Thanks to its central position in the Cyclades, excellent ferry connection, artistic nature, authentic identity, well-preserved medieval settlements, Tinos challenges you to explore it, sparingly revealing its secrets. It has no friends, just lovers.

Why Tinos

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Tinos, centrally placed in the most sought-after throughout Europe group of islands of Cyclades, has the best ferry connection with the two ports of Attica, Piraeus and Rafina – and it lies just 15 minutes from Athens Airport. It is protected against the investment and residential attack many islands faced in the 70's and 80's it has plenty of villages, real gems. With diversity of scenery and excellent architectural tradition, it turned out to be one of the fastest growing real estate markets in the Cyclades and Europe.

Tinos is an ideal place for vacation and permanent residence all year round because of its mild climate, sunny weather, excellent beaches, and its balanced tourist development. At the same time, it is a "living" island all year round thanks to the size of its permanent population (about 10,000) and it perfectly maintains its interesting tradition with the famous festivals in the chapels, its special kitchen and its very hospitable inhabitants.

An affordable island with unique growth prospects.


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Tinos is the third largest island of the Cyclades (194.26 sq. km). It is a province of the Prefecture of the Cyclades and its capital is Tinos or Chora. The island comprises two Municipalities (Tinos and Exombourgo) and one Community (Panormos).

In antiquity the island was called "Ofioussa" and "Idroussa” which mean abundance in snakes and water correspondingly. The word “Tinos” is of Phoenician origin. The island flourished during the middle Cycladic period, according to the findings of archaeological excavations.

There is a written reference about Tinos by a historian during the Persian Wars. Tinos was conquered by the Persians in 480 BC. However, during the battle of Salamis the admiral Panaitios, who was from Tinos, defected and informed the Greek people about the intentions of the Persians. As a result, the name of Tinos was written, along with the names of other Greek cities, on the Tripod the Greeks dedicated to Delphi after their victory over the Persians. The history of Tinos continues; after the Persian Wars, Tinos became a member of the 1st and 2nd Athenian League.

Then the island declined and successively passed to the domination of the Macedonians and after of the Romans. Tinos economy flourished during the first Byzantine years. The island many times faced depredatory attacks by the Saracens. In 1207 AD the island passed to the Venetian domination, which lasted for more than 500 years. During that period, the capital of the island was in the castle of Santa Elena, on mount Exombourgo, almost in the centre of the island and far from the beaches so as the enemies could not approach it. In 1715 AD Tinos fell to the domination of Turks. The island was governed by local notables with a Turkish “Cadi” and an “Aga”. After the beginning of the Greek Revolution, the island played a leading role and it was one of the first islands to be liberated. In modern history, the island was connected with the finding of the icon of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary and thus it constitutes a pilgrimage site.

In the recent years, Tinos is going through a period of tourist development. The exceptional Cycladic landscape, the particular architecture and the numerous traditional settlements of the island have greatly contributed to that. Marble art has also a long-lasting tradition on the island, samples of which one can admire everywhere. The dovecotes that are scattered all around the island and the hundreds of chapels are famous and much photographed.

Tinos is daily connected with the ports of Pireaus and Rafina.

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