Sights-Beaches in Tinos
A walk in the Chora of Tinos will give you the opportunity to see from up-close the major sights. Do not miss a visit to:
The Church of Panagia Evangelistria, which was inaugurated in 1823 and built on the site where the icon of the Annunciation to the blessed Virgin Mary was found after the vision of Saint Pelagia. It is a brilliant complex, built from white Tinian kai Parian marble. It is the first architectural monument of the liberated Greek nation. It is worth seeing the exhibition of icons and relics, which includes old icons of the temples of Tinos and the Sacristy with ecclesiastical gold embroidery and silverware works.
The monument of “Ellis” of the Greek cruiser torpedoed by Italian submarineoff the port of Tinos in August 1940. Next to the temple of Evreseos, on the groundfloor of the temple of Virgin Mary lies the mausoleum of the victims from the sinking of the cruiser.
The Gallery, which comprises important works of Greek and foreign painters.
The “Small Park” with the busts of great Tinian artists.
The church of Agios Nikolaos of the Catholics.
The church of the Dormition of the Mother of God.
Crini, since the time of the first king of Greece Otto (19th century).
The building of Cultural Foundation of Tinos which includes exhibition of works of art of the top Greek sculptor Yiannoulis Chalepas.
The area of Pallada near the port.
The church of Holly Cross where you can see relics from jetty (1816).
The relics of the wall of the ancient city.
The war memorials (1912) with a perfect view of the port.
The Archaeological Museum with findings of the sanctuaries of Dimitra and Poseidon (7th century B.C.) and Amphitrite (Hellenistic Period).
The Museum of Tinian Artists.
It is the longest beach and one of the most beautiful of the island. It is located just a few minutes from Chora on foot and it brings together whatever a beach may have. In some parts there is only sand, in others pebbles or both, while pines and tamarisks offer their shade along the beach. Restaurants, cafes , rental rooms, umbrellas and sunbeds as well as beach bars with water sports satisfy all tastes. The campsite and the helipad of the island are here. AgiosFokas is ideal for swimming, jogging but also for a walk to the ancient rock of Vryokastro with a view of Dilos.
Within a short distance west of Chora lies the old harbour of Stavros. This picturesque small beach with the ruins of the past is ideal mostly for an afternoon swim, since the sunset from here is amazing. The homonymous chapel and the ouzo bars with the fresh octopuses and other seafood complement the successful choice.
Next to Stavros lies Agios Markos. The chapel on the rock hides the small beach beneath it. The pebbles and the crystal waters attract those who prefer the not so warm sea. When the North wind blows, Agios Markos becomes shelter and ideal solution for the bathers.
Exactly after Agios Markos we come across Kionia with Tsampia in their beginning, which owe their name to the homonymous historic river Sampia which flows into here. The long beach with pebbles and pines stretches in front of the archaeological site of Kionia with the temple of Poseidon and “watches” Syros. Numerous taverns and rental rooms satisfy all visitors. After Kionia there are successive seashores, the most beautiful of which being the last one of Platia Ammos or Germanos, as the locals call it.
Few kilometers east of Chora there is a line of sandy beaches, with a view of Mykonos, the first of which is that of AgiosSostis. The beautiful church which dates back to the 19th century prevails over the rock. This sheltered shallow beach with a jetty ideal for diving attracts families to lonely tourists.
This beach along with that of Agia Kyriaki is ideal, since it combines clean sea with nice sandy beach suitable not only for sunbathing, but also for sports. Cafeterias and taverns complement the choice of the visitors.
Agios Ioannis – Porto
Eastern most of the beach of Agia Kyriaki we come across the bay of Agios Ioannis Porto, which was formerly the harbour of Tinos. It is one of the most popular and crowded beaches of the island in the homonymous developed housing estate.The beautiful sandy beach, the shallow sea, the shady trees and the picturesque chapel on the edge of the beach make it an ideal destination.
The name of the beach alone (thick sand) predisposes the visitors for what they will see. Blue-green waters match the thick golden sandy beach and the sand hill which reminds of desert. Apart from the enjoyable swimming, the location is available for games with the sand and other sports.
