Tinos is an island with unique attractions, wonderful beaches and the famous church of Panagia of Tinos, which forms an integral part of the modern Greek history. The island of Tinos is a modern one, featuring numerous innovative concepts. Visitors are presented with many options to choose from and have the chance to enjoy an all-embracing experience.
Pyrgos is the most famous village of Tinos. It has been proclaimed a traditional settlement by the Greek Ministry of Culture and constitutes one of the most picturesque places of the Cyclades. In the past, the village evolved into a prominent artistic center that paved the way for many important Greek artists to distinguish themselves. Some of the artists who started from Pyrgos were the sculptors Yiannoulis Chalepas, Dimitrios Filippotis, Yiannis Voulgaris and Loukas Doukas and the painter Nikiforos Lytras.
The “Yiannoulis Chalepas” museum
In Pyrgos village, the family home of the famous Tinian sculptor Yiannoulis Chalepas has been turned into a museum. Here, apart from the space where the artist lived and made art, visitors can see photos, furniture and household utensils. Some of Chalepas’ most important works, sketches made by him and photographic material complete the list of the valuable exhibits displayed at the museum. The museum is located near the entrance of the village.
Museum of Traditional Pottery of Tinos
The Museum of Traditional Pottery of Tinos is housed inside a traditional Tinian lodging. It has been created for the study and preservation of the local folk heritage. There, you can admire the collections of clay jars donated by residents of the village of Aetofolia and other neighboring settlements. These jars have been preserved, recorded and photographed. Another impressive feature of this museum is a traditional kiln, which has been created based on the descriptions provided by the last potters of the island.
Church of Panagia of Tinos
It is the most famous attraction of Tinos and one of the most well-known ones all over Greece. Although it is a Christian Orthodox church, it can easily be listed as a Tinian attraction. The church of Panagia of Tinos, also known as Panagia Evangelistria, is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Greece and all around the globe.
The Tinian dovecotes
The dovecotes are one of the most remarkable attractions of Tinos. Their exact construction date remains unknown. Still, they are unique examples of folk art and architecture. There are countless dovecotes spread all over Tinos. Their purpose is to offer pigeons shelter from the strong Aegean winds and breezes. They all look identical in the interior, but each of them has different decorations on the exterior.
This is one of the most picturesque villages in Tinos, built in a breath-taking landscape. You will instantly fall in love with this place, which holds great appeal for avid photographers. The color contrasts in combination with the minimal architecture of the houses are sure to often make you pause to take in the beauty. The houses are snow-white, typical examples of the Cycladic architecture.
When you visit Volax, you will come across otherworldly scenery, reminiscent of an outer-space landscape. Around the settlement, there are granite rocks in the shape of planets. Legend has it that these rocks are a remnant of the battle between the Giants and the Titans. This attraction is popular with rock climbers from Greece and all over the world.
The Exomvourgo rock
This is a trademark of the island, second only to Panagia of Tinos. This cliff is located in the southern part of Tinos and is considered one of the most famous attractions of the island. The view from this place is majestic and you are sure to enjoy an unforgettable experience, as the village is located at an altitude of 640 meters above sea level. The steep side of Exomvourgo is also one of the most well-known rock-climbing fields in Greece.
This impressive beach has deservedly been included in the list with the best attractions of Tinos. The rocks on the left side of the beach have been shaped by the salty water and the waves and form an idyllic setting. The beach is a wetland where ibex, ducks, turtles and migratory birds live. The nearby village of Myrsini has been enlisted in the “Natura 2000” program.