Tinos is the Holiest island in Greece and the vast majority of tourists are Greek Orthodox pilgrims coming to see the Church of the Evagelistria and the miracle working icon of the Virgin Mary (Panagia).
To our eyes, the holiness of Tinos does not begin and end with the Hora (Tinos town) and its adored Church.
Tinos is famous for its villages which are considered to be the model of the Cycladic architecture featuring picturesque arches, streets paved with flagstones and yards full of blooming flowers, small and large churches and fountains of clear running water from underground springs. Most of these villages have been declared traditional and are protected by the Greek Ministry of Culture.
The rural areas of Tinos have managed to stay almost unaffected by external influences until today. Visitors are given the opportunity to walk through cobbled roads and paths, enjoying the rocky surroundings of the Tinian hinterland, lined with dry stone walls, made by brilliant builders, who managed to make them merge with the environment.
They will also have the chance to marvel up close the remote dove-cotes, “embroidered” with unique expertise by stone-carvers, as well as the country cottages and chapels with the artistic bell-towers and the green ravines that embellish the peaceful scenery.