This Cycladic island in the Aegean Sea is the stopover point between Athens and Mykonos – and its famed Church of Panagia Megalochari is the most important Orthodox shrine of pilgrimage in Greece. But there’s more to Tinos than this holy site: the island is home to beautiful white-sand beaches, picturesque villages and hundreds of intricately designed 18th- and 19th-century dovecotes for housing pigeons. If you’re planning to explore this lesser-known destination, these are the very best hotels in Tinos.
Laouti is the longest beach on the island of Tinos, and it boasts golden sand, shady trees and shallow waters. Want to stay nearby? Book into Akti Aegeou, a resort-style hotel, located just 30m (100ft) from the beachfront. The one- and two-bedroom studios, apartments and suites have kitchens for self-catering and sea view balconies, and there’s a pool with a pool bar for guests – go for one of the fruity summer cocktails. There’s also a restaurant that serves homemade cakes and pastries for breakfast.
Looking for an ultra-convenient island escape? This contemporary complex of 19 self-catering bungalows is just 3km (2mi) away from the port of Tinos in the picturesque seaside village of Kionia, which is home to the ruins of a temple dedicated to Poseidon. The bungalows are built on different levels, meaning each boasts views over the blue sea from a balcony with cascading bougainvillea. The hotel mini-bus is on standby throughout the day and evening to take guests to the port and back, making it easy to explore the main town’s restaurants and bars.
This hotel, in a quiet part of the town of Tinos, is just a 15-minute walk from the main port and 10 minutes from the famed Church of Panagia Megalochari. It’s built in the Cycladic style, and the rooms and suites combine this traditional style with modern minimalism. Looking for romance? Book the Junior Suite, which features a hammam-style shower, jacuzzi and three balconies. The Aqua Vista Restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner, and the chef serves up traditional dishes, such as moussaka, fourtalia (local-style omelette) with syglino (cured meat), artichoke pie and stuffed squid.
These affordable apartments, in a Neoclassical building in Tinos Town, are rich in character – think handcrafted timber furniture in the bedrooms, blown-glass lamps and works by local artists. Each of the four apartments also has views out over the pretty landscaped garden, which boasts marble tables and shady umbrellas. Breakfast is served in the aforementioned Aqua Vista Restaurant nearby, and includes local delicacies such as bougatsa, a Greek breakfast pastry filled with semolina, custard and cheese or minced meat.
These simple rooms – decorated with white-painted timber furniture and coastal-inspired artwork crafted from driftwood, sand and shells – are just 50m (165ft) from Agali Beach and 200 metres (660ft) from Agios Fokas Beach. Expect private balconies overlooking the laneways, air conditioning, in-room refrigerators and free Wi-Fi. Looking to explore Tinos Town? It’s an easy 10-minute walk to the ferry port, where many of the island’s best-known taverns, bars and restaurants are located.
This boutique wellness retreat is just 5km (3mi) away from Tinos Town. Eight beachfront suites, studios and apartments overlook Agios Sostis Beach and can accommodate between two and six guests – so it’s just as suited to groups of friends and families as it is to couples looking for a romantic getaway. Kapri restaurant serves local fare on the terrace, while the Byzantio Wellness Spa boasts a jacuzzi with panoramic sea views. There’s also a fragrant herb garden that the hotel uses in the restaurant’s dishes and cocktails.
Check into this quaint family-friendly guesthouse near the main port if you’re planning a family trip to Tinos. Each of the simple, but comfortable, rooms has air conditioning and free wifi, while on-site parking is available for guests. Relax on one of the landscaped terraces, which are adorned with potted cacti, or get out and explore the town. Looking for a spot for dinner? The owners recommend the nearby Mpeee barbecue restaurant, where you’ll be treated to ocean views alongside traditional fare such as cheese pie, kebap and kleftiko.
If you want to explore Greece beyond Tinos, head to Athens to see some historical sites, some rooftop bars and a range of hotels for every traveller, bookable through Culture Trip. Make sure you visit the local beaches, as well as some of the finest boutique hotels in the capital.
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