Must-See Attractions in Tinos, Greece
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Tinos is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. The island of Tinos has it all: nature, authentic villages, heritage, and delicious culinary traditions. Tinos is well-known for being a religious destination along with its gorgeous beaches and enchanting landscape.
There is no airport on the island, the closest one is in Mykonos and from there you can take a 30 minute ferry ride to the island of Tinos. Ferries to Tinos can be found at the ports of Rafina and Piraeus.
When visiting Tinos, there are a number of attractions you should be sure to visit.
The Dovecotes of Tinos
The Dovecotes of Tinos is a group of monuments that are found in the hinterland of the island. They are stone buildings that have two floors. The upper floors were used as dwellings of the doves and the lower as storage. These dovecotes are mostly found on the mountain slopes, which helped to facilitate the takeoffs and landings of doves. It is estimated there are more than 600 dovecotes that are decorated with geometric patterns, which are believed to be why doves are attracted to them. The oldest dovecotes are thought be from the 18th and 19th century. You will find many of the dovecotes near Krokos Village, Komi, Kardiani Village, and Tatbados Valley.
Tinian Artists Museum
Founded in 1930, the Tinian Artists is located next to the church of Panagia Evangelistria. The museum showcases work of the island’s celebrated artists. Many of these artists studied thanks to financial aid provided by the Holy Foundation of Evangelistria. Much of the artwork was donated by the artists as thanks for the scholarships. Aside from the beautiful artwork that is showcased, there is a room that houses a small ecclesiastical collection and a library, which houses rare books. The museum also has two cafés as well as a snack bar in the courtyard. If you want a bigger meal, you will find a tavern not far.
Sanctuaries of Amphitrite and Poseidon
These sanctuaries were one of the most important places of worship in Ancient Greece. During the 5th century BC, the island of Tinos was the center of worship of Poseidon. The temple would be expanded during the 3rd century BC to worship Poseidon’s wife Amphitrite, the deity of feminine fertility. Today, you can see remnants of the foundation of both sanctuaries as well as relics of the bath and guesthouse.
Just a short distance from Chora, you will find the Tinos Brewery. This micro-brewery was founded in 2012 close to Vagia. Anyone with an interest in beer will enjoy taking a tour of this micro-brewery. Learn about the beer making process and sample the products as well! One of the beers made at the brewery is called Nisos, a non-pasteurized, free pilsner with a rich flavor.
Attractions around the island of Tinos are definitely varied. Whatever you are in the mood for during your visit, you are sure to find and enjoy.
This post was written by Greek Boston