TINOS 360° - the complete guide to the island of Tinos

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Tinos is an ideal destination for every traveler, because it combines various contrasting natural elements such as: hills and plains, mountain and sea, fertile and infertile soil…The mild climate of the island favors any kind of activity, while the strong summer winds justify the naming of Tinos as “The island of Aeolus”. With an area of 195 km², Tinos is the third largest island of the Cyclades, after Andros and Naxos (for some, it is the fourth after Paros). Its shape is almost triangular and belongs to the geological formations of Andros and Mykonos, being considered an extension of Euboia. The ridge that separates the island in two parts, northern and southern, ends at the mountains “Kehrovouni” and “ Tsiknias”(estimated altitude 720 m ) where, according to mythology, Aeolus, the God of the winds, had his palace. The total length of the coastal line is about 114 km and it is adorned with “frilled” sand beaches with countless creeks and capes, satisfying every taste: busy or quiet, accessible through the central road network, through dirt roads or scenic paths. Sixty two thorps, more than forty of which (as they finally were formed during the last decades of the 20th century), are located all over the island. This multitude of villages is a rare phenomenon compared to other islands of the Cyclades of similar size. According to the census of 2001, there were 8.574 inhabitants in Tinos, living between the Capital and the rest of the villages. The island is mostly rocky ground. There are large amounts of granite, schist and marble (white and green). The flora consists of bushes and trees (cedars, myrtles, ulex est.) as well as aromatic plants that can be used in decoctions and cooking (sage, chamomile, oregano, caper etc.) The fauna consists of pigeons, rabbits, hares, partridges, and several migratory birds (turtledoves, quails and more) with a passage duration between September and February. The economy of the island depends mostly on agriculture, seafaring, fishing, and tourism (mostly during the summer), but also on the unique green marble and several other stone sorts, which are on the list of the products exported, along with vegetables, fruit, potatoes, dairy products, (Tinos- cheese, gruyere, “kopanisti”), thyme-honey of optimal quality and the marvelous “rozaki”(reddish) grape.

As far as tourism is concerned, there is nothing in its neighbor islands that should make Tinos envy of. Tinos ranks high in the preferences of the travelers who would like to visit the Kyklades island complex, in order to experience the idyllic environment with its famous coasts and to get a friendly hosted accommodation in one of the finest places. The capital of the island, “Chora”, as well as the rest of the villages will offer you abundant choices of all-star categories hotels as well as ideal rooms for whoever wants to escape from the reality of the everyday life.