On the way to Triantarou-Dyo Chorion we come across the junction towards the beach of Lychnaftia. It is a special beach with sand, pebbles and luxuriant vegetation. The rocks on its edge offer shade and form natural cavities. The green waters are always cool and Mykonos is in sight within a short distance.
After the village Potamia we go downhill to Santa Margarita. It is a quiet sandy beach which owes her name to the homonymous Catholic chapel of the area. The fact that it does not gather a lot of people renders it the first choice to those who are lonely and love peacefulness.
It is a special beach where someone can go continuing on the road Stenis-Myrsinis. The natural scenery charms every visito, since except for the river that flows into here and the ponds that are formed, the immense rocks have taken every imaginary shape from the wind and the waves. The beach being ideal with apnea has pebbles that stretch into the sea which deepens abruptly. In fact, like in Kolympithra, whenever the north wind blows the waves heave furiously and remind of exotic images. The area is perfect for exploration, since the tourist can walk along the river and the oak trees, takes pictures and reach the tavern.
In Komi we come across the crossroads towards Kolympithra. After an enjoyable journey through the meadow of Tinos we reach the beaches of Kolympithra. It is a marine natural basin, with Drakonisi prevailing in the middle of the bay. The place has been characterized as biotope, because many rare species of birds pass from here. The smallest beach is the most popular. Windless, deepening abruptly, ideal for sports on the sand, with sunbeds and umbrellas, constitutes a favourite destination for all kinds of tourists. The fish taverns by the sea and those above the beach offer hospitality to the bathers. In this place, there are the old campgrounds of Oursolinon, today’s Leonteia.
It is located to the north part of the island with a small developing housing estate and unobstructed view of the open sea and Syros. It is a long beach with sand and shady trees. On the edge of it there is a little harbour with the homonymous chapel. A tavern hosts the visitors. To the west of AgiosRomanos there is the exquisite secluded beach of Apigania with the blue-green waters.In order for someone to reach it, they should walk down an old path, while it would be a good idea for them to have been equipped with water or an umbrella.
It constitutes the first of the three beaches of the village Kardiani (along with Kalyvia and Yiannaki moorage). In the middle there is the homonymous Catholic chapel (built in the 16th century) on the rock which divides the seashore into two parts. On 30/09/1944 the German landing ships were hit here. One can enjoy the quiet that this place offers, the crystal waters and the thin white sand.
It is located right below the impressive village Kardiani, which is literally perched on the mountain, with which it is connected not only via the paved road but also the old traditional path. It is about a family beach with pebbles and sand. The housing estate here is under development and has taverns. To the east of the Yiannaki moorage there is Kalyvia, a quiet and peaceful cove with sandy beach and tamarisks which offer shade.
It is the haven of the homonymous village and it was the old harbour of Tinos. It is a housing estate with a lot of houses, a coffeehouse and taverns by the sea. Next to the moorage there is the Schoinaki beach with thick sand and very few tamarisks which offer shade. This windless seashore with the north wind constitutes the ideal choice.
To the northwest part of the island there is a picturesque cove with very few houses, which was recently discovered from many people and it was loved immediately. This is due to the new road that was opened with the village Marlas being its starting point. This romantic landscape with a view of Andros is appropriate for an idyllic walk on the white pebbles and swimming in the clear green waters.
It is the old port of Tinos, the haven of Pyrgos, with the small island of Planitis dominating in the middle of it. Here around the port there are various beautiful beaches. The one which is inside the moorage with a pond with ducks, turtles and other animals attracts visitors not only because of this special feature but also because it is located inside the housing estate with the white houses, the fish taverns and the boats rocking on the still waters. To the left of Panormos there is a line of beautiful beaches, the most beautiful of which being this is of “Agia Thalassa”. With its lovely sandy beach it constitutes the ideal destination when the north wind blows, from which it is sheltered. To the right of Panormos and within a distance of 1 km we come across “Rochari” beach. It is a big moorage with clean sand, blue waters and tamarisks which offer shade. A beach bar and an outdoor shower stall are there for the bathers.