Explore one of the less famous but more authentic and richer in beauty Greek Islands and enjoy unique hikes throughout the year. Tinos, is one of the few Greek islands that during winter times there has a big living community thus hotels and restaurants will be open and locals will happily host you !
Tinos is famous for its characteristic dovecotes, picturesque villages and windmills. Tinos is today exactly what Delos Island was to believers in ancient times. Twice a year, on March 25th and August 15th, pilgrims inundate the island to visit the famous church of Virgin Mary Apart from the main town Chora, explore the various villages in the interior of the island, most famous of which: Pyrgos – the marble art village, Volakas – the meteorite village, Tripotamos – the village of customs. Tinos has numerous superb sandy beaches and will surprise you positively with its varied and delicious local cuisine.
Our tour below is on a self-guided mode however feel free to contact us in case you also need a guide. Upon your arrival in Tinos, our friendly hosts will welcome you and share all necessary information in order to enjoy a hassle-free hiking holiday. We have chosen three hikes that provide a variety in terms of scenery in different parts of the island in order to give you a holistic view and uncover the unique culture behind this beautiful Greek gem.
Period of operation: Throughout the year (excluding July-August)
- 600€/pp for min 4-5 participants
- 690€/pp for min 2-3 participants
- Basic physical condition
- Accommodation in double rooms on B/B basis in Onar Guesthouse
- Transfers as follows:
- Athens Center or Airport to Rafina Port & Rafina Port to Athens Center or Airport
- Port of Rafina to Hotel & Hotel to Port of Rafina
- All necessary transfers for the hikes
- Lunch box x 3 during for the hikes
- Ferry tickets (economy seats) Rafina Port to Tinos and Tinos to Rafina Port
- Self guided hiking pack: gpx files, booklet with info, welcome briefing by a local representative, emergency telephone support during the hikes, all necessary transfers for the hikes
- Anything not mentioned above
- Hotel Stay Over Tax 1,5€/room/day payable on the spot
We transfer you from Athens airport or Athens center to the port of Tinos for your embarkation to the ferry to the island of Tinos. The trip lasts between 2 -2,5 hours depending on the ferry available. Upon arrival to Tinos you will be transferred to Onar Hotel in the capital Chora of the island. The friendly owners will welcome you and give you all necessary information for your stay in Tinos and will make you feel like home. Rest of the day free to stroll in the beautiful town of Tinos.
We start with one of the most representative hikes of the island passing through popular sights such as the Holy Monastery of Virgin Mary Evangelistria, Poles (the capital of the island in antiquity), Exombourgo (the capital in Medieval times). The return trip to the Chora crosses the villages of Karia and Mountados. The trail encircles the Dam of Vaketa and the surrounding rural area, traverses Chora’s “industrial area” and after a stroll through the scenic lanes of the settlement it arrives again at the “platform” point.
Distance: 13.1KM – 8.13Miles / Duration: 4h20’
Today we discover the picturesque villages and dovecotes of Tinos. Following an impressive medieval paved path (kalderimi), we visit the old villages of Ktikados, Xatzirados and Tarabados, the heart of traditional dovecote architecture and we reach Kiona bay. Light lunch during our hiking tour at the traditional “kafeneion” at Ktikados. Return to Chora hiking or by taxi. Rest and swim in the evening. Overnight in Tinos.
Distance: 13Km – 8 Miles /Duration: 5 hours
An easy despite its steep uphill trail begins from the beach of Yiannaki Bay to Kardiani. Approaching the village from the side of Agia Triada and before entering Kardiani, one goes through the overgrown slopes on the lower part of the settlement. From there you can head on to the church of Kioura Kardiani. Another uphill trail towards the old settlement of Kardiani begins where the only maintained building nowadays is the church of Agios Konstantinos built among the imposing rocks. The trail follows the old wide path that linked Ano Meria and Exo Meria right outside the village Palia Kardiani. It passes the site of B’ Euresis and it slopes downhill towards Ysternia with an impressive view to the west and the island of Syros while crossing the abandoned rural site. The trail continues on to Ysternia, a glittering in the sun village in the marble quarries, and it slopes downhill from “the marble-paved road” to the impressively wide, marble trail without any steps which ends in the Bay of Ysternia. An uphill trail begins from the shoreline of the bay to Panagia Lakkotiani (Agios Thomas). The trail passing through rural countryside with remarkable terraces goes downhill up until Stasi and its small bay Kousinia (where a small detour begins). The trail goes back to Yiannaki Bay from Stasi, at a steady altitude.
Distance: 14.2KM – 8.8 Miles /Duration: 5h30’