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The hand-made island in the Cyclades

Tinos :the slow Greek Cyclades Island of culture


Tinos, with an area of 197 km² is the third largest island in the Cyclades after Naxos and Andros. It belongs to the northern Cyclades and lies between Andros, from which it is separated by the Strait (length 0.5 nm), and Mykonos, from which it is separated by the Strait of Mykonos (length 11 nm). Locals divide the island geographically to Outside Parts or Oxomeria (W and NW section from Kardiani and beyond) and Within Parts consist of the upper section (from Hatzirados to Dyo Choria and Myrsine) and Lower Parts (NE and central part, from Tarampados up to Kalloni and Volax)

Tinos Island Greece (2)
Tinos Island Greece (2)
Tinos Island Cyclades

The morphology of Tinos


It is generally mountainous and barren with its highest mountains being that of Tsiknias (729m) in the Southeastern part of the island, the Pateles (616m) in the western section, Kehrovouni (604m) with the Monastery of the Assumption, and Xobourgo (540m), north of Chora.

You won’t find any forests or large plains. The largest flat area is located in Komi, in the plain of Kolymbithra and the most fertile valleys are those of Livada, Potamia and Agapi.

The Long River – Lazarus flowing into Kolymbithra and Manganari, which flows into the beautiful bay of Livada, are the biggest torrents.

Due to the sloping ground, and in order to create arable land, the inhabitants built the “stone walls” or “benches” that hold the soil and form the characteristic “stairs” that you will encounter throughout the island.

source: Tinosecret.gr

The architecture of Tinos


Tinos, the island of art, is home to numerous architectural and artistic treasures which make it a living museum. The abundance of natural materials like marbles and rare rocks has influenced Tinos’ architecture and the artistic mood of the locals in the construction and restoration of many houses. The art of marble-carving flourished greatly in Tinos during the 19th century and genuine examples of this art can be seen in many buildings, fountains, churches, and cemeteries.

source : www.greeka.com

The Chapels

The tinian house

The Tinian House

Tinos Island Cyclades

The windmills

The Villages

The Pigeon Towers

Tinos Cyclades Greece

The lintel

What to See

About Tinos

The History of Tinos

Tinos according to the ancient historians owes its name to its first settler who was called Tinos, being a leader of the Ionian colonists of Caria in Asia Minor who were the first to settle on the island. In ancient literature, the island is additionally known with several aliases: Aristophanes was referred to it as “Skordoforos” from greek “skordo”=garlic and “fero”=bear for Tinos’ fine quality of garlic while Aristotle calls Tinos “Hydroussa” from Greek “hydro”=water because of its abundance of springs and water. Later sources also mention it as “Ofiousa” or “Fidousa” in one version because of the large number of snakes that existed on the island of Tinos, although according to younger scholars, the word probably derives from “fides”, the local species of cedar (now only found in Panormos area), which as a strong and durable structural timber, held a special place in the lives of Tinians for centuries. Today, Tinos is known as the “island of Aeolus’ among its residents and visitors because of the strong winds blowing on the island.

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