Tinos Travel Guide
Warm welcome! It is officially the first post on the Peek Islands blog. I am really happy to present our first travel guide to Tinos – the island of Wind.
Places to Stay
Sail inn Studios & Apartments (Agios Romanos) – we stayed in one of their Studios with Sea View. This family owned property is situated on a hill and offers breathtaking views as well as a bbq and sun chairs on site. Great choice if you wish to rest from the hustle and bustle and catch the vacay wave lengths.
Myrtia Studios (Kionia) is another family owned property with spacious studios that have classic Greek decor and give you the warm feeling of home.
Next time I would try Aeolis Tinos Suites.
Places to Eat
Try all the ice cream flavours at Halaris in the Chora.
For seriously good breakfast head to Myrtia Bistro in the Chora and order blueberry pancakes. They come with greek cheese shavings and the flavour is to die for!
Take a whole afternoon to sip freddo cappuccinos and eat the orange syrup cake portokalopites at Kafenes Megalos. It is situated in picturesque village of Pyrgos and you will have the chance to see the locals relaxing, drinking ouzo and students from the nearby School of Marble Art and Craft chatting away until the sun sets.
Have midday cocktails at Dough and Shaker located also in Pyrgos. They serve fresh pasta and pizza.
Zucchini lovers – head to Karya Tavern and have their Kolokithokeftedes (greek zucchini fritters). Yum! This tavern is modest and simple but serving good traditional dishes. Since waiters speak mostly Greek some body language will be needed to express your menu choices!
For late breakfasts go to Mayou All day Bar in the tiny village of Ysternia. The view of the Aegean Sea is the perfect companion to a cup of Greek coffee.
Beaches to Enjoy
I found Kalivia, Agios Romanos and Kolimpithra beaches to be the best. Kolimpithra is a hipster beach with unusual mushroom-shaped umbrellas and sand bags instead of sun beds. If you like SUP surfing then it is also possible to rent surfing equipment and try out your surfing skills on the Aegean sea. Beware of the land breeze – it will be really easy to get out in the sea but double hard to return! Luckily the safety crew is on alert and ready to start the rescue boat anytime (as we were told, it is quite common for them to bring back lost surfers who surfed too far away).
In Pachia Ammos Country Club there is a free of charge outdoor pool if you are tired of salty sea water or just looking for a change of scenery.
Things to do
Shop for greek design in Manifactura run by Dimitris. He is the warmest person and he will introduce you to all the designers behind the beautiful pieces of jewellery, clothes and paintings in the shop. Located in the narrow streets of Chora.
Take a guided tour of the local Nissos beer brewery. Generous beer tasting is included and there is an option to buy a few bottles of beer and Nissos souvenirs.
Take a stroll to the Soul Food contemporary art gallery in the Chora. As they describe themselves “We present art, but are the anti-gallery.”
Buy sustainable herbs and spices from Mr. Yossif in the village of Volax. Yossif picks the herbs in the moonlight, which preserve their power and flavor. You will see his herb stand when entering the village. I scored myself some really good oregano, chamomile and greek herb tea!
Visit Panagia Evangelistria Cathedral (Our Lady of Tinos) in the evening. This majestic cathedral with red carpets leading to its doorsteps is surely a must-see. Visiting after sunset will add some extra mystery to the visit. The red carpets are not to be walked on, they are meant for pilgrims who cover the distance from the port to the cathedral on their knees as part of the holy pilgrimage.
Take day trips to the nearby islands of Delos and Syros. Tickets can be bought in one of the many tour agencies along the sea front in the Chora.
I hope our recommendations will be somewhat useful and this travel guide will help you to plan your trip. Until next travels!