Pigeon Houses of Tinos
3-Day Tinos Authentic Experience - Greece
Tinos is an island few have heard of but many visit, these visitors aren’t tourists they are pilgrims, who climb the stairs of the church on their knees. This means it has an authentic feel where you can experience a traditional way of life. It has a lot more to offer than redemption though with photogenic villages full of white stucco houses all connected by hiking trails as you pass blue doors and cobbled staircases lined with bright pink bougainvillea.
- Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
- 3 x breakfast
- Handy hiking app
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Arrival on Tinos
Today the ferry will take you to Tinos town, a pleasant town set on the harbour where you’ll find plenty of restaurants and cafes with a view of the bobbing boats. Although it is still undiscovered by most tourists, pilgrims have known it for centuries for the Panagia Evangelistria, the church where many pilgrims head to every August. The whole city feels like an open-air church. Everywhere you go you’ll find statues of the Virgin Mary and the smell of incense. On arrival your driver will take you to your hotel, ideally located between the beach and the center of Tinos. Check in and grab a local iced coffee in the shade of the trees on the terrace of a nearby taverna.
Hiking around Tinos
After breakfast the following morning, it’s time to explore Tinos and even though it is less green than neighboring island Andros, the scenery is just as awe inspiring. You’ll have a prepared a route in your app that sees you travel along gravelly trails over rugged mountains with views over the coastline, small bays and villages. It is all well worth it and along the way you will come across the famous ‘pigeon houses’ that are typical of Tinos – richly decorated, block-like buildings, where pigeons were once bred.
Walking through the villages of Tinos you get the feeling that all the photos of travel brochures for Greece were taken on this island. White stucco houses with blue shutters, stairs with a sleeping cat on them and narrow alleys overgrown with bougainvillea. Pyrgos is arguably the prettiest village on Tinos and you can reach it during a circular walk on the donkey roads from Ormos. If you prefer the coast, you can also venture out to small coves and rocky beaches with crystal clear water dotted all over the island.
Departure from Tinos
Today you say goodbye to Tinos and take the ferry again. From Tinos you can easily travel to Andros, Naxos or back to Athens. If you prefer to stay a little longer then extend your stay suing the time to take a trip to Mykonos Island, just a twenty minute boat ride away.
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