Dear guests, this year is the first time that our house is available for hosting under the control of the owner of the house. Therefore, at present, reviews and / or recommendations from previous guests, who rented the house under another account, are not available! This is exactly what we lack and we expect to gain. We are waiting to welcome you and do everything from our side for you to experience an unforgettable holiday in our country.
Our 300 m2 Villa has 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and can accommodate 13 people so is ideal for families and friends.
Main House size: 300m2
Private Property: 4500 m2
Auxiliary spaces (verandas, porches, storage space, garden): 200 m2
5 Bedrooms, sleeps 13, 3.5 Bathrooms
Parking space (8 cars)
• Barbeque area
• Outdoor shower area
• Private road leads to the house.
• 1st Bedroom & TV - 1 king size double bed
• 2nd Bedroom & TV - 2 Single big beds
• 3rd Bedroom & TV - 1 Double bed
• Baby crib provided upon request
• Extra folding bed provided upon request
• Living room & TV - 1 sofa (three sits), 1 sofa (two sits)
• Dining room - 1 big dining table with 8 chairs
• Fully equipped kitchen
• 1.5 Bathrooms
• 1st Bedroom & TV- 1 king size double bed
• 2nd Bedroom - 2 Single beds
• Living room & TV- 1 sofa can be turned to double bed (three sits), 2 sofas (two sits)
• Dining room - 1 big dining table with 6 chairs
• Fully equipped kitchen
• 1.5 Bathrooms
Now about the island; If you are not the type who really likes hanging out all day on the beach what is there to do in Tinos? Get in your car or hit the walking trails and explore. What really makes Tinos special are the many villages scattered around the island, each one different and all of them connected by excellent roads and a system of walking paths which follow the kalderimia, the stone roads that the islanders have been using for centuries. These villages are considered to be the model of the Cycladic architecture contain picturesque arches, streets paved with flagstones and yards full of blooming flowers, churches both small and large, and fountains of clear running water from underground springs. Most of these villages have been declared traditional and are protected by the Greek Ministry of Culture.
As in other Cyclades islands you will notice the stone terracing which is pretty much everywhere keeping the topsoil in place and turning steep hillsides that might otherwise be barren into farms and orchards that can last a thousand years. As far as vegetation goes Tinos is one of the more green islands with fertile valleys with ample water able to sustain the whole island were it necessary. But more than anything Tinos has stone: marble, granite and slate, and just about everything is built out of these rocks, from walls to streets to monuments and art. No wonder Tinos is known for its sculpture artists, and the father of Phideas, acknowledged as the greatest sculptor of all time whose most well known work was the Parthenon, came from Tinos.
North of Agios Ioannis Porto are several beaches you can reach by car including Pacheia Ammos, just one kilometer away known for its beautiful sand and dunes and the unspoiled beach at Lihnaftia and Santa Margarita. Going the other way towards Tinos Town is the long sandy beach of Agios Fokas, which begins in Chora and continues to the ancient walls at Vriokastro, has some cafes, tavernas and the Akrotiri Surf Club for windsurfing.
So if you are visiting Tinos and you want to make the most of your beach time what should you do? If you have a car stay in Agios Ioannis Porto, use it as your base and explore the other beaches of the island each day like we did. Even if you waste an afternoon on a beach you don't really like you will always have Agios Sostis to come back to for the last swim of the day. If you don't have a car don't worry one of the best beaches of the island is 200 metres away from the house. Also nearby there are beach bars, restaurants by the sea, bakery and mini market.
In the main Town of Tinos there are two primary streets that lead up to the Church of Evagelistria which is every Orthodox pilgrim's primary destination whether by car, on foot or on their hands and knees. Crawlers and cars go up the wide avenue of Leoforos Megalocharis during the day when the waterfront roads are open. In the evening it becomes a pedestrian street. The narrow carpet on the right is for people to crawl. During a non-holiday period there will be several people a day doing crawling. Big holidays like the 15th of August there will be hundreds. Those walking may want to stop at the Archaeological Museum which is about two thirds of the way up on your left. When you reach the Church, called The Sacred Institution of the Evagelistria, see the famous Holy Icon, wash your hands in Holy Water and then check out the Tinian Artist Museum and the Mausoleum of the Elli, the Greek ship which was torpedoed in the harbor by the Italians, Greece's first casualties of the Second World War
Evagelistrias Street which runs parallel is the main shopping street with mostly religious items, gifts. Fast food restaurants dominate the bottom of Evagelistrias with an occasional shop selling traditional sweets like loukoumia from Syros or the Tinos variety made with masticha and almonds. If you step into one of the small side streets this is where the fun begins and you can find small cafes, restaurants, galleries and interesting shops. You will also find many of the businesses that cater to the local people and in a way it is like visiting a whole other village, more traditional than the religious commercialism of the primary shopping streets.
For those who want to get out of town the KTEL buses can get you just about anywhere on the island. The station is on Trion Ierarchon which is the third major street that leads up from the port. The taxi stand is also there.
Last but not least there are clubs and bars and ouzeries in the main town just above the new ferry port where you can go and drink and listen to music and make friends with young Greeks and foreigners. There are also small tavernas and cafes in the back streets of the town. Like any other island often it is the small places in the low and secret areas that have the best food and atmosphere.Get the full listing »