With the Meltem wind blowing uninterruptedly, mythology identifies Tinos as the island dear to the god of wind Aeolus and boasts the most brazen and defiant land compared to its surroundings.
Photographer and Editor: Érato Mediterraneo
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Choose the North of Tinos as the base for your days on the island if you’re looking for an authentic experience. Staying in a former fisherman's house at the end of the Rochari Bay will allow you to take in rocks and sea far from the crowds, and a little chiringuito, Alohari Tinos, on the beach will entertain you from 6 p.m. with some niche live music.
However, the northern part of the island is surely better known for the village of Pyrgos, which will enchant you with the delicious home cooking of Ta Mironia. We also suggest the typical Turkish bakery next door: The Centre, and the small harbor of Panormos, where you could possibly have the best Moussaka of the holiday at Marú, a little cafè on the harbor. The real jewel of Panormos, however, remains the pristine Paralia Agia Thalassa beach where you can enjoy the shade of the larches while swimming in the turquoise water of the bay, overlooking the church of Saint Nicholas Thalassinos that with its white walls and blue dome, reflects the most canonical Cycladic style. Moving to the extreme north, the area between Falatados and the village of Volax houses Volacus Wines; stop there for a wine tasting of local Greek varieties of grapes and enjoy a full moon sunset immersed in nature with the coolest of aperitivos.
Descending toward the heart of the island you will find Isternia and Isternia Bay. The most special sunsets are visible from this part of the coast and particularly from Paralia Isternion beach. This area is the place to go for those who love seafood. Here you’ll find nice restaurants on the waterfront such as ƩTHN AMMO and To Talassiko for a fancier dinner. Instead, for a tasty and simple dinner in a typical tavern we suggest Taberna Isternia. For Aperò, the all-day bar Dentro makes the best Bloody Mary on the island (along with Sima's in Pyrgos), perfect to accompany the breathtaking view of the cliffs and the slow appearance of the moon in the sky from its terrace.
On your way to the heart of the island, you’ll reach the village of Komi, and in particular the restaurant Svoura, which we can assure you’ll add to the list of “best dinners of a lifetime” - every single dish is a thrill of pleasure…even the risotto! To continue the evening, head down the road to Mamacita Spritz for an after-dinner drink where Manlio - Sicilian dad and Italian-Greek mom - will introduce you to Mastiha, a local resin-based liqueur that is just like Tinos: less known but authentic and full of rural Greek spirit. Among the best beaches of central Tinos we can’t fail to mention Kolimvithra.
It’s in the southern part of the island that your holiday will start, since all ferries dock at Tinos Harbor. The city of Tinos is well known for the church of Panagia Megalochar, which is one of the most important Orthodox pilgrimage sites. Even if we do not recommend staying in Tinos village, for sure it is worth a visit for the cute shops and to breathe spirituality. When in this area, you have to spend some hours sunbathing in Agali Beach and a quick lunch break by the water at Tarsanás.
You’ll realize that Tinos is the best way to get lost in summertime: being part of this cosmic dance whose rhythm is dictated by winds, tides, lunar cycles, surrendering to the flowing rhythm of the repetition of the days and becoming one with the nature around.
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