Tinos belongs to the Cyclades islands and it is situated between Andros and Mykonos. The total land surface of this beautiful island is 194 sq km and its coastline stretches for almost 114 km. The entire region is covered with rugged mountains and dotted with over 40 villages. Mount Tsiknias is the highest mountain on Tinos rising at 750 meters above sea level. On the other hand, Mount Exobourgo is also quite noticeable because of its jagged shape.
Between these two mountains, there lies the fertile plain of Falatados. Even though it is at a height of 300 meters above sea level, it is relatively flat. The geography of Tinos is known for the beautiful landscape. From Panormos and Kolimbithra in the north of the island to Agios Sostis in the south, there are some wonderful, sandy beaches.
The beautiful village of Pyrgos is located on the west side of Tinos, surrounded by huge mountains where you can come across mines of exquisite green marble. The landscape around Volax is very unique as it is covered with rare giant boulders.
Tinos also has some important mineral resources of chrome, lead, iron and manganese. This white and green marble of Tinos is extremely famous worldwide and it has been used in the construction of many works of art since the ancient times. In fact, the traditional of working with marble is very long on Tinos and a workshop functions in Pyrgos village for this purpose
40 white little picturesque villages, more than 700 churches and monasteries, immaculate dovecotes and beautiful sandy and pebble beaches are the elements that create the wonderful Tinos island. Still unknown by the majority of foreign tourists, Tinos mostly attracts Greek pilgrims travelling there to see and touch the miraculous healing icon of the Virgin Mary, that was found in 1822.
The believers take part in the two annual religious pilgrimages, on March 25 and August 15, when themiraculous icon is carried down the harbour over the heads of the faithful.Thousands of Greeks Orthodox believers walk on their knees from the harbour to the church of Panagia Evangelistra to ask for the protection and favours of the Virgin. Tinos is the most important Orthodox place of worship.
The amazing Tinos is not only the island of religious faith but also the island of art: some of the most important Greek artists were born there such as the painters Nikephoros Lytras and Nikolaos Gyzis and sculptors such as Phlilippotis, Voulgaris and Giannoulis Chalepas, the Pheidias of Modern Greece, perpetuate the island tradition in marble-carving until today.
Tinos is a very interesting place to visit. One can enjoy its unspoiled architecture, its picturesque villages, its beautiful beaches and its traditional culture and way of living that is still present. It is the ideal place for lovers of nature, architecture, art and traditions, and really the perfect answer to these expectations.