The church of Panagia Evagelistria in Tinos

Tinos

Cyclades, Greece

Tinos is the island of tradition, winds and the art of marble. Holidays in Tinos are an unforgettable experience, as it is one of the most exciting islands. Here you will find travel information about its beaches, sights, villages and food. Compare itineraries and book ferry tickets to Tinos on Ferryhopper, at no extra cost!

Vacation in Tinos

Tinos is a beautiful island in the Northern Cyclades, between Andros and Mykonos. If you are looking for relaxing holidays with beautiful landscapes in the background, then it is the ideal destination for you. Famous mainly for the Holy Temple of the Virgin Mary and its pilgrimage, Tinos stands out for its cultural and historical wealth, traditions, picturesque villages and impressive landscapes. The island is mostly preferred by families and travelers who seek luxury holidays, but recently, it has become a trend destination for younger visitors as well. 

White chapel in a village of Tinos

Traditional white church in Tinos

How to get to Tinos

Tinos is connected to all 3 ports of Athens (Piraeus, Rafina, Lavrion) with many and frequent ferry routes, all year long. However, if you are already on a Cycladic island, you can also find regular crossings to Tinos to “hop” easily. Find more details on how to reach Tinos by ferry in the section below!

What to do in Tinos

The island is known for its rich history and long tradition. Marble crafting and sculpture was Tinos trademark with Giannis Halepas as its most important representative. In Tinos villages, you will have the opportunity to admire statues and other impressive creations of local artists. Moreover, the island offers many options for food and activities and in the summer, it hosts cultural festivals and events. Τhe beaches of the island are truly stunning, while on the beach of Kolymbithra operates one of the first surf schools that opened in Greece!

Beaches in Tinos

Tinos is an island with numerous, beautiful beaches that enchant visitors with their crystal-clear waters and golden sand. Many of them are more popular and cosmopolitan, with amenities such as umbrellas and sunbeds, tavernas and beach bars. There are also some smaller and relatively unknown beaches for travelers who seek relaxing and quiet moments by the sea. Some of our favorite and best beaches in Tinos are:

  • Agios Petros: There are 2 beaches that are separated by a huge rock with the Agios Petros chapel on top of it. The trademark of the beach is the wrecked ship near the shore. There are no amenities, so be sure to have all essentials with you.
  • Agios Romanos: This is an idyllic, large beach with sand, emerald waters, trees with shade and a beautiful view of Syros.
  • Agios Fokas: It is the largest beach in Tinos and is located near Chora, across Delos. It has fine sand and small pebbles, trees and amenities like umbrellas, beach bars and tavernas
  • Kolymbithra: It is considered one of the most popular beaches of the island. Actually, it is 2 sandy beaches with turquoise waters. One has umbrellas, sunbeds and a bar while the other is more secluded. Kolymbithra is also ideal for water sports and surfing. 
  • Kalivia: An exotic beach that is ideal for families with children due to its shallow, clear waters, sand and amenities. 
  • Kionia: It is located near Chora and is a cosmopolitan beach with umbrellas, sun lounges, cafés and tavernas.
  • Laouti: Water sports lovers choose this large beach for its amazing waters. There are some restaurants and cafés in the nearby area.
  • Livada: It’s a secluded beach of wild beauty, with dark sand and deep, blue waters. Its trademark is the impressive rock formations reminiscent of sculptures! It is accessible by dirt road and can be exposed to strong winds.
  • Pachia Ammos: A quiet and pristine beach with beautiful scenery. The golden dunes and the clear blue waters compose an impressive setting.

Beach in Tinos

Crystal sea in Tinos with calm waters

Sightseeing and activities in Tinos

Tinos has a rich history and many traditions that are worth discovering. The most famous monument is, of course, the church of Evangelistria or Panagia of Tinos, with thousands of people visiting the island for pilgrimage every year and especially during the Great Feasts on March 25 (the Annunciation) and August 15 (the Dormition of Virgin Mary). The most famous sights of Tinos are:

  • Tinos Archaeological Museum
  • Museum Giannoulis Halepa
  • Cultural Foundation of Tinos Island
  • Museum of Tinian Artists
  • Museum of Panagia Evangelistria
  • Dovecotes
  • Oursoulines
  • Museum of Marble Crafts
  • Museum Costas Tsoclis
  • Kionia archaeological site
  • Exomvourgo mountain peak

