Wonderfull island style traditional big house of 100 sqm! 2 big double bedrooms 1 big living room connected to the kitchen , 1 big bathroom and 1extra WC , garden barbeque, big verandas with unlimited view directly to the Aegean sea, facing Dilos and Mykonos The flat is very close to .the famous beach of ''Pachia Ammos"
Tinos is known as the Holy Island. Most people who travel to Greece actually stop here on the way to Mykonos by ferry though few get off.Tinos has tourist shops selling t-shirts, postcards, jewelry and cheap religious art. (Not to mention candles, icons, incense, paintings of Jesus, The Virgin Mary, etc.) People come to Tinos to eat and drink and ask forgiveness for their sins or for help from the Virgin Mary. On Tinos they crawl on their hands and knees from the port up the street and up the steps of the Sacred Church of the Evangelists to kiss the miracle icon. Tinos has beautiful beaches where nobody swims because they are there to bathe in the glory of God.
The 'Omelet Island' since you can find delicious omelets with sausages, tomato and artichokes in just about any restaurant. or the 'Island of Artichokes' or even 'The Catholic Island' since it has the largest community of Catholics in Greece. It is also known for its many mountain villages, some of the most beautiful examples of Cycladic architecture in Greece, some inhabited completely by Catholics, some by Orthodox and some mixed.
But the fact is that Tinos is the Holiest island in Greece and the vast majority of tourists are Greek Orthodox pilgrims coming to see the Church of ''Panagia''. Once the pilgrim has made it to the top and washed with Holy Water and kissed the Holy Icon , the journey back down is like a visit to shopping heaven with dozens of stores selling everything anyone would need to remind that they love God, or at least that have visited Tinos.
If you are not the type who really likes hanging out all day on the beach what is there to do in Tinos? Get in your car or hit the walking trails and explore. What really makes Tinos special are the many villages scattered around the island, each one different and all of them connected by excellent roads and a system of walking paths which follow the kalderimia, the stone roads that the islanders have been using for centuries. These villages are considered to be the model of the Cycladic architecture contain picturesque arches, streets paved with flagstones and yards full of blooming flowers, churches both small and large, 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.
As in other Cyclades islands you will notice the stone terracing which is pretty much everywhere keeping the topsoil in place and turning steep hillsides that might otherwise be barren into farms and orchards that can last a thousand years. As far as vegetation goes Tinos is one of the more green islands with fertile valleys with ample water able to sustain the whole island were it necessary. But more than anything Tinos has stone: marble, granite and slate, and just about everything is built out of these rocks, from walls to streets to monuments and art. No wonder Tinos is known for its sculpture artists, and the father of Phideas, acknowledged as the greatest sculptor of all time whose most well known work was the Parthenon, came from Tinos.
North of Agios Ioannis Porto are several beaches you can reach by car including Pacheia Ammos, just one kilometer away known for its beautiful sand and dunes and the unspoiled beach at Lihnaftia. Going the other way towards Tinos Town is the long sandy beach of Agios Fokas, which begins in Chora and continues to the ancient walls at Vriokastro, has some cafes, tavernas and the Akrotiri Surf Club for windsurfing.
So if you are visiting Tinos and you want to make the most of your beach time what should you do? If you have a car stay in Agios Ioannis Porto, use it as your base and explore the other beaches of the island each day like we did. Even if you waste an afternoon on a beach you don't really like you will always have Agios Sostis to come back to for the last swim of the day. If you don't have a car stay here anyway. There is bus service and these are the best beaches with the least number of people but not so few that you will feel like you are stranded alone on a desert island.Our house provides you within walking distance of at least three really nice beaches. I mean how many beaches do you really need, right?
Ferries no longer arrive in the main harbor with the exception of the small Seajet which darts in and out on its way to Rafina or the other Cyclades islands. A new ferry port has been built just to the left with a parking for a thousand cars in an effort to limit traffic through the town. A ring road has been built which also helps. Tinos has more ferries per day than any other island. Most if not all the boats to Mykonos stop here and more people than you would imagine get on and off.
Restaurants that once were small family run establishments that prided themselves on their food and service now pride themselves on their speed and their ability to feed the customers,but you are here and you can battle with a plate of souvlakia. At the opposite end of the port from the ferries, away from the crowd are a series of small fish tavernas and mezedopolia where the locals and those who know and still love Tinos eat when they come to town. You can have a quiet authentic dinner or an ouzo and meze before venturing into the center of town to have an ice-cream and watch people, a popular pastime on the waterfront of Tinos.
There are two primary streets that lead up to the Church of Evagelistria which is every Orthodox pilgrim's primary destination whether by car, on foot or on their hands and knees. Crawlers and cars go up the wide avenue of Leoforos Megalocharis during the day when the waterfront roads are open. In the evening it becomes a pedestrian street. The narrow carpet on the right is for people to crawl. During a non-holiday period there will be several people a day doing crawling. Big holidays like the 15th of August there will be hundreds. Those walking may want to stop at the Archaeological Museum which is about two thirds of the way up on your left. When you reach the Church, called The Sacred Institution of the Evagelistria, see the famous Holy Icon, wash your hands in Holy Water and then check out the Tinian Artist Museum and the Mausoleum of the Elli, the Greek ship which was torpedoed in the harbor by the Italians, Greece's first casualties of the Second World War
Evagelistrias Street which runs parallel is the main shopping street with mostly religious items, gifts. Fast food restaurants dominate the bottom of Evagelistrias with an occasional shop selling traditional sweets like loukoumia from Syros or the Tinos variety made with masticha and almonds. If you step into one of the small side streets this is where the fun begins and you can find small cafes, restaurants, galleries and interesting shops. You will also find many of the businesses that cater to the local people and in a way it is like visiting a whole other village, more traditional than the religious commercialism of the primary shopping streets. For those who want to get out of town the KTEL buses can get you just about anywhere on the island. The station is on Trion Ierarchon which is the third major street that leads up from the port. The taxi stand is also there.
For those staying in Tinos who,maybe have a tiropita to somewhere more pleasant like Agios Ioannis Porto which is quiet, has beautiful beaches and tavernas and is close enough to town so you can come in one night for dinner or nightlife. For those going to Porto by car Zanaki Alavanou is the road to take and you just have to follow the signs. If you are not like me and need the city life I don't want to leave you with the impression that Hora is like Mount Athos on steroids. There are plenty of people here who don't wake up everyday thinking about God or the Virgin Mary. There are clubs and bars and ouzeries in the neighborhood just above the new ferry port where you can go and drink and listen to music and make friends with young Greeks and foreigners. There are also small tavernas and cafes in the back streets of the town. Like any other island often it is the small places in the low and secret areas that have the best food and atmosphere.