The island of Tinos is located between Andros, Mykonos and Syros and has a population of approximately 8,000 inhabitants. In order to get there, you can take the ferry-boat from Piraeus, Lavrio or Rafina ports. Tinos, is also frequently connected with Syros, Mykonos and Andros.
The mountainous island of Tinos has a total area of 195 square kilometers and a coastline of 106km. All villages are very attractive with traditional houses built close to each other and stone-paved narrow streets. Especially the fishing villages are built amphitheatrically overlooking the beautiful sea. The whole island has been influenced by the Venetians who onced ruled the place. This is evident in the architecture of both the houses and churches.
In Tinos the visitor can also find several marvelous beaches, some of which are characterized by their particular color The most famous one is the red beach, being composed of black and red volcanic rocks. Other beaches worth visiting are the ones of Perissa and Kamari, both covered in black sand.
The beautiful island is famous for its huge Church of the Panagia, (Virgin), which attracts thousands of pilgrims on the 15th of August. It is also worldwide known for its astonishing sculptors and marble carvings.
If you come to Tinos do not forget to visit the dovecotes, (more than 600 in total), decorated with geometric designs. It is believed that the patterns on the outside of the two-storey towers attract all doves.
Nightlife in Tinos is varied and rich. Most of the bars and clubs can be found in the capital town of the island. In general, visitors will find a great choice of accommodation, tavernas, cafeterias and commercial shops.