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Cycling Tinos Chora – Kolimbithra

Cycling Tinos Chora – Kolimbithra

Product Code : 4312

About The Place

In the heart of the Aegean Sea, Tinos Island stands as a testament to the rich tapestry of Greek history, culture, and natural beauty. This enchanting island, often overshadowed by its more renowned neighbors, is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. With its captivating landscapes, historical significance, and vibrant traditions, Tinos offers a unique and unforgettable experience for travelers seeking an authentic Greek experience.

Nature and Landscape

Tinos Island greets visitors with a diverse and captivating natural landscape that ranges from serene beaches to rugged mountains. The island’s coastline is a true treasure, adorned with pristine sandy shores, secluded coves, and crystal-clear waters. Agios Ioannis Porto and Kionia beaches, with their golden sands and turquoise waves, beckon sunseekers and water enthusiasts alike. Those yearning for tranquility can escape to the hidden gems of Agios Fokas and Livada, where the serene ambiance is only interrupted by the gentle lapping of waves against the shore.

Beyond its captivating coastline, Tinos boasts a rugged interior characterized by rolling hills and ancient villages. The island’s mountains, including the imposing Exomvourgo and Tsiknias, offer hiking and exploration opportunities for nature enthusiasts. These peaks provide panoramic views of the island, revealing a patchwork of terraced fields, charming villages, and the shimmering Aegean Sea stretching out into the horizon.

Tinos is also renowned for its verdant landscapes, particularly during the spring when wildflowers blanket the island, creating a riot of colors and fragrances. The fertile land produces a bounty of local produce, including olives, figs, grapes, and artichokes, which can be savored in traditional dishes at local tavernas.

History and Heritage

Tinos Island is steeped in history, with traces of ancient civilizations and religious significance interwoven into its very fabric. One of the most iconic landmarks is the Sanctuary of Poseidon and Amphitrite, a testament to the island’s importance in antiquity. This archaeological site is a fascinating glimpse into the island’s past, with remnants of temples, altars, and ancient walls that transport visitors back in time.

Perhaps the most renowned attraction on Tinos is the Church of Panagia Evangelistria, also known as the Church of the Virgin Mary. This grand Orthodox church is a pilgrimage site for Greeks from across the country, drawing devout worshipers and curious travelers alike. Its miraculous icon, said to have healing powers, has made Tinos a place of spiritual significance for centuries. The church’s imposing facade, adorned with intricate marble carvings and a grand bell tower, is a testament to the island’s devotion to its faith.

Exploring the island’s charming villages is like stepping into a time capsule. Pyrgos, a village renowned for its marble craftsmanship, boasts narrow winding streets lined with traditional Cycladic houses. The village of Volax is a unique sight, with its surreal landscape of round granite boulders scattered across the countryside. Wander through these villages, and you’ll encounter friendly locals who are more than willing to share stories of their heritage and traditions.

Culture and Traditions

Tinos Island’s culture is a captivating blend of Greek traditions, religious fervor, and artistic expression. The island’s vibrant arts scene is particularly noteworthy, with a thriving community of painters, sculptors, and craftsmen who draw inspiration from the island’s natural beauty and rich history. Pyrgos, in particular, is known for its marble workshops, where skilled artisans create exquisite sculptures and intricate carvings.

The island’s religious festivals are a window into its soul. The Feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, celebrated on August 15th, is a grand spectacle drawing thousands of pilgrims and tourists to Tinos. The streets of Tinos Town come alive with processions, music, and a sense of unity as worshipers honor the Virgin Mary.

Tinos is also a culinary delight, offering a taste of authentic Greek cuisine. Traditional tavernas serve up mouthwatering dishes such as fresh seafood, grilled meats, and local specialties like “kolokythokeftedes” (zucchini fritters) and “louza” (cured pork). Pair these delights with local wines and spirits for a true taste of Tinos.

In conclusion, Tinos Island is a hidden gem in the Aegean Sea, offering a captivating blend of natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, history buff, or simply seeking an authentic Greek experience, Tinos has something to offer. Its pristine beaches, rugged mountains, ancient sites, and warm-hearted locals create a tapestry of experiences that will leave a lasting impression on all who venture to this enchanting Greek island.

Highlights

  • Distance : 28 km

  • Moderate Difficulty

  • Altitude : 430m ascend & descent

Total Duration

  • 5 hours

Full description

A cycling adventure in Tinos Island that traverses diverse landscapes and connects two different seas. The journey commences in Tinos Town, also known as Chora, and heads north towards the enchanting Kolimbithra beach, passing through charming villages, ancient dovecotes, and the fertile valley of Komi.

Setting off from Tinos Town, we follow the historic main road towards Pirgos, encountering the picturesque villages of Mountados, Karia, and Tripotamos nestled below the majestic Mount Exombourgo. The route then leads us to Kambos, where we are treated to breathtaking views of the mountainous scenery. Descending further, we arrive at Smardakito, near the renowned valley adorned with ornate dovecotes. From there, we embark on a pleasant dirt track that guides us to Agia Marina, a crossroad offering captivating vistas of the island’s northern and southern coasts.

Continuing our journey, we navigate minor roads that lead us to Komi, a vibrant central village in the area. As we pedal through the fertile valley of Komi-Kaloni, we savor the surrounding natural beauty before finally reaching the tranquil bay of Kolimbithra, where our cycling expedition culminates.

Route description:

(Tinos town, Mountados, Karia, Tripotamos, Kambos, Valley of the Dovecotes, Agia Marina, Komi, Kolimbithra beach)

Includes

  • Experienced Guide

  • Bike & equipment

  • First aid kit

Limitations

  • Age Limit 16+

Itinerary

  • Starting time 9:30
  • End of activity 14:30

Meeting point

Chora Tinos

Cancellation Policy - Flexible

  • Whenever you cancel 4 days or earlier than the confirmed activity starting date, your fee will be refunded for the entire activity charge.
  • In case of cancellation within 48 and 96 hours before the scheduled activity starting date, you'll get 50% reimbursed.
  • Those who cancel 48 hours or beyond are considered last-minute cancellations. There will be no refunds

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