Enchanting yet still unknown to the majority of tourists, Tinos mostly attracts Greek pilgrims traveling there twice a year, on March 25 and August 15, to visit the church of Panagia Megalochari in Chora. Due to its religious lifestyle, the island has kept its character and the mainland remains gorgeous and untouched, packed with traditional villages with whitewashed houses and traditional churches. And if that was not enough the mainland is filled with hiking routes and the beaches are clean and gorgeous, a perfect example of Aegean serenity. Here are the best beaches in Tinos, an island where you can spread your toes and enjoy the sun and the sea.
Two separate beaches form the beach known as Kolimbithra. The smaller one is fully organized and has a cosmopolitan flair, while the larger one is more tranquil. Also, you can surf and chill with surfers while listening to reggae in a gorgeous beach bar. The view of the little island “Drakonisi” is splendid and there are also taverns on the small beach, where umbrellas, toilets, showers, beach volley and water sports are also available. There is a small lake with ducks and turtles nearby and Kolimbithra is a biotope of rare birds.
Address: 84200 Kolimpithra
2. Agios Fokas
This is the largest beach on the island and it is easily accessible even by foot from Hora. Agios Fokas provides everything: umbrellas, cafeterias, restaurants, rooms to let, a beach bar, water sports, and camping. Pines and tamarisk trees provide shade along the beach, while it is suitable for jogging or walking since at its edge lays the ancient rock of Vryokastros with a marvelous view to the island of Delos.
Address: Ag. Fokas, 842 00 Tinos
3. Agios Ioannis Porto
Agios Ioannis Porto is one of the two most popular beaches on the island. The fact that this large sandy beach with clean shallow waters is not affected by northern winds makes it highly recommended for families with young children and also explains why this used to be Tinos’ port. Moreover, visitors have the ability to buy snacks, water, and refreshments at the beach bar and choose between umbrellas and tamarisk trees for shade.
Agios Ioannis Porto
Address: Agios Ioannis Porto, 842 00 Tinos
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Right underneath the unique village Isternia, the cove offers two beaches, one with sand and the other with pebbles, but both with transparent waters and marvelous sunset views. The cove’s calm waters are an excellent choice when there are strong northern winds, whereas the long path connecting the beach with the village of Isternia is suitable for trekking lovers. Either way, a visit to the village is just mandatory! On the beach, there are also two taverns and a cafeteria.
Address: Isternia, 84200 Tinos
5. Agios Romanos
Agios Romanos is a big and tranquil beach with sand and little pebbles, providing shadow with its tamarisk trees and a wonderful view to the island of Syros. Access to this beach is quite easy through the new road leading from Hora to Kionia.There is a tavern, which is among the best taverns on the island, so visitors don’t have to worry about food. Going down an old path on the west you will meet the little, isolated beach Apigania.
Address: Agios Romanos, 84200 Tinos
Lichnaftia is an isolated beach at the eastern part of the island. The waters are blue and crystal clear, but what really makes it unique is the black and white pebbles spread all around on the golden sand. At Lichnaftia, the blue horizon seems infinite, whereas it is the right place for a romantic couples’ getaway with its marvelous scenery in a full moon night.
Address: Lichnaftia, 84200 Tinos
7. Pachia Ammos
Pachia Ammos is a large, isolated beach, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Hora. Visitors prefer this beach for its wild beauty and its uniquely colored, thick, green sand, which creates the illusion of grass when viewing the beach from a distance. Moreover, Pachia Ammos hosts a dune, similar to the dunes in a desert. There are neither umbrellas nor a beach bar, so visitors must be prepared and carry anything necessary (water, snacks, umbrellas).
Address: Pachia Ammos, 84200 Tinos
Ormos Giannaki is a beach with sand and pebbles, two taverns and umbrellas, but there is also natural shade provided by tamarisk trees. The beach is connected with the village of Kardiani with a traditional old path, a path worth climbing since it boasts a marvelous view of the island of Syros. Kalivia is a small, tranquil bay in the eastern part of the beach which is a great choice for families.
Address: Aegean Sea, 842 01 Exomvourgo
Kionia is a beach very close to Chora with sand. It is very popular with families and locals and you can find plenty of restaurants, taverns, umbrellas, and shops on the street that is right behind the beach. This is a classic family beach where children play peacefully and parents can relax on the beautiful bay, without worrying about a thing.
Address: 842 00 Kionia
Livada is definitely the most impressive beach of Tinos. It has pebbles and crystal blue deep waters, surrounded by strange big rocks with numerous holes of various sizes. The road to the beach is not so good, and passenger cars may have a problem accessing it. The area next to the beach is ideal for exploration, with oak trees, a lake with ducks and a small river reaching the sea, explaining why the water at Livada is so cold.
Address: Livada, 842 00 Tinos
Tinos: Beaches in every style
Tinos is a gorgeous island full of beaches for every taste. Whether you prefer sand, pebbles or large rocks, serene locations that you reach after hiking, caves to explore or just an umbrella and a beach bar, you can fulfill your wildest beach side dreams here. Tinos is the best place for family vacations or romantic gateways. Just relax and enjoy the sea!
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