Tinos, enchanting and still unknown to most tourists, attracts especially the pilgrims who travel here twice a year, on March 25 and August 15, to visit the church of Panagia Megalochari (the Virgin Mary). From any part of the country, people come here to fulfill their vows and to seek comfort. Tinos is the most important orthodox center of worship in Greece, but at the same time, it is also an important Catholic center; A curious mixture of religious traditions that gives the island a particular character.
But the pilgrimage is not the only reason to know the incredible island of Tinos, but also has magnificent beaches and forty traditional villages, as the philosopher Kastoriadis said, “the handmade Tinos.” This island is home to renowned great marble artists such as Gyzis, Lytras, Chalepas, Filippotis and Sochos, who have carried out the carved marble tradition of the island. According to legend, the famous sculptor of ancient times, Phidias, had taught the secrets of his art to the locals of this island. His admirable office is shown in the chapels, fountains, arches and dovecotes. In the town of Pyrgos there is the Museum of Marble Art, which is worth visiting as well as the Gallery of Artists of Tinos, located right next to the church of the Virgin Mary.
Tinos, as a whole, is a very interesting place to visit. One can enjoy its unspoilt architecture, its picturesque villages, its beautiful beaches, its traditional culture and its lifestyle.
The pan-Hellenic celebrations of 15th of August in honor of the Virgin Mary are accompanied by other festivals such as those of Tsiknias and Exombourgo and the gastronomic fairs in which there are not lacking the artichokes and raki in Falatados, as well as the festival of honey In Kampos. Tinos is the ideal place for lovers of nature, architecture, art and tradition.