Tinos is an island located in the Cyclades archipelago in the Aegean Sea. Nearby are Mykonos, Delos and Andros islands. In ancient times, Tinos was also known as Ophiussa (snake) and Hydroessa. Some of the most beautiful villages with traditional style on the island are Isternia, Kardiani and Pyrgos.
The island is famous with its numerous windmills, artistic dovecotes, Venetian fortifications, but most of all for the Church of Panagia Evangelistria – the church of Virgin Mary, located in the town of Hora. It is the most famous and grandiose of all Greek churches, as well as the most miraculous one. People from all over the world visit the place in search of absolution and cure of serious illnesses by the reputedly miraculous icon of Virgin Mary, located in the church. On the 15th of August, a glorious day of celebration for the island, hundreds of people cover the route from the port up to the church on their knees.
Tinos Island is also known for its beautiful green marble, found in the mountains surrounding Pyrgos and its famous sculptors, and painters. Travelers can experience the beauties that have emerged of this island in the Museum of Marble Art and the Art Gallery that hold more than 100 paintings of famous artists.
Another interesting experience on Tinos are the stone creations of its inhabitants. Villages throughout the island are connected by stone walkways trapped between a set of parallel stone walls.
Some of the most beautiful beaches on Tinos are: the pebble Mali beach, the sandy Agios Petros and Rohari beaches, and the secluded Isternia and Lichnaftia beaches.