Southwest of the island, at a distance of 12 miles Syros island is located, and within it the capital of the Cyclades prefecture, Ermoupoli. Tinos island is also known, since ancient times, as "Hydroussa" because of the many water sources it harbours.
Most visitors believe that Tinos is mostly known for its church dedicated to the Virgin Mary Panagia Megalochari and the majestic Cathedral. That's not all! In Tinos visitors will be amazed by the stunning beauty of its countless small villages, its beaches and the island town.
Among these villages is Pyrgos, almost considered an open-air folk museum, which preserves the traditional Cycladic architecture to this day. Brimming with incredible creations made of marble it exudes a sense of nobility, artistry and continuous human inspiration. The village is the birthplace of the sculptors Giannoulis Halepa and Dimitrios Filippoti as well as the painter Nikiforos Ransom.
Isternia is well known for its picturesque alleys and the spectacular views of Syros island opposite. Kardiani has tall trees, clear water sources and many well preserved two-storey manor houses. At a short distance, visitors can enjoy swimming in the quiet beaches of Kalyvia, Agios Petros and Giannakis Bay.
Volax, or Volakas, is another village that is located in one of the most intriguing of landscapes of Tinos. The existence of rotund granite boulders makes this village very special and exceptional. It is worth visiting the nearby homonymous settlement with few inhabitants, that exclusively deal with the art of handmade basketry, able to take your custom orders, on the spot.
Tinos also has many beautiful, sandy and pristine beaches. Some of these worth mentioning are: Agios Fokas, Kionia, Agios Sostis, Livada, Kolimbithra, Agios Romanos and Santa Margarita.
Tinos also counts numerous dovecotes, which are considered to be works of art, with intricate designs.
The diversity of the island, wild and noble simultaneously, stimulates the imagination of each visitor and it is recommended for both terrestrial and marine exploration.
And there is still an unknown and hidden side of Tinos, waiting for you to discover it!