ACTIVITIES IN TINOS
Tinos is an island that never stops revealing its beauty to visitors and locals. It has a rich culture that evolves around the appreciation of beauty through art, that keeps growing since ancient times, offering landmarks and local masterpieces that frame a breathtaking natural environment. Sandy beaches, welcoming hills, ancient paths, traditional villages and unique monuments, blend with the island’ s arts and crafts, with its amazing gastronomy, interesting customs, marble sculpture and weaving traditions, creating a charming destination that shines under the purifying Aegean light.
A walk in the historic Chora of Tinos is essential for visitors that wish to connect with the important islands’ history. The impressive church of Panagia Tinou In Chora, is the island’s most well-known landmark, with interesting museums, like the Tinian Arts Museum and the Art Gallery spreading around it. The Archaeological Museum of Tinos, the Cultural Foundation of Tinos, which hosts the permanent Giannoulis Chalepas exhibition as well as the Temple of Poseidon and Amphitrite in Kionia, are worth visiting. The Museum of Marble Crafts, in Pirgos will help the visitors connect profoundly with the island’s essence.
The picturesque stone paths of the Tinian countryside offer a glimpse of the authentic island’s spirit, with amazing stone walls, windmills and traditional dovecotes unravel in a most welcoming landscape.
All the shades of blue unfold in the island’s beautiful crystal-clear water beaches. Organised, featuring a wide range of activities or calm, desert small hideaways, the beaches of Tinos offer great choices for relaxing hours of swimming, sunbathing, diving or surfing. The exotic Agapiani, the serene Agios Fokas and Agia Thalassa, Agia Kiriaki and the isolated Apigania, are wonderful to unwind and feel the revitalizing energy of the Cycladic ambience.
The physiognomy of Tinos is shaped by the assembly of its picture-perfect, traditional villages, which spread from the coastline, all the way up to the islands’ center. Untouched by time, rural, proud, Tinian villages exhibit important architecture and folk-art samples, temples, churches, towers, traditional houses, windmills, dovecotes and picturesque paths leading to the impressive natural scenery that contours them. Volakas, with its out of this word landscape and its rich tradition in handmade basket weaving, Agapi, with its charming alleys and arched paths, the medieval Arnados with its grand arches and narrow paved paths and the impressive church of Analipsi, and the attractive Dyo Choria, are only some of the more than 45 interesting villages that reward the visitor with their authenticity and heartwarming hospitality.
HIKING & TREKKING
Tinos features a rich network of stone or slate paved footpaths, which are tracked, offering direct access to the islands’ most beautiful natural and cultural landmarks. At least ten important walking trails are marked and restored by the program “Alternative Forms of Tourism – Promotion of Cultural Interest Itineraries” in order to highlight the islands’ rich historic features as well as the beauty and variety of the natural environment.
The “Kionia –Hatzirados– Ktikados – Smourdia – Vari – Poles – Chora” the “Xinara – Xobourgo – Koumaros – Skalados – Krokos -Loutra- Perastra – Smardakito – Tarambados- Kambos” and the “Falatados (Kathlikados) – Volax – Griza – Sklavochorio – Agapi” paths are three of the wonderful routes that reveal the island’s beauty.
SURFING, HORSE RIDING, ROCK CLIMBING
Tinos offers a wide range of outdoor activities that inspire visitors embrace the wild beauty of Tinos. The breathtaking beaches, the calming golden fields and the island’s hilltops are so inviting; through activities like surfing, horse riding and climbing, visitors can create a unique bond with the island. The numerous schools and certified instructors can guide everyone, beginners as well as experienced visitors.
Tinos’ cuisine is based on seasonal, great quality local ingredients. Fish, meat, fruits and delicious vegetables; capers, artichokes, tomatoes that sun-dry and eggplants are used in the island’s unique plates. Rich local cheeses like volaki, analati, petroma, malathouni and gruyere are combined with the island’s cold cuts, louza, sausages and siglina in mouthwatering omelets, potato pies and pasta. Pigeons, rabbits and pork recipes variations, are popular in the Tinian villages. Wine, tsipouro and thyme honey, are also some of the well-known island products.
“Tinos Food Paths Gastronomy Festival”, the local annual Gastronomy Festival in Tinos, promotes the island’s authentic cuisine and encourages contemporary Chefs to approach creatively traditional Tinian products.
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