Jun 26 2014

Tinos is one of those sleeper hit islands. It's known widely for its sacred Greek Orthodox pilgrimage site: the Church of Panagia Evangelistria, in the port and main town, Hora. The imposing church is home to the sacred icon of the Holy Virgin Megalochari where pilgrims pray for healing, not unlike Catholics do in Lourdes, France. But as soon as you leave the throngs in town, Tinos is a wonderland of natural beauty, dotted with over 40 marble-ornamented villages, in hidden bays, on terraced hillsides and atop misty mountains. Also scattered across the brindled countryside are countless ornate dovecotes, a legacy of the Venetians. There is a strong artistic tradition on Tinos, especially for marble sculpting, as in the sculptors’ village of Pyrgos in the north, near the marble quarries. The food, made from local produce (cheeses, sausage, wild artichokes), is some of the best you will find in Greece.

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