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“……………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 […]
Artistic Tradition of Pyrgos Pyrgos is considered to be a big outdoor museum of marble art. The nearest marble quarry is located only 3 km away from the village and the farthest one at 10 km. The social and historical circumstances transformed Pyrgos into one of the most important hubs of Marble art in Greece. During the 18th century groups of sculptors created their art work not only in Greece, but also at the Turkish side of the Aegean , around the Black Sea, in Russia and Egypt as well. From these artistic families, which maintained workshops in Pyrgos arose the most prominent sculptors of Greece, such as Chalepas, Koulouris, Gaitis ,Boulgaris and so many others. The painters Nikiforos Litras, Giannis Gaitis, Nikos Gaitis., are also natives of Pyrgos. Even today at the School of Fine Arts in Pyrgos, students are taught stone and marble chiselling and carving. After the conclusion of their studies these artisans are mainly occupied in the restoration of monuments under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture. The marble Art has its obvious influence on the houses of Pyrgos which are full of samples of this fine art. What really differentiates Tinos from other […]
In the area of Panormos there is a remarkable network of old rural paths used by elderly people on their way to their farms that function as a link the existing settlements. These trails now form an interesting network of hiking paths taking visitors through incomparable Tinian landscape to interesting places (villages, monasteries, beaches, old mills).
Agios Ioannis Porto, Agios Sostis, Agios Romanos and Kionia are just few of the beautiful and calm beaches in Tinos, located on the southern side of the island. Generally Tinos beaches on the south are more popular and organized with hotels, seaside taverns and cafeterias. Tinos beaches on the north are secluded and more affected by the wind. You will find below a list with the best beaches in Tinos island: Rohari Is a wide bay at the outlet of the stream from Plateia with a beautiful sandy beach, with trees providing shade and overlooking the islet Planet. The sand extends for some distance into the ravine. The beach has facilities for bathers (cafeteria, showers, sports, etc.). Kavalourko Untrodden leeward Sandy beach next to the island Planet opposite the settlement of Panormos. Agia Thalassa Very beautiful sheltered sandy beach with trees and blue waters, opposite the village of Panormos. Stafida (Panormos beach) The beach itself is the culminating point of wetland Panormos where one can admire the varied fauna (sea turtles, ducks, geese, herons and many other species). On the beach there are plenty of trees, offering pleasant shade. Isternia: Isternia beach is located 13 km northwest of Tinos town. […]
Maybe the best period for visiting the island. The lush scenery and mild weather combined with the unique atmosphere of devotion as well as the vibrant traditions, create the ultimate Easter destination.
Many cultural events take place in Tinos during the summer, Such as theatrical and musical performances, Artistic events, concerts,Art exhibitions, sports activities,But also cultural routes with inland hikes on the island. At the end of each event, guests have the opportunity to enjoy local sweets and raki. Tinos is also active in many cultural clubs. Easter Maybe the best period for visiting the island. The lush scenery and mild weather combined with the unique atmosphere of devotion as well as the vibrant traditions, create the ultimate Easter destination. Klidonas he custom of Klidonas revived the feast of St. John the Fotaras (June 24) at Ysternia. Agia Pelagia The vision of Agia Pelagia, which was the pretext for the discovery of the Holy Icon of Virgin Mary (Panagia), is celebrated annually, on 23 July. August 15th August 15th is associated with the island, even for those who have not ever visited it. Indeed, it is the day with the greatest symbolism and also the biggest celebration on the island. The Church of Annunciation (Panagia Evaggelistiria) is one of the most important religious centers of Orthodoxy worldwide and the most frequent pilgrimage destination within Greece. The island of Tinos is inextricably linked […]
Located in the northern side of the Cyclades, Tinos island is ideal for relaxing family holidays. The beaches are calm and sandy, surrounded by many tourist facilities and accommodation. The most traditional villages are located in the inland and they are famous for the picturesque architecture. Pyrgos is the most characteristic village of Tinos Greece, with a long tradition in marble carving. Apart from a calm holiday place, the island is special for the Greeks as it hosts the Church of Panagia (Virgin), considered the protector of the country, with a miraculous icon inside. This church receives thousands of pilgrims all year round, particularly on the 15th of August, on the occasion of the Dormition of the Virgin.
