which are fortress like stone structures that attract doves.
Summers in Chios are warm and dry with the average high temperature in July and August about 28 degrees centigrade, but even June and September see an average high of 26 centigrade. There is hardly any rain between June and September. December and January can see an average of 12 rainy days each, but the temperatures in the winter rarely drop into single figures.
The nearest airport is located on the island of Mykonos, from where holidaymakers can take a 40 minute ferry ride to Tinos. Mykonos Island National Airport (JMK) has flights to and from Athens all year round as well as seasonal flights from Amsterdam (AMS), Brussels (BRU), Cologne/Bonn (CGN), London-Gatwick (LGW), Paris-Orly (ORY), Rome-Fiumicino (FCO), Vienna (VIE) and Zurich (ZRH). On arrival at Tinos visitors can hire a car or moped from one of the rental firms located in Tinos Town.