Best Things to Do in Tinos Greece 2020

Do you want to learn about the best things to do in Tinos Greece? Then read our post. We have been twice in this island and chances are we will go again this summer too.

Tinos Greece is just 3 hours by ferry from Athens (port of Rafina). That makes it quite a short ride to get there. Use this or this ferry service company to book your tickets (always ahead, especially if you have a car).

We want to share our experiences with you on this magnificent Cyclades island.

Things to Do in Tinos Greece

Tinos is an island strongly related to religion and is famous for that, but for those who know the island is far from only seeing churches.

It is a proper and excellent popular Greek vacation destination, with all the goodies.

Also, read our post for hiking in Tinos.

Traditional Villages of Tinos, Greece

As we left Chora of Tinos, we first bumped into that church. The church design is typical for the Cyclades.

Villages of Tinos Greece
Iera Moni Agiou Nikolaou Vanis

We were intrigued by the rooftop, which was an excellent opportunity to climb/step on and see this view.

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Tinos, Greece, Village of Falatados

One of the first villages we entered was  Falatados.

It is just a small village, yet it hosts the Museum of Cartoons (from Greek artists).

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Museum of Cartoons is hosted here

It is nice to stop for lunch, yet it doesn’t provide much of a view of the sea.

Walking through it is excellent and relaxing, though.

Villages of Tinos Greece

Exomvourgo Hill

This hill is well known for rock climbing. We didn’t go there for that, though.

It was too hot during midday.

We saw the church at the feet of the hill and the castle ruins at the top. So, we imagined that the view would be great from the top.

To get there (castle top), you can get the sideway outside and from the left of the Catholic church. The church itself is charming.

It doesn’t function as a church anymore. We even met people having a Yoga retreat there.

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Holy Temple of Jesus Heart
Villages of Tinos Greece
Holy Temple of Jesus Heart

You can even get a small hiking path towards Tripotamos from there. Along with that, you pass a small chapel with a great view.

Villages of Tinos Greece

Taking the path to the top is not very time consuming, and it will reward you with some 360 degrees views of the area.

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The view is indeed breathtaking, and you stay there as long as you like admiring it.

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Villages of Tinos Greece: Volax & Poetry

We’ve learned that we had to visit Volax village as it had an interesting thing to present to us. We found two things.

Volax is also called the village of poems, and you are about to find why.

As you walk around the village and especially on doors or walls of abandoned houses, you will see poems of famous Greek poets.

Villages of Tinos Greece

That is the work of one person who wanted to beautify the village in that way.

Villages of Tinos Greece

Turning around different corners of the village brings little marvels of beauty.

And then around a corner, we bumped into Mr. Antonis.

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Mr. Antonis

One of the two remaining masters of traditional basketry. He allowed us to take a picture of him while working.

Here are the little basket jewels.

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The other guy is this one. Mr. Loudovickos.

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Mr. Loudovickos

At the village end, don’t forget to go through this little shop, named “Eros.” The owner seemed very friendly.

Villages of Tinos Greece

At the village entrance, you see an outdoor “store” which sells local herbs that -may- can cure lots of illnesses, at a very reasonable price.

Kardiani Village in Tinos Greece

That village has the brightest white and most terrific light we have encountered so far on the island of Tinos, Greece.

The view itself, when you stand at the village end at the church balcony, is astonishing!

Kardiani

The thing with this village is that you can enjoy the beauty of it when you walk through the town. From far, it seems like another (beautiful) town of Tinos.

Kardiani

But when you go into the village, views are enhanced.

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When you walk through Kardiani, you find small water fountains like this one where you can drink fresh water and enjoy art carved on marble.

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At some narrow streets, there are tiny coffee houses. This one below had just six chairs and two tables!

Kardiani

Churches here are equally bright as all over Tinos Greece. All are made with marble.

Kardiani

This is how beautiful it feels through narrow alleys of Kardiani.

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I cannot stress enough the beauty of the view around Kardiani.

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Tinos Greece Village of Isternia

You will find this spot on the north side of the village of Isternia, while you drive at the top of Tino’s hills.

It pops out of nowhere, showing this complex set of different buildings.

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It looks beautiful from afar and even better from up-close.

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We didn’t visit the actual village, as we stayed there for quite a while, admiring the architecture.

Panormos Village of Tinos

If you are hungry and craving for some delicious snacks/lunch and a picturesque view, along with some cooling breeze, then go to Panormos.

Panormos village

It is a tiny village. For us, the highlight was the by the dock promenade.

Island, Panormos village

It is a typical tiny village of Tinos, and by “typical” we mean: beautiful.

Greece, Panormos village

Tarampados Village of Tinos, Greece

Unfortunately, there is not much to show from this village since it was raining!!! Yes, the rain started around 10 minutes from the town and didn’t stop.

Tarampados is mostly known as the village hosting the most significant number of pigeon houses. Here are 2 of them along with a heavy sky.

Tarampados village

Culture and Religion in Tinos, Greece

Tinos is tightly weaved with two things. Religion (due to the temple of the Virgin Mary) and culture and marble craft due to its production of the famous Tinos marbles.

The Marble Crafts Museum of Tinos Greece

Last but not least, on our list was the Marble Crafts Museum of Tinos. Tinos is known all over the world for its great marble.

We also learned this: The Tinian Marble Craftsmanship is inscribed in 2015 (10.COM) on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO.

The museum depicts the history of this craft, along with an exhibition of tools and marble works.

The museum of Marble Crafts is created and functions under the provision of the Cultural Foundation of Piraeus Bank Group.

Here is the village of Pyrgos, where the museum is located.

