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Nested in the northern side of the Cyclades, Tinos (Greek: Τήνος [ˈtinos]) is just perfect for unwinding family holidays. The most traditional villages are placed in the inland and they are celebrated for the scenic architecture.
Pyrgos is the most noteworthy village of Tinos Greece, with a long custom in marble carving. The village is built in the heart of a verdant site, as one of the largest, most beautiful villages of Tinos and the entire Cyclades. Pyrgos charms with the numerous marble artefacts made by the local craftsmen. Today guests have the privilege to admire the marble streets, arches, churches and many monuments. Wood carving workshops and a School of Fine Arts also take place in the picturesque village of Pyrgos.
Besides being a tranquil holiday destination, the island is dear for the Greeks as it hosts the Church of Panagia (Virgin), considered the protector of the country, with a miraculous icon inside. This place of worship receives thousands of pilgrims throughout the entire year, but even more so on the 15th of August, on the occasion of the Dormition of the Virgin. A charming detail of this Greek island are the traditional dovecotes. Sprinkled across the entire island of Tinos, they look like tiny fortresses with geometrical patterns, which attract the doves.
The beaches are cool and sandy, endowed with numerous tourist facilities and accommodations. Agios Sostis beach, located 6 km southeast of Tinos Town, is one of the most beloved beaches on Tinos with amazing crystalline water, soft sand and beautiful surrounding with green vegetation offering plenty of shade. Located 7 km southeast of Tinos town, Agios Ioannis Porto is one of the most cosmopolitan beaches of Tinos. It offers various facilities beach bars and taverns, crystal clear waters to dive into as well as a picturesque chapel that stands on the left side of the beach, which certainly adds to its allure.
Agios Romanos, found 6 kilometers northwest of Tinos Town, is a long sandy beach right below the developed settlement with marvelous blue water. Along the sandy shore are plenty of trees for natural shade and a cozy tavern prepared to welcome you. Kionia beach, another jewel of this island, is a long and vast sandy beach shadowed by lush trees, about 3km north west of Tinos.
In addition to water sports, the coastal settlement is worth visiting for its archeological interest. Several excavations in the past brought to light a temple dedicated to Poseidon and Amphitrite and an ancient cemetery. Furthermore, a beloved activity in Tinos island is hiking. Moreso the countryside of Tinos is ideal for hiking, as footpaths lead to mountainous villages, old windmills and dovecotes, abandoned monasteries and secluded beaches.
The villages are great places for you and your loved ones to discover authentic Greek life.
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