Tinos Island is part of Greece's Cyclades archipelago (Aegean Sea, Eastern Mediterranean). The island has total area approx 194 km2 (75 mi2) and population around 9,000. In antiquity, Tinos was named Ophiussa ("ophis" - snake) and Hydroessa ("hydor" - water). The closest isles are Mykonos, Andros and Delos.
Tinos Island has 3 ports - one for speed boats and two serving ferries, highspeed ships and cruise ships. Regularly scheduled ferry links connect Tinos to mainland Greece (Piraeus-Athens, Rafina) via the companies Blue Star Ferries and Seajets.
Tinos Island has around 50 active villages and is popular among tourists for its 80 windmills, 1000 artistic dovecotes (structures housing pigeons), Panagia Evangelistria Church (with the miraculous icon of Virgin Mary), Venetian fortifications (Exomvourgo mountain). On the island live both Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox populations.
Tinos is the center of an annual pilgrimage, taking place on August 15 (Dekapentavgoustos / Dormition of the Virgin Mary). This is probably the most notable and still active pilgrimage in Eastern Mediterranean. Pilgrims arrive via ferries and climb up to the church on hands and knees.
The island has a varied landscape and many beaches, the most popular of which are named Kolimbithra, Panormos, Agios Yannis, Agios Sostis, Kionia. The highest mountain (Tsiknias) is 750 m (2460 ft).
Tinos Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Tinos Island dock (anchor) at Tinos - port town on the southern coast.
Port Tinos Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Tinos Island, Greece. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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