Marble Crafts museum

And here is how the museum looks from the inside. The manager and the museum staff were accommodating and explained to us the role of marble, along with the art that was used to create those marvels.

Tinos Marble Crafts museum

We walked around learning about the tools and patience of these artists/sculptors. Their work was present in churches, houses, and everyday objects.

Secular, ecclesiastical, funerary, and everyday objects were made from Tinos marble.

Marble Crafts museum

The visitor can also watch a charming documentary that presents the history of marble crafts here.

It is impressive to go through all these. This museum depicts the pre- and proto-industrial Tinos.

This was the most critical center of marble crafts in Modern Greece.

The Lady of Tinos island 

You may also have heard it as the Virgin Mary Church of Tinos, the Church of Panagia Megalochari or Panagia Evangelistria, or even the Evangelistria church. It is located in a prominent location in the heart of Tinos town, really close to the port.

It is one of the essential religious hot points in Greece (others are Meteora, Mount Athos, Proussos Monastery, and many more).

People come from all over the world to visit the church and pray to the Virgin Mary for something they want in life and kiss the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary.

Many times their request is related to the healing of an ailment of their own or of something a loved one has.

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Lady of Tinos exterior

Maybe it is due to the extreme & combined will and praying and faith or due to divine intervention. Who knows?

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Going into Lady of Tinos

People pray here and provide offerings (called “Tama”), hoping their wish will come to life. 

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Yes, I know. Wow, right?

The fact is that this place is lovely and serene.

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Check the view from the church

The interior of the church is filled up with thousands of small offerings.

What a visitor sees is not even the actual sum, since offerings are placed at the feet of the Lady of Tinos for many many years now.

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The whole town of Tinos is focused on this kind of religious tourism, and religious artifacts and souvenirs are sold everywhere.

Even if you are not a highly religious person, you cannot stay unaffected by the energy this place beams. It is also related to some essential markers of Greek history.

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Part of the famous torpedo that blew the Greek protected cruiser “Elli” on August 15, 1940.

Of course, the definite time of the year to visit the church is on August 15. We are talking about huge crowds who come here to participate in the festivities.

Worth spending some time there. You may also notice people walking on hands and knees from the harbor all up to the church. That is called a “Tama,” and it is an act of volunteer suffering, that they believe their desire to get their wishes to come to life.

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Us, relaxing at the shade

However, and since in summertime, the island is quite hot, visitors must not neglect to taste new experiences that will tingle their day.

What to Taste in Tinos Greece

Go for Nissos Beer of Tinos. By all means, this reference is not an “advertising” but something that a visitor must taste while in Tinos.

As the culinary part of a trip is also essential, it is right for you -the reader- to know that in Greece, many local breweries make delicious beers!

In the last few years, a big wave of creativity grew in Greece in many highly competitive markets.

One of them is the refreshments and beer market. We were surprised to discover them in Athens and around Greece.

A beer named “Nissos” was one of them, and we made it our goal to visit their facilities the next time we would be on the island.

After all -the Nissos brewery- is a visiting brewery, so you either make an appointment (better) or just drop-in. 

Aggeliki, the person responsible there, saw us from the balcony of the brewery and understood we wanted to visit the place.

She invited us in, and we happily sat around a big wooden table in an area that looked like a bar.

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Nissos brewery deco

Aggeliki explained about the organic ingredients used in the production of this beer. Nissos was the first Greek beer to be awarded a silver European Beer Star in 2014.

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How is the beer made, mate? Well, here you are.

There we learned how beer is made, and we had the opportunity to taste the Black version of Nissos (there is a Pilsner and Lager one too).

Everything is made with ingredients from Greece. Nothing is imported, except the bottles.

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There is more Black to taste

Let us tell you that the Black one is amazingly powerful. You have to eat it! It even has a firm name: 7 Beaufort.

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I am tasting the Black one.

Following the great info we got, we were invited to go through the brewery and see the production of the beer as it happened.

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That was a great learning experience for us, along with the tasty part!

Check this cute detail.

Over the boilers, such labels are providing interesting facts for what happens with the beer ingredients before and after the making.

For example, you may not know that the remains of the malt are fed to cows and are excellent and nutritional food for them.

This is what we like in our trips.

We want to learn something new every single time.

Three days flew away, and we had to catch the ferry back to Athens.

These couple of days were an eye-opening experience for us. Many think that some or all of the Greek islands have just “the beaches” to offer.

That is far from the truth.

Each Greek island is offered for exploration.

Each has lots of experiences and knowledge to transfer to the seeking traveler.

Have fun, and don’t forget to share this article for the best things to do in Tinos Greece, with your friends.

FAQs for Tinos Greece

  1. How do you get to Tinos Greece?

    You can get the ferries from either the ports of Piraeus or Rafina. The ferry takes 5 hours to get to Tinos, while it is only 3 hours from Rafina port. Tinos is an island in Cyclades, so it connects directly with Andros, Mykonos, Syros and many more.

  2. Is there an airport on Tinos Greece?

    No there is not. You need to go to Athens and get the ferry. In case you plan for Mykonos first, then you can have fun on Mykonos and take the ferry from there.

  3. What the word “Tinos” means?

    In ancient times Tinos was also known as “Ophiussa”. The word deprives from “Ophis” whicn in Greek means Snake. It was also known as “Hydroessa”. That word deprives from the word “Hydor”, whicn translates to Water.

  4. How many days to spent in Tinos, Greece?

    Three days is great, so to explore the villages too. However, Tinos is a very good vacations destination and you can spent 5 or more days there.

  5. Can I get from Santorini to Tinos?

    Yes you can. There is a highspeed ferry that takes around 3 hours to get you to Tinos. You can also choose the non-highspeed ferry that takes 5 hours.

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