The Tinian cuisine has a tradition and history. Taste and quality are the two characteristics. Fresh fish, the famous Tinian veal and local agricultural products are the basis of Tinian kitchen. The island is now one culinary challenge that urges you to accept it. The options are endless: in Chora, in picturesque fishing villages, in traditional villages and modern organized beaches you can enjoy sophisticated food at an affordable price for all budgets. You can choose between local dishes and contemporary cooking, tasty appetizers and Italian cuisine, fresh fish and Tinian omelette with sausages, light appetizers for raki and more sophisticated dishes. All you have to do is choose the environment and type of cuisine.
THE HOUSE – MUSEUM GIANNOULI CHALEPA The house where the great sculptor Giannoulis Halepas (1851-1938), lived is located at the entrance of the village of Pyrgos, along with the “Brotherhood of Tinians in Athens’ historic monument (1968)which was afterwards restored and enriched with works and mementos of the artist’s life, donated by his niece Irene B. Chalepas and others, while the Tinian Holy Annunciation Foundation donated to the museum later on plaster copies of his works, whose originals are kept in the museum of the Institute. The Tinian Artists Museum The Tinian Artists Museum of Pyrgos, is located in Pyrgos – Tinos alongside the Museum Chalepas. The building previously housed the”Intelligentia Centre ” of Pyrgos. The first systematic record of the exhibits, was presented by architect Machi Karali, while the opening of the museum took place in August 1976. It has the peculiarity of exhibiting, works by important artists(of Dim Philipotis, G. Vitali, John. Chalepas of Laz. Sochos) in the form of plaster models before the final artwork in marble. THE MUSEUM OF MARBLE-ARTS Founded and operated by the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation. The official inauguration took place on 31.5.2008 by the President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias. It […]
It is true that if you do not get separated from your car for a bit, you will probably, experience only a bit of Tinos and certainly enough, you will miss some of the most charming pictures of the island. Walking in the dry summer, or the lush (yet!) winter Tinos, villages, stone walls, mills, pigeon houses, churches, cobbled streets will form the basic references. Find out your own! The program “Alternative Forms of Tourism – Promotion of Cultural Interest Itineraries” restored and marked trails in areas of great cultural interest The ten official journeys included in the program are: 1. Falatados – [Myrsini] – Maganari – Plati – Coast of Livada. 2. Xinara – Xobourgo – Koumaros – Skalados – Krokos -Loutra- Perastra – Smardakito – Tarambados – – Kambos. 3. Monastery Kechrovouni – Mountados – Sperados – Tripotamos – Xobourgo. 4. Kionia – [Hatzirados] – Ktikados – Smourdia – Vari – Poles – Chora. 5. Falatados (Kathlikados) – Volax – Griza – Sklavochorio – Agapi. 6. Steni – Potamia – Maroulis – Lychnaftia. 7. Myrsini – Prophet Elias – Top of Tsiknias. 8. Dyo Choria – Mandalou – Phaneromene – Kunares – [Ag Varvara] – Agios Sostis. 9. […]
Marlas Leaving Pyrgos and moving NW to the main road of the island at about 5 km appears the village of Marla. This traditional village, very well cared of with marble paths, for the most part, parallel to the main road. It has small, perpendicular trails with steps and small courtyards. The traditional character is evident in the architectural traditional elements. The village disposes of water supply and sanitation. It has several dilapidated houses but many of them are in very good condition. Most buildings have remarkable structural or architectural features. Very close there is the monastery of Saint Xeni there is an archaeological site with the Byzantine church of Saint Thekla. Of particular interest are the school building (1929) which houses a cultural centre, and the Church of Saints Anargyri (pre-1900), with its temple and shrine (1911-1916). The village has a guesthouse and a cafe. This settlement has a great view and is well cared for by the residents. The Cultural Association is among the most remarkable ones of the island for events and initiatives that promote, culture, through tradition and art. The club has a traditional café in the village square where you can enjoy a coffee or […]