Through a hiking trails network that exceeds 150 kilometers, you will discover an authentic, unexplored island of the Cyclades, hospitable and impressive all year round!
Tinos is the third largest island of the Cyclades, in the Aegean Sea, in Greece. For many years it was hiding its secrets, those that make it unique… till the development of Tinos Trails! Tinos Trails has revealed the old footpaths, giving access through hiking to all the unexplored sides of the island: the impressive geological formations, the unique traditional villages, the famous marble quarries, the award winning cuisine and of course the old footpaths themselves, which, along with the infinite kilometers of dry stone walls justify the belief that Tinos is the hand-made island!
When should i come?
In Tinos you can hike all year round. Spring and Autumn are considered to be the best seasons to hike due to the mild temperatures and the vivid colours of the land and vegetation. In winter it is also possible to hike, but you should expect a few showers, strong and cold winds and muddy trails. In summer (July, August) it is too hot to walk. However, if you try it, avoid walking between 12pm to 4pm.
What equipment do i need?
Hiking boots, hat, sunscreen, long trousers, walking poles are considered essential. It is also advisable not to walk alone and to always keep with you a first aid kit. A torch, and a well charged mobile phone are also advisable.
Good hiking maps of Tinos, featuring all the trails are sold on many points on the island.
-Take only memories, leave only footprints! Ants and other insects or animals have not yet discovered how to consume plastic. Take all rubbish back with you.
-Don’t start a fire if you feel cold! Try to walk faster!
-Smoking on the trail will not help in anything! Nor you, nor the risk of fire!
-Local people are not a tourist sight! If you want to take a picture, kindly ask. They will certainly smile to you!
-If you find a door on the trail, pass freely, and leave it as you found it!
-Stay on the trail. There is a reason why for many centuries people chose to walk on them and not elsewhere!
Is there any dangerous wildlife?
Incidents with wildlife are relatively rare in Tinos. The only dangerous species that you might encounter are vipers. In spring, summer and fall, you should be careful while walking. In case you encounter a snake, stay calm and take a long detour around it to continue. You should absolutely not try to scare it. Snakes never attack humans, unless one threatens them from a very close distance. In case you get bitten, stay as calm as possible and, with someone’s help, go directly to the medical center. It is strongly advisable that you never walk alone!