Embrace the beauty of “The Handmade Island”
Tinos may not be the first name that comes to mind when you consider a cruise to Greece, but this authentically Aegean island inspires with its rich history, remarkable views, and thriving local gastronomy scene. Those who are familiar with Tinos no doubt know it for the Church of the Annunciation. This famous Greek Orthodox pilgrimage site sits in the middle of a courtyard in the town of Hora and is home to the icon of Our Lady of Tinos. This icon, which is on display inside the church, is said to have healing powers.
If you’re the type who enjoys exploring on foot, you’ll find a lot to love on Tinos. There are 22 marked trails here, with varying degrees of length and difficulty. Whether you’re interested in a challenging hike or a simple stroll, you’ll find it here — complete with an untamed beauty that has captivated locals and visitors alike for centuries. Consider making the hike to the Sanctuary of Poseidon & Amphitrite — an excavated religious sanctuary dedicated to the God of the Sea and his wife. And if you’d rather not make the trek, you can check out the scale model at Tinos Archaeological Museum.
Foodies have also flocked to Tinos in recent years, and for good reason — the island has a burgeoning gastronomy scene. The key ingredient? A local focus. Many of the foods you’ll find here, from the rabbit stifado to the pickled wild artichokes, are all produced on-island. And to drink? Wines from local wineries, which are seeing a resurgence after decades of vines serving as delicacies for grazing goats.