Tinos is a famous destination for Christian Orthodox pilgrims, a destination for meditation and a source of spiritual strength and courage. Besides that, Tinos is a beautiful island, easy to access from mainland and a place for travellers who prefer tracks off the beaten path. It pays for a visit to the villages of Tinos and the less known beaches. There are many hotels to choose among and restaurants serving the real taste of Cyclades. 

History

According to mythology the protector god of the island was Neptune and thanks to his worship, Tinos was considered as an important religious centre before the 5th century BC. The ruins of the temple are in Kionia area next to one of the best beaches in Tinos. The island has been re-established its religious importance after the finding of the sacred icon of Virgin Mary or Panagia Megalohari in Greek in 1823. The icon is considered to be a masterpiece of Evangelist Lucas. The finding of the icon was considered a divine sign and benediction for the Greek nation. The imposing temple, made by white marble is erected on the same point where the icon was found and is dedicated the Annunciation of Virgin Mary.

Sights

The trademark of Tinos Island is the numerous dovecotes. These marvellous buildings are built from stone and slate following a distinctive architecture. The valley of Tarambados has most of the dovecotes of the island; many of them have been also renovated thanks to the well-preserved path leading there.

In the northern utmost of the island are the beautiful port of Panormos and the impressive village of Pyrgos. Pyrgos is the birthplace of one of the greatest sculptors in Greece Giannoulis Halepas and his house is now a museum. The village has the typical Cycladic architecture with white house and narrow alleys combined with extensive use of marble in both construction and decoration. The alleys are literally marble-paved with carved symbols. No wonder why is here the Faculty of Fine Arts and Marble Sculpture.

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