The Greek islands have long been a popular holiday destination, and that comes as no surprise. With ancient history, gorgeous beaches, delicious food, and clean waters, Greece is an ideal getaway and the island of Tinos is no exception. This calm island is found on the northern side of the Cyclades archipelago. Though mostly frequented by Greek pilgrims seeking out an historic icon of the Virgin Mary, more and more foreign tourists are making their way to Tinos. Picturesque villages, hundreds of churches, beautiful dovecotes, a strong artistic scene, as well as those stunningly perfect beaches make Tinos a place to be explored. And a holiday rental in Tinos is just a click away with HomeAway.
Villas on Tinos are easy to find, whether for a small family or a larger group of ten or more persons. Whether quaint and simple or luxurious and modern, a villa in Tinos with air conditioning, internet access, and even a pool ensures a comfortable and fun holiday in Greece. For those who like to get around and see what nearby islands have to offer, HomeAway has a selection of holiday homes in Mykonos and comfortable accommodations on Santorini, too.
The Church of Panagia Megalochari:
Year after year, thousands of pilgrims flock to the Church of Panagia Megalochari. This church is one of the most visited in Greece, thanks to the story of a nun who found a 7th-century statue of the Virgin Mary when construction began in 1823. The idol can be seen to this day.
The village of Pyrgos is considered one of the most beautiful on the island, due largely in part to the thriving artistic scene. Marble streets and sculptures adorn Pyrgos, and the architecture is stunning. The School of Fine Arts is located here with artists selling their wares throughout town.
Just northwest of the capital, Kionia beach is an impressive sandy beach with a strong tourist infrastructure. Kionia is also an interesting site for those interested in ancient history; a temple dedicated to the gods Poseidon and Amphitrite as well as an ancient cemetery were discovered here.
Agios Romanos Beach:
Crystalline water and soft golden sand awaits visitors of Agios Romanos Beach. Traditional taverns that provide the tastes of Greek culture as well as impressive views of the neighbouring island of Syros make this a beach well worth visiting.
The capital of Tinos, Tinos Town, has enjoyed a rapid growth in tourism, thanks to the discovery of an icon of the Virgin Mary in 1823. The area known as Hora is Tinos Town's bustling centre with numerous taverns, shops, bars, and restaurants.
Dovecotes in Tinos Town:
These beautiful and intricately sculpted stone structures are found throughout Tinos Town. It is believed that the Venetians constructed these dovecotes with their geometric designs in the 18th and 19th century so as to attract flocks of pigeons. Today they lure tourists and locals alike and are a sight not to be missed.
Tinos enjoys a warm and temperate Mediterranean climate. Summers in Tinos can often be hot, and the “meltemia” winds that come from the north provide relief. Rain is scarce during the summer. The average temperature from June to August ranges between 30-35°C. Winters are mild and relatively warm with frequent fog.
Tinos does not have its own airport. The closest airports are in Syros (JSY) and Mykonos (JMK), both approximately 22 miles away. Tinos is reachable via ferry, catamaran, and hydrofoil from almost every major port in Greece, as well as Cyprus. Mykonos is a mere 30 minutes away via ferry and only 15 with a hydrofoil. Rafina can be reached in less than four hours.