A Free Afternoon in Tinos

Panagia Evangelistria church
Enjoy a free afternoon exploring charming Tinos. Start with the Chora, the capital of the island of Tinos, and stroll its marble streets. Here you'll find the historic Greek Orthodox church and monastery, the Panagia Evangelistria Tinos, also known as “Megalochari” or "Panagia tis Tinou" (The Virgin Mary of Tinos). Notice the carpeted runway on the right side of the road. It's reserved for pilgrims ascending to Panagia (the main church) on their knees.

You can combine a visit to the pilgrimage site of Panagia with the Museums of the Panhellenic Sacred Institute of the Tinos Evangelistria (ΠΙΙΕΤ), located in the same complex. Don't miss the Elli Mausoleum — learn about the memories of August 15, 1940, when the "Elli" warship was torpedoed while participating in the celebration of the Assumption.

Next, head back down to the port and explore the picturesque alleys on both sides of the main street. Upon request, you can visit “Ena Karo” and participate in a soap-making workshop. If you need a snack, try the famous charcuterie at Kritikos or the sweets at Meskliés.

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Itineraries with A Free Afternoon in Tinos

Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 12 Days

This itinerary offers sun, surf, and an inside look at Greek culture, both ancient and modern. Start things off in Athens, where you'll explore at your own pace and try some of the capital's best street food. Then begin your island hopping adventure with a stop in Tinos, a pilgrimage site and home to a centuries-old marble craft. Next, make your way to Mykonos, where you can stroll through the pretty streets, unwind on the beach, and indulge in some of the island's excellent culinary offerings. Set sail for Santorini, where you'll cruise around its volcanic caldera, before moving on to Crete's charming historic towns and villages. End your trip back in Athens with an unforgettable sunset excursion.

Cyclades & Crete Culinary History Tour - 9 Days

Toast to the friendship-creating powers of food on this nine-day itinerary. You'll meet the locals as you sample your way through the country, joining them in olive groves or around the farmhouse dinner table to discover Greece's culinary history on Tinos, Naxos, Mykonos, and Crete.

Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 23 Days

Take your time exploring Greece by bike, horse, kayak, and much more on this 23-day adventure. You'll pedal along the shores of the Athenian Riviera and learn traditional fishing techniques on the Saronic Gulf before heading for the Cyclades. There, you'll learn to surf on Tinos and go scuba diving on Naxos before making your way to Crete for some hiking, cooking, and beach time. Finally, travel back to the mainland for a visit to some fascinating historical sites at Sounion, Mycenae, and Nafplio.