“……………a dolphin. Another one.
Lots of dolphins.Wind and tempest over the white sea.
Days and days,nights and nights.A cloud covered the sun.
The water ceased struggling, foaming, hushed, became still, smooth.
Suddenly the dolphins turned to stone, remained motionless.
Villages bathing in the sunlight on the gray mountain ridges.
Naked bodies and naked churchdomes stare at each other with unsheathed cruelty. naked domes stare at each other,unsheathed full of cruelty.
The sun stares at the sunflowers in the backyards and illuminates equally innocence and desperation”.
(From the book of Dr. Vasiliadis “Viewing the Aegean architecture under a restless angle”).
Light, stone, sea.
These three elements define the never-ending Aegean Sea.
Full of them all, the island of Tinos is floating on the Aegean Sea for thousands of years, with the same sun that melted the wings of Icarus, the wind that didn’t blow hard enough for Jason and the stone carved by Chalepas and Philippotis when they were children in an alley of Pyrgos.
Tinos resisted to contemporary way of life and its mainland remained untrodden for decades , thanks to the Madonna’s grace, which kept the pilgrims within the limits of the town, sothat the 49 villages of the island remained untouched, consisting an insuperable specimen of Cyclades architectural tradition, with as a crowning specimen, the village of Pirgos.
We therefore invite you to visit this unique northern corner of Tinos.
To walk on the stone alleys of Pirgos between traditional houses with well-crafted doors, lintels of marble and the all white yards with geraniums, begonias, roses and sunflowers.
Visit the Tinian Artists’ Museum as well as the Museum of Marble Crafts.
When you get tired you can enjoy a greek coffee and jam at the square of Pirgos under the impenetrable shadow of an aged plane tree.
Then set out with your camera following one of the numerous pathways across the cycladic landscape with the low stone walls and the remnants of old windmills.
Feel the human toil to subdue the land, let yourself be carried away by the fragrance of the wild flowers, the origanumand the thyme and when you reach Panormos swim in the bright blue waters of Rochari, Stafida or Agia Thalassa beaches
Afterwards you can taste the flavour of the timeless Greek aperitif Ouzo together with other traditional delicacies in one of the pictures que taverns of Panormos.
And if you stay till the night is starting to fall you will see the flashes of the lighthouse on the island of Planitis that accompanies the sailors and the dreamers on their trips.