ΤINOS - THE ISLAND OF PANAGIA
Tinos, also known as Idroussa and Ofioussa, is an island between Syros, Andros and Mykonos that owes its fame to the miracles of the Virgin Mary. The island has become famous as a religious destination although it also has many natural beauties and attractions. It is the fourth largest island in the Cyclades, picturesque and traditional, with natural beauties and beaches. The city is dominated by the majestic church of Panagia Megalohari. Near the city are the villages of Mountados, Karya, Berdemiaros, Triantaros, Two Villages, Arnados, Kekhrovouni Monastery and the coastal settlements of Skylandaros, Agios Sostis, Agios Ioannis Porto and Lychnaftia. The village of Pyrgos is known for the school of fine arts and includes the traditional settlements of Plateia, Venardadou, Pyrgos, Marla and Mamadou and the coast of Panormos.
A special feature of the island are the admirable architecture pigeons and the 1200 chapels. The church of Evangelistria of 1823, on the church of Zoodochos Pigi, is in a complex of buildings with an enclosed paved courtyard on Megalohari Avenue. The Archaeological Museum in the heart of Chora, there are storage pits from the sanctuary of Demeter and Kore, statues and architectural members from the temple of Poseidon and Aphitrite. The Institute of Tinian Culture is located in an emblematic neoclassical building in the coastal city of Tinos which hosts concerts, screenings and exhibitions, while it houses a collection of the sculptor Giannoulis Halepas. One of the most important places of worship of the ancient Greeks, associated with the founding and life of the ancient city of Tinos is ancient Kionia.
The marble museum is located in a modern building on the edge of the Tower which brings to life the history and technology of marble. It has the richest collection of old marble sculpture designs and audiovisual material for traditional working methods. The monastery of Kechrovouni is located near Arnados and is also known as the Monastery of Agia Pelagia, due to the nun who is said to have envisioned the place where the icon of the Virgin Mary was buried. Between Koumaros and Tripotamos, is the granite mass of Xomburgos which was the safe fortress of the inhabitants in times of raids. The Monastery of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Xomburgo offers images of the universal tradition of the island. The monastery of Ursulina is a building on the edge of the village of Loutra from 1862 that came to accommodate 300 interns in the early 20th century. The Jesuit monastery in Loutra was built in 1846 between the Ursuline Monastery in Loutra and the vineyards housing the Jesuit battalion.
The island has dozens of beautiful beaches, with sand some organized and others quieter. Saint Fokas is the largest beach, one of the most beautiful on the island a few minutes from Chora. Agios Fokas is ideal for swimming, jogging and walking to the ancient rock of Vryokastro Overlooking Delos. A short distance away is the old port of Stavros, a picturesque small beach and next to Agios Markos with the small beach and the small church dominating the rock. After Agios Markos is Kionia de Tsapia, which owes its name to the river of the same name, a large beach with pebbles and pines that extends in front of the archeological site with the temple of Poseidon. To the east is the popular beach of Agios Sostis with stunning views of Mykonos, and the church from the 19th century on the rock.
Lauti or Skylandar beach together with Agia Kyriaki is ideal, with clear sea, sandy beach and is suitable for sports. The bay of Ag. Ioannis, which was a port, is one of the most popular and busy beaches on the island. After Potapia is Santa Margarita beach, a quiet beach with the homonymous catholic chapel of the area. At Livada beach the natural landscape enchants besides the river, with the lakes, the rocks and the waves. In Komi, through the meadow of Tinos, are the beaches of Kolibithra, a natural basin, which has been characterized as a habitat, with rare species of birds. Panorios is a beach of Tinos, with the islet of the Planet dominating in its center with beautiful beaches and attracts people because of this peculiarity. On the left there is a series of beautiful beaches, the most beautiful being that of the "Holy Sea''.
Tinos offers visitors products of unique quality with the traditional Cycladic cuisine, the special Tinian delicacies and the local pure ingredients that it produces. The famous artichoke, sun-dried tomatoes, capers and cheeses such as Tinian cheese, gruyere, spicy kopanisti and cold cuts such as pork sausage and louza are among the most famous products. Some of the special flavors of the local cuisine are the lamps, the fennel pancakes, the artichoke omelette, the garlic and the ham that are accompanied by local raki. Some of the Tinian sweets that are worth trying are the macaroons, the pasteli, the xerotigana (doubles), the "fish" (scallops), the bezes and the loukoumia. The island also features woven, wicker, ceramic, bronze or copper objects and utensils, as well as marble sculptures.