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Tinos Accommodation Greece Greek Hotels

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Tinos has a good variety of accommodation to cater for the thousands of Greek pilgrims who flock to the island each year. It's vital to book well in advance if you're visiting during one of the four mass pilgrimages which take place during the year. Weekends during the summer months are also busy with Greek visitors coming here from the mainland.

Greek Orthodox pilgrims flock to Tinos in droves during the four major festivals associated with the holy icon enshrined in the Church of Panagia Evangelistria. The icon depicts the Virgin Mary and is widely believed to have miraculous healing powers. The mass pilgrimages take place on January 30th, the anniversary of the finding of the icon, March 25th, the Feast of the Annunciation of Mary, July 23rd which is the anniversary of the nun's vision and August 15th, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.

If you arrive in Tinos during any of these festivals without having booked a hotel room, you might find yourself camping out in the streets along with hundreds of the Greek faithful.

The town has plenty of hotels of all standards from top quality A category hotels to cheap and cheerful pension style accommodation and domatia (rooms to let). All the island's main beaches are flanked by hotels, there are self catering villas and apartment to rent and a good camp site just outside Tinos Town.

One of the best places to stay in the town itself is stylish Hotel Tinion at the southern end of the waterfront near the roundabout. It's a grand old building dating back to the 1920s but thanks to a recent renovation programme it now provides B category modern facilities at a reasonable price. The hotel retains its old world charm with marble floors, carved walnut beds and dark polished wood.

About two kilometres from town on the road to Porto you'll find one of the island's finest hotels the A category Alonia which is not a particularly interesting looking building but it boasts excellent facilities including a superb restaurant and swimming pool. The locals frequent the restaurant which serves an innovative range of home made dishes and affords wonderful views of the sea and surrounding countryside. Guests can enjoy the island's biggest freshwater pool, set in beautiful landscaped gardens with lawns and mature trees (a welcome change from the usual foot burning cement).

The popular resort of Porto in the south east corner of the island also has an A category hotel the Porto Tango where former Greek prime minister Andreas Papandreou used to stay. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, pool, sauna and exercise room.

One of the best known hotels on the island is the Tinos Beach at Kionia, to the north west of Tinos Town. The hotel is by the sea and has top class facilities including two swimming pools, two tennis courts and shops. Many of the bedrooms have magnificent sea views. There are also suites and bungalows to rent.

Nearby Myrtia Studios is one of the best apartment complexes on the island. The complex is just 400 metres from the beach and provides all the comfort and freedom of self catering accommodation with the convenience of hotel facilities. All rooms have a kitchen, balcony with sea view, air conditioning and satellite TV. On site facilities include a restaurant, café, bar and internet access. Room service is also available.

For a flavour of traditional Greek life, try one of the many houses available for rent in the inland villages. Book direct from the owners (some advertise on line) or through a local travel agent.

Tinos Camping, near Agios Fokas a ten minute walk south of the town, is a lovely site with good facilities including a kitchen, laundry, showers, restaurant and bar. Minibuses meet campers off the ferries.