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Tinos Beaches Greece Greek Holiday Destinations

Tinos has a good range of beaches and the great thing about them is that they never suffer from the over crowding of the more commercialised Cycladic islands. You can find long stretches of golden sand, pebble beaches and pretty secluded coves which attract few tourists, even at the height of the season.

If you're staying in Tinos Town you can swim off the rocks at the harbour front if you just fancy a quick dip to cool off. But for a day at the beach head a short distance north west of the town to Kionia or east to the resort of Porto.

Kionia Beach is tourist orientated with the Tinos Beach Hotel, rooms to let and numerous tavernas lining the seafront. Leisure activities include windsurfing and pedaloes and for those who prefer to just relax on the beach there are sun shades and beds available for hire.

Walk beyond the hotel along an unpaved road and you'll come to a series of sandy coves. One of these coves is home to the Gastrion Cave which has Byzantine inscriptions on the entrance walls. Kionia is also home to the ancient Sanctuary of Apollo and Amphritite (his sea nymph consort) where a 4th century BC temple, baths and a hostel for ancient pilgrims have been excavated. Buses run from Tinos Town to Kionia every hour in high season.

Porto and Agios Sostis are both popular beaches in the south east corner of the island, four kilometres east of Tinos Town. If you're renting a car or moped you'll be able to find some lovely secluded beaches on the east side of the island (to the north of Porto) by making your way along the tracks which lead down to the sea from the village of Steni.

The beaches closest to Tinos Town are Stavros Beach (a 70 metre stretch of sand to the west) and Agios Fokas to the east but both are fairly "touristy" and don't rank among the island's best.

The sandy beaches of Kardiani, 20 kilometres north west of Tinos Town at the foot of the mountains, are better and less crowded. Or try Agios Romanos (between Kionia and Kardiani) where secluded coves are flanked by pines and palms.

On the north side of the island lies windswept Kolimbithra Bay, at the end of the valley which runs down to the sea from the village of Komi. There are two sandy beaches here one is wild and totally unspoilt (a stopping point for flamingoes en route to Africa in the spring) while the other has rooms to let and taverns. The sometimes violent meltemi north wind can be a problem here it can suddenly whip up without warning, making a day at the beach decidedly uncomfortable.

Panormos, in the north west corner of the island, has a lovely small beach and the drive out from Tinos takes you through some stunning scenery.

Take a snorkel with you to explore the wonderful variety of flora and fauna to be found in these crystal clear waters.

All the main beaches are well served with tavernas serving traditional Greek fare and many offer deliciously fresh fish caught in local waters.