The Monastery of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary (Our Lady of Tinos)
Built of white marble at the top of the hill overlooking Tinos Town, this imposing monastery complex, constructed between 1833 and 1879, is the island’s most recognisable landmark. Its highest point is the majestic 30-metre-high bell tower created by the Tinian sculptor Ioannis Filippotis.
The Old Town
A symbol of Tinos’s importance and prosperity in the 19th century, the Old Town is a charming mosaic of narrow maze-like streets in which attractive mansions with coats of arms, excellent museums, and picturesque churches are waiting to be discovered. It is one of the loveliest places on the island to go for a stroll.
Pyrgos Museum of Marble Crafts
This modern museum opened in 2007 in the village most associated with marble on Tinos. Through audio-visual presentations and dozens of exhibits, it covers the technology used to extract and shape the material from antiquity to the present day.
The largest village on Tinos is like an open-air work of art, with narrow paved streets, decorative wall-fountains, elaborate lintels, and stone churches, all testifying to its long tradition of marble carving. The birthplace of great painters and sculptors of the 19th century, Pyrgos boasts exceptional museums, workshops, and a renowned School of Fine Arts.
These two-storey stone towers, which have adorned the slopes and footpaths of Tinos since the period of Venetian rule, are unique folk monuments. There are estimated to be more than 600 of them, particularly around the villages of Tarambados, Agapi, Livada, Potamia and Kardiani.
The Villages of Tinos
The island’s traditional settlements are excellent examples of vernacular architecture. Their main feature is marble-paved squares and intricately carved wall-fountains.
The medieval paths of Tinos form a 400-km network of hiking trails that criss-cross its mountainous interior along ancient paved routes. In ancient times, the historic Vary path (which runs from Tinos Town to Kionia and up into the hills) joined the capital with cities in the centre of the island.
The boulders of Volakas
Something between a lunar landscape and an open-air geological museum, the area between Mount Exomvourgo, Falatados and Livada is dotted with giant granite boulders that excite the imagination. Legend has it that the volakes (enormous projectiles) are left over from the mythical fight between the Gods and the Giants. They make a spectacular sight and the area is a top climbing destination for “boulderers” in Europe.
Built on a steep slope 650 metres above sea level, the oldest monastery on Tinos (dating from the 10th or 11th century) consists of seven churches and resembles a fortified Cycladic village. It is also called Our Lady of the Angels and is among the most beautiful monastery complexes in Greece.
Tinos Archaeological Museum
This museum is located on Megalochari, the main street leading to the monastery in Tinos Town, and its collection includes finds from excavations at two sanctuaries, one on Mount Exomvourgo, and the other in Kionia. Of particular interest are the marble sundial made in the late 2nd century BC by Andronicus of Cyrrhus and the storage jars dating from the 8th century BC with their striking relief decoration.