To explore the beauty of the island, you have to walk through the villages of Tinos. As you travel inland you will realise why Tinos has given birth to some of the most brilliant artists of Greece; it is a land that balances between dry stonewalls, forming natural mountain stairs, a typical characteristic of the Cycladic landscape, and white villages surrounded by green valleys, old windmills and dovecotes.
Downtown you will find the terminal from where local buses transfer you daily to most of Tinos villages. So enjoy the ride!
- 2 klm far from Exombourgo, the beautiful and picturesque Volax emerges surrounded by huge round granite rocks that are scattered in a unique moonlike landscape!
There you will find houses built on giant rocks, knitters of handmade woven baskets, a folklore museum of traditional arts & handicrafts, marble shaped tablets, and a small stone theatre in the entrance of the village which during the summer hosts great theatrical shows.
- 27 klm far from the city, Pyrgos is one of the largest and most beautiful villages of the island. The village is known for its workshops and ateliers of marble sculpture, the house and the museum of the famous sculptor Giannoulis Chalepas, the house of the painter Nikiforos Lytras, the marble street signs and its picturesque square in the centre where you can rest underneath the aged platan and taste traditional handmade sweets! Do not forget to visit the Art School of Marble Sculpture, which since 1956 operates as a generator of art and civilization, as well as to go for a walk few kilometres away to the picturesque harbour Panormos from where the boats departed loaded with marble and baskets from Volax.
- 19 klm away from the city and hooked up on a mountainside, this green and full of water springs village offers an amazing view to the boundless blue, gazing from its balconies Syros and the Aegean archipelagos.
Leave your vehicle at the entrance of the village and walk to the central square with the tall cypress trees and the lake with the marble frogs. There you will find the Catholic church of the Virgin Mary with the carved hearts on its bell tower and a few metres away the Orthodox marble-made church Aghia Triada.
- The village of sailors and artists is 22 klm away from the city and 3 klm far from Kardiani. Ysternia and Kardiani are also known as the ‘hanging villages’ since both are amphitheatrically built on a mountainside offering an idyllic view.
- Passing through snake formed roads and dozens of dovecotes, you will end up in one of the oldest villages of Tinos. Falatados is an ideal stop for photos, folklore pursuits and traditional handmade sweets!
- This is a small village with a great history where Jesuit and Ursuline nuns had built their monasteries. Inactive since 1862 however perfectly renovated, the Ursuline convent is an exceptional museum and pole of attraction for many faithful believers!
- On the giant rock of Exombourgo with the huge marble cross that lights every night you will find the ruins of an ancient town and a castle which for 500 years has been used as a fortress of resistance against Turks and other invaders. The crumbling walls of the fortress and the deserted church of Aghia Eleousa betray the significant history of the place.