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Tilos Beaches Greece Greek Holiday Destinations

Tilos offers plenty of unspoilt and uncrowded beaches to choose from many of which can only be reached on foot. Many visitors come here specifically to walk but if you're more of a sun worshipper than a hiker you'll be able to reach even the most far flung beaches either by bus or water taxi.

The port town of Livadia has a tree lined pebble beach sweeping round the bay. The water is crystal clear, you'll encounter few fellow swimmers and there are plenty of waterfront tavernas where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch.

If you're feeling energetic take the trail from the western end of the port beach and walk for about an hour to the pebble bay at Lethra. An hour's walk south taking the trail which starts at the Tilos Mare Hotel takes you to Stavros Beach. Or follow the path from the cemetery and Chapel of Agios Pandelimon in Livadia to Tholos Beach on the south coast. A longer trail east along the coast from Livadia leads to the abandoned settlement of Yera and the nearby beach of Despoti Nero.

Regular buses run between Livadia and Eristos Beach which is one of the best on the island a long stretch of pink grey sand in a sheltered bay 2.5 kilometres south of the capital, Megalo Horio. The beach has a good local taverna, the Tropicana, and the Eristos Beach Hotel is right by the seafront. There's a nudist area at the far south end of the beach and two pretty secluded coves beyond the headland at Kavlaris.

You can also take a bus to Agios Antonios in the north of the island, a short drive west of Megalo Horio. There's a good taverna here the Dhelfini which is a popular eatery among the local fishermen. At low tide you can see the petrified remains of sailors thought to have been trapped in lava from the eruption of the nearby island of Nisyros in 600 BC. These eerie beach "rocks" were discovered by the archaeologists who unearthed the fossilised bones of midget elephants which inhabited the island until their extinction in 4,500 BC.

You'll find better swimming at remote Plaka Beach, three kilometres west of Agios Antonios. Backpackers tend to camp overnight here despite a total lack of facilities.

Ask about excursion boats around the island at one of the two travel agencies in the port. There's also a high speed inflatable which will take you to some of the more remote sections of coastline but it's on the pricey side.

Regular catamarans go from Livadia to Nisyros (35 minutes) if you want to see the still active volcano. You can make your way down a steep track to the floor of the main crater but don't wear rubber soled shoes because the surface is hot enough to melt them!