Early this morning, we transfer to Rafina Port to catch our ferry to Tinos (standard ferry, 07:50 - 11:35 AM, or similar). Tinos is the one of the biggest islands of the Cyclades at approximately 195 sq. km. Tinos’ was originally known as Hydroussa and Offiousa, because it had an abundance of water (hydor) and snakes (ofis). In a famous Greek myth, Poseidon freed the island of snakes and as a sign of gratitude, the islanders worshipped the him and his wife, the water nymph, Amphitrite. Today, the island has around 10,000 inhabitants spread out among 52 villages and the main town of Chora. Tinos is known for its windmills and dovecotes, which were built during the Venetian occupation and no two are alike. Their purpose was pigeon/dove-farming for their meat.
From the dock, head to the picturesque village of Pyrgos to learn about the renowned green marble of Tinos and see small marble workshops. Take a short walk to Panormos for lunch and a swim before returning to your hotel. In the evening visit the church and monastery before having dinner in town.