Profile of Tinos Island at the North of Cyclades
Tinos is one of the few islands which have managed to retain their authenticity a testament is the numerous artists and architects which discreetly visit Tinos. Tinos unique architecture and style can be traced back to its previous capital Exombourgo a mountainous catholic settlement favored by the populace due to the safety of the Fortress built to provide refuge against marauding pirates a millennium ago. Chora, the new capital of Tinos is a beautiful whitewashed town , there you will find the main port on the cities right , narrow streets full of surprises including traditional tavernas and modern bars but most importantly the cities Cathedral situated in the center of the town adorned by small stores selling a myriad of items ranging from incenses and trinkets to toys for children. The Cathedral was built on the spot where a young peasant girl found the sacred image of Holy Mary , to that day Orthodox Greeks from all over the world travel to pay their respects and carry out a very interesting ritual called tama ,pleading for a divine favor.Beyond Chora you will find many coastal settlements and scenic isolated beaches adorning the coastline, the inner parts of the island except from having the most authentic scenery.
Tinos can offer also are full of pathways for pedestrian exploration, conveniently there are also plenty of Tavernas in nearly all towns.
Sport Activities available : Surf Center (in Kolimbithra), windsurfing ,Scuba Diving club (on the port) Climbing & bouldering (Volax), horse-riding.
The beaches : 3 km from the port of Chora towards your left , you will find the large organized beach of Kionia , composed of sand and pebbles (composition varies from place to place) we recommend you to visit the Ammos Beach restaurant , where we were pleasantly surprised by the white wines proposed and the modern Mediterranean cuisine. If you are looking for calmness follow down your left the Kionia beach ,all along you will find the landscape divides.the beach into some very isolated and scenic beaches. On the far end of Kionia beach you will find a large isolated sandy nudist beach . 3 km to your right from the port you will find the “Agios Fokas Beach” which is organized and has many beach bars, following 5 more kilometers to your right you will find the beach “Porto” To practice surf or wind-surf you will have to go to the beach of “Kolymbithra” situated opposite to Chora on the island. The organized beach of “Kalivia” is also a great option where you will also find a beach bar , It is down the hill from the coastal settlement of Kardianni. Lastly the beach “Pachi Ammos” is a beautiful yet completely isolated beach , to reach you will need to go offroad.