Nightlife in Tinos

Nightlife in Tinos can be described as generally calm. Mostly, there are several “kafeneia” and tavernas that most visitors prefer for their night out, due to the nice food, the laid-back character and the live music. In addition, in Chora there are lounge bars where you can have your drink or cocktail, cigar bars and wine tasting places. 

dovecotes in Tinos

The traditional dovecotes of Tinos

Food in Tinos

It is certain that the Cycladic gastronomy of Tinos will amaze you! The island has many tavernas, restaurants and “kafeneia”, where you will have the opportunity to try exquisite flavors and traditional products. We suggest the following local delicacies of Tinos:

  • artichokes 
  • dairy products like kopanisti, graviera, anthotiro
  • louza (local ham)
  • tsimbita (sweets with cheese)
  • local wine and beer
  • traditional macaroons
  • spoon sweets

Villages in Tinos

Chora of Tinos is the commercial center of the island and is only a 5-minute drive or a 15-minute walk from the port. Apart from Chora, Tinos has some lovely and graphic villages that are worth discovering. There, you can drink your coffee or ouzaki at the local “kafeneia” and enjoy relaxing moments. The most known villages of Tinos are: 

  • Agapi
  • Agia Varvara
  • Aetofolia
  • Volax
  • Dyo Choria
  • Kalloni
  • Kardiani
  • Kionia
  • Panormos
  • Steni

tinos taverna

Traditional taverna by the sea in Tinos

Useful information for Tinos

Tinos is one of the largest islands of the Cyclades and has significant tourist development and services. In Chora, you will find all basic necessities for your holidays such as supermarkets, stores, pharmacies and ATMs. There are also mini markets and gas stations all throughout the island. The Tinos Health Center is located near the center of Chora, very close to the port.

Regarding accommodation, there is a wide variety of rooms and hotels on the island. Depending on your budget, you can find luxury options or affordable ones. Be sure to book your accommodation early in advance, as the island is very popular and busy during the summer. 

Important phone numbers for your stay in Tinos

Some useful contacts for your vacation in Tinos are:

  • Tinos Port Authority: +302283022220
  • Tinos Health Center: +302283360000
  • Tinos citizen services (KEP): +302283360301 
  • Tinos intercity buses (KTEL): +302283022440
  • Tourist police: +302283023670

Transportation in Tinos

Consider bringing your own vehicle or rent one to explore every corner of Tinos! There is a good road network that connects most of the villages, the beaches and the sights of the island. There are also taxis and KTEL buses that serve the port, the town center and the villages throughout the year.

Ports in Tinos

The main port of Tinos is located in Chora, on the south part of the island. Near the port there are many stores, cafes, restaurants and banks, as well as the bus station. Parking spaces and car rentals are also in the nearby area. Keep in mind that the port can be crowded especially in the summer, as many ferries depart and arrive at the same time.

Island hopping from Tinos

Tinos is located in North Cyclades and is an ideal destination for island hopping, as it’s connected to many other islands of the Aegean, with many and regular ferry crossings. Take a ferry from Tinos and travel directly to:

  • Andros
  • Mykonos
  • Paros
  • Syros
  • Santorini
  • Naxos
  • Ios
  • Kythnos
  • Kea
  • Ikaria
  • Samos

On the Ferryhopper Map of Ferries, you can find all available ferry routes between Tinos and other Greek destinations. Plan your next summer holidays easily and quickly!

sea view of Tinos

Arriving at the port of Tinos

Tinos ferry: schedules and tickets

The island of Tinos is mainly connected to Athens, via the ports of Piraeus and Rafina. Occasionally, there are crossings from the port of Lavrion as well. Specifically:

  • Rafina - Tinos: It is the fastest itinerary for Tinos from the mainland. The route Rafina to Tinos runs many times per day and the journey lasts from 2 to 4 hours.
  • Piraeus - Tinos: There is at least 1 daily sailing from the port of Piraeus to Tinos. The duration of the trip is approximately 4.5 hours.
  • Lavrion - Tinos: This crossing is usually operated in the summer, where the demand is increased. You can find 1 scheduled departure per week and the ferry ride is around 4 hours.

Note: Most vessels carry vehicles in their garage spaces. We suggest that you bring your own car or motorcycle to Tinos to further explore the island!

Where to book ferry tickets online to Tinos

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Tinos has direct ferry connections with 40 ports:

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