Tilos Island (Greece)

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Mediterranean - Black Sea

Local Time
2020-11-29 06:57

min: 64 °F (17 °C) / max: 67 °F (20 °C) 65°F
18.4°C
Wind: 133°/ 3.4 m/s  Gust: 3.9 m/sWind: 133°/ 3.4 m/s  Gust: 3.9 m/sGentle breeze
3.4 m/s
Min / Max Temperature67 °F / 20 °C
64 °F / 18 °C
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Tílos Island is located in the Aegean Sea (Eastern Mediterranean) and is part of Greece's Dodecanese islands. Tílos is located midway between the islands Kos and Rhodes and has a population of under 1,000. Along with two uninhabited isles (Antitilos and Gaidaros), Tílos forms a municipality with a total area of approx 65 km2 (25 mi2), which is part of Rhodes regional unit.

Tilos Island (Greece) cruise port Tilos

The island is shaped as inverted S, has a length of approx 15 km (9 mi / northwest-southeast), max width 8 km (5 mi) and land area approx 61 km2 (24 mi2). The landscape is similar to Nisyros - mountainous (limestone), with red lava sand, springs, fertile meadows, rocky or pebbled coast with several sand beaches.

During its history, the island was ruled by the Byzantine Empire (395-1453), Crusaders (Knights of Saint John, 1309-1470), the Ottoman Empire (1299-1922, in the period 1523-1912). In June 2008, the island's mayor performed Greece's first same-sex marriage.

Island's best-known tourist attractions include  Ayios Pandeleímon Monastery, Megalo Chorio ruins (medieval castle / Fortress of Mesaria), Livadhia (principal port harbour and island's economic centre), Mikro Chorio (15th-century town built by Knights of St John), castles (Megalo and Mikro Chorio, Mesaria, Agrosikia, Stavrou Lambrou).

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