|Visited in 2005, 2007,
2009 (2X), 2010, 2011, 2012,
2013, 2014 and 2016
Walking, hiking and trekking on TINOS
(last update on the 2nd of July 2016)
*** = very beautiful
**** = exceptional
N = new in 2014
With its 195 km˛, Tínos is one of the medium-sized Cycladic islands,
after the two biggest ones: Náxos (448 km˛) and Andros (385 km˛); the
island of Páros (195 km˛) has exactly the same size. Tínos is situated
between the isles of Andros and Mýkonos – together, these three islands
form the embranchment of the mountain ridge of the island of Evia (Euboia).
has to offer quite a lot, also to regular tourists: the interior of the
island is absolutely wonderful, it is fairly green and there are a lot
of small villages; there are many chapels, skilfully decorated pigeon
towers, beautiful beaches and also the marvellous hiking trails.
Tínos is situated on
the busy shipping route to Mýkonos: it is to be reached easily from the
harbour of Rafína (there is a special bus to Rafína from the airport!).
After about 2 hours of sailing the boat stops in Gávrio on the island of
Andros, and after 4 hours you arrive at Tínos. But also from the
Piraeus, the main port of Athens, there are a number of connections
every day: the Highspeed-boats and also modern ships such as the Blue
Star Ithaki take care of some fast connections via Sýros and Tínos to
Mýkonos – in this case the crossing to Tínos takes about three hours and
a half. In summer, there is also a direct connection with the island of
Páros, the central island of the Cyclades (by the Seajet 2).
The capital of Tínos, called Tínos or Chóra, is
pleasant little town. It is dominated by the large building of the
Panagía Evangelístria; the one-kilometre-long boulevard of Megalocharis
leads to this church. On the side of this road there is a strip of
carpet for pilgrims who want to undertake the trip to the church on
their knees. The interior of the church is remarkable because of the
large number of ex votoes, often also small silver ships. The new
harbour is located a little on the side of the centre and it does not
offer you anything in particular; the old harbour promenade is quite
nice and, as often, it is flanked by restaurants, shops and bars.
In the interior
there are the villages such as Voláx, Koumáros, Krókos,
Kómi, Ktikádos, Agápi, Tarampádos,
Falatádos,Triantáros, etc (in the centre of the island),
Kardianí, Istérnia or Pýrgos
(towards the north) and many more, which are very picturesque and
attractive to stroll around. It is almost unbelievable, but there are 60
villages dispersed all over the interior of the island!
Some of them, like
Koumáros and Agápi, are quite striking because of the arched passages (kamáres),
others, such as Tarampádos, are remarkable because of the large number
of very skilfully decorated pigeon houses. In the neighbourhood of
Falatádos and Myrsíni you will be struck by the very special landscape
with a lot of large boulders.
The plateau of
(with the old fortress, at an altitude of 559 metres) and the highly
situated monastery of Kechrovoúni (near the village of Stení)
give you some exceptional panoramic views over the island. Between Chóra
and the bay of Kiónia you
can find the remnants of the temple of Poseídoon and Amfitríte.
Besides the beach of Kiónia and the one of Kolimbýthra (on the north coast), it is mainly the beaches situated on the wind protected south-east coast, around Pórto, that are very pleasant, such as the beaches of Agios Fokás, Agios Ioánnis or Agios Sóstis.
Just like many other
Cycladic isles, also Tínos is best to be explored on foot. Tínos
contains a wealth of marvellous hiking trails, especially in the centre
of the island and in the southeast, but also around Kardianí and Pýrgos.
Some parts of the ancient kalderímia are remarkably well preserved – for
instance the stretch between Chóra and Ktikádos is incredibly intact.
In spring 2008 a
wonderful map of Tínos was published in the Anávasi-series. The actual
map (scale: 1/25 000) presents a whole lot of hiking trails, while at
the backside an entire network of trails is explained – with no less
than 25 hiking trajectories. The combinations of trails are almost as
numerous as on the island of Sífnos. Because Tínos is a fairly large
island, the total length of the trails is probably more than 200 km!
In the course of
spring 2009 another map of Tinos appeared, now in the series of
this map is also very detailed but a little less clear than the Anávasi-map.
A few things are incomplete as well: the paths from Falatádos to Myrsíni
or from Myrsíni to Manganári are not indicated on the map, and also the
part Manganári – beach of Liváda is incorrect.
In addition, on the island of Tínos, just like on Amorgós and especially on Andros and on Kéa, a great effort is put in the signposting of the hikes nowadays. This tendency just began a couple of years ago, but hike no.  from Falatádos and Myrsíni to Liváda used to be fairly well indicated after all. Thereafter, the signposting project came to a standstill, but now things are moving again. After hike no.  also hike no.  from Kechrovoúni to Tripótamos and Chóra, and hike no.  from Stení to Potamiá and the beach of Lychnaftiá are rather well indicated.
Just like on Amorgós
and Andros, there also exists a little, but beautiful book, published by
the cultural organisation Archipélagos, with a brief description of 10
hikes - in Greek, English and French – to be found in the shops in Chóra.
The descriptions of the hikes are not really route descriptions, but
they can give you an impression of some of the hiking possibilities.
Next to these two
decent maps – by Anávasi and
Terrain Maps, there is at the island also a map
available that is published by Palamáris; it gives you the same ten
hikes as in the hiking book of Archipélagos, but the map is really not
Finally, also the Greek guide "Kykládes", published by Explorer, pays
quite a bit of attention to the hikes when discussing the island of
Tínos. Also here the information is too limited, and in the English
translation of this guide this section was even left out.
We want to mention four very interesting websites: Since January the 1st 2004 you are visitor n°
We want to mention four very interesting websites:
Since January the 1st 2004
you are visitor n°
Panoramic view on Chóra
The rich interior of the Panagía Evangelístria
The decorated pigeons of Tarampádos
The splendid old monopáti that leads from Chóra to Kámbos
The hill top of Xóbourgo
The Venetian bridge near Ktikádos
The picturesque village of Voláx
The arched passages in Koumáros