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Description

Among Andros and Mykonos we find the Holy island of Tinos, the island which Panagia (Virgin Mary) has made known to the whole Orthodox world.

Tinos, in its entirety, with its particular character and its natural beauty, remains unknown, waiting to be discovered by the traveller who will experience the beautiful streets of the city, the masterpieces of art that embelish the whole island, its white villages, its majestic beaches and paths, where chapels and monasteries give their place to windmills and pigeon houses, with views towards the immense light blue Aegean Sea.

With an extent of 197 square kilometres and 8000 residents, Tinos is the third in size, island of the Cyclades, after Naxos and Andros.

The island is mainly mountainous, though it does not have high mountains (the highest top is Tsiknias, 726m). It has few and small cultivable valleys.

Capital and harbour of the island is Hora of Tinos, a beautiful town where cobbled streets, Cycladic architecture hoses and old mansions are still maintained.

Tinos is an entire museum: beautiful intact villages with arches and springs, houses with stone arches and bloomed courtyards, picturesque cafés, chapels on the tops of hills and of course the granite rock of Xompourgo.Villages of Tinos are scattered throughout the entire island.

It has sixty four traditional villages, forty of which are in complete function, in relatively near distances from each other and thus one can discover them by walking and crossing preserved paths of unique beauty.

The island is a place of adoration, equivalent with famous Virgin Mary of Lourdis in France, for the Greeks who are by far the biggest number of its visitors.

Tinos is also an island of artists since a big number of Greek painters and sculptors of the 19th and 20th century was from Tinos, such as Chalepas, Filippotis, Sochos, Gyzis, Lytras.

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