Ferry to Tinos
Travelers who are using the ferry to Tinos are approaching one of the largest Cycladic Islands, close to Athens, mostly known for its religious pilgrimage!
Tinos is a wonderful Greek island located 125 km southeast of Rafina port in Athens. Except for its reputation as a religious island and its comparison with Lourdes in France, it is also famous for its extraordinary landscapes and sceneries. The architecture which dominates the island is the same like in all the Cyclades, white cube houses with colorful doors and windows along with the narrow paved alleys, which combined with nature, sea and Mediterranean air, make the place dreamy. Of course, the crystal clear waters, the long sandy beaches, beach bars, bars and taverns serving tasty Greek traditional food cannot be missed.
Despite the fact that Tinos is not as crowded as Mykonos, Paros or Santorini for example, it is recommended though, to book your ferry to Tinos in advance so as to have everything planned and being sure that you will find available ones.
Getting to Tinos by Ferry
You can get to Tinos by any of the three ports of Athens, Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrio with either conventional or high-speed ferries. Have in mind though, that most routes start from Piraeus and Rafina while from Lavrio there are only few. The crossings which start from the port of Piraeus happen daily all year long but high-speed vessels operate only in summer months where traffic and demand is higher. Beginning the journey from the port of Rafina is a more popular choice since the distance is shorter than from Piraeus, with the conventional vessels requiring 4 hours and the high-speeds hardly 2 hours.
The Tinos port is situated in the southern part of the island and belongs to Chora, Tinos’ capital. By the time your ship will start reaching the port, you will see the white houses built amphitheatrically and the graphical Chora with its many boutiques, cafeterias and eating places.
After the anchor is dropped and you disembark, you will have to use the following transportation means in order to get around Tinos:
There is a public bus transfer service with daily connections to and from Tinos port. For more information, please visit the Tinos Bus or call +30 22830 22440, +30 694 720 0440, +30 694 436 5703.
It is worth noting that some hotels in Tinos offer a minivan service that will transfer you from the ferry port to your accommodation and the other way around - call them in order to organize your transfer.
In order to schedule a taxi transfer, please call +30 694 599 4632, +30 22830 26000, +30 22830 22470.
Holidays in Tinos
Tinos is a place where someone can enjoy peace and completely relax during his holidays. The island is relatively big and very interesting to explore, contains stunning sceneries, turquoise beaches, delicious food and accommodations for all budgets. It is recommended to visit as many villages as possible for the reason that they are all different and each one provides a unique feeling. The most famous landmark is the Church of Panagia Evangelistria or “Our Lady of Tinos” which is known for its possession of the miraculous icon “Megalochare” (Great Grace). If you are present in Tinos on the 15th of August you will witness a big traditional religious celebration where you will have the opportunity to get closer with the locals and enjoy tasty food.
Below we give you some examples of the most worth-seeing sites and beaches on the island:
Sights in Tinos
Apart from Panagia Evangelistria Church, Tinos has many other sights to admire. It is an island with rich history especially regarding arts. Some of the most worth-seeing sights are:
- The Archeological Museum
- The Marble Art Museum
- Kostas Tsoklis Museum
- Giannoulis Halepas Museum
- Isternia Mills
All Greek islands contain impressive coasts and crystal clear waters so Tinos’ beaches are no exception. Some examples are:
- Pachia Ammos
- Agios Ioannis
- Agios Fokas
Island Hopping from Tinos
Tinos’ location makes it perfect for island hopping to the other Aegean islands. Ferry routes tend to increase in the summer period since there is more demand. After Spending your time in Tinos, you can jump to Mykonos or Syros in less than an hour and to Paros or Naxos in an average of 2 hours. If this is not enough, you can continue to Santorini, Ios, Milos or even to Crete.
Travelling to the Destination Tinos
Tinos is located between Syros, Andros and Mykonos. It is also a religious centre of Greece and is therefore mainly visited be Greek pilgrims. Tinos can be compared to Lourdes in France regarding its status as a pilgrimage site. Not very far from the port and reachable on a steep but wide road, placed on a hill, stands the church of Our Lady Tinos (Panagia Evangelistria). A red carpet leads to the entrance of the church. Pilgrims use the carpet to make their way from the ferry wharf to the church on their hands and knees as a sign of devotion. However, the faithful visitors of the church do not stay on the island for long. They usually return the same day and hence miss the beauties that the island has to offer.
Tourists travelling to the destination Tinos have the opportunity of visiting other place too and not just the dominating church of Panagia Evangelistria. There are a lot of white villages with traditional Cycladic architecture worth visiting. Further sights of the island that are worth seeing are the dovecotes. They are elaborately made and evidence of the artistic nature of the island. Famous Greek painters and sculptors of the 19th and 20th century were from Tinos: Chalepas, Filippotis, Sochos, Gisis, Litras are only some of them. Before their departure with ferries from Tinos, visitors should at least have seen and experienced some of the splendid sand beaches of the island.
Tinos has a land area of 195 square kilometres and a coastline of 106 km. Approximately 8,000 people live on the island. Ferry routes Tinos start from Piraeus (86 nautical miles away) and Rafina (62 nautical miles away). From Tinos passengers can continue their travel to the other Cycladic islands either with conventional ferries or with speed ferries. All routes are included in the Tinos ferry timetable of the real-time booking engine of isferry.com.