A very typical yet very verdant of Cycladic islands Tinos hides many treasures on its mystical surface. It is foremost a place of miracles and contemplation. Most people that arrive here are pilgrims, artists or thinkers. Due to its religious and supposed artistic past, the island has become a great source of inspiration, faith and culture.
Walking through any of the traditional villages makes you both, thoughtful and admiring of the passed civilizations. The picturesque villages make you want to touch every white wall and to take a picture of the smallest detail you find on your way. The mosaic of architecture styles makes you wonder about Tinos’ history and heritage.
In addition to lovely towns and beautiful beaches Tinos has at its disposal other ways to impress and please a beauty seeker. In fact, the island’s nature makes your soul move within your body, hiking across the mountainous land brings you surprises and views to make your spine tingle. For those more into crafting and cultural heritage, many art galleries invite local artists and expose the Tinian old marble-carving tradition. Looking at what a man can do with a rock, how can he transform it is just incredible. The power and the potential of a dead object in our hands can only be discovered and understood through art.
All of the above, combined with the tranquility of Tinos’ pathways and green spaces, gives an impression of being out of reality, in a different dimension. At Tinos the time does not exist and if it does, it doesn’t affect anyone or anything on the island. It has its proper rules applied usually to those looking for peaceful holidays.
Pyrgos – a no longer visible castle
The village situated away from the coastline, but not less fascinating than any port-town. Pyrgos is home to impressive Museum of Marble Crafts and Tinian Artists. The most important and talented marble artists have left their mark here, including the mythological Phidias – father of today’s sculpting tradition. If it makes you want to learn more about this skill you may sign in for classes at the marble sculpture workshops.
Pyrgos, like any other of Tinian villages, is a perfect example of good use of marble; it features little architectural details, fountains, squares or skylights. You can also happen upon little chapels or pigeon lofts made with marble.
Volax – lunar or alien
Small village in the inland of the island, seems in a perfect harmony with the surrounding nature, almost as if it was camouflaged. Volax is somewhat built onto the granite rocks, sticked at the top of the boulders. That unusual characteristic makes its architecture and organization unique and fascinating. It is not something you see everyday! The village and the buildings themselves may be tiny but they have everything a tourist may ask for: taverns, museums, church, workshops and an open-air theater. The landscape surrounding Volax is a strange plateau with huge pebbles. The reason they are here may not be clear, but this is exactly what makes it even more fantastic. You can imagine your own story related to them.
The Panagia Megalochari of Tinos
The most important Orthodox center of worship in Greece, the church of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the goal of pilgrims from all over the world. Its importance is twice this big, for besides attracting Orthodox Christians, Panagia Megalochari is an important Catholic center at the same time. Blue domes of the church make it visible from a distance and emblematic of this Cyclades’ island.
This peak having around 640 meters is second the most emblematic of Tinos. Exomvourgo is a peculiar mountain with a monastery at its base and a fortress, sadly destroyed, at the top. Once you reach the peak of the Exomvourgo Mountain, you’d better hold on tight, for the view is mind-blowing! Panorama includes Tinos, altogether with Samos, Ikaria, Naxos and Delos. In other words, the heart of Cyclades is on your hand.