Tinos island with kids

Tinos is a lovely island in the Cyclades, just two hours of the coast of Athens. It’s a hidden gem, usually overlooked by tourists, who’d rather visit its neighbor, Mykonos. Tinos however features magnificent beaches, many traditional villages and amazing cuisine, so put it in the map!

 

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How to reach Tinos island

You can reach Tinos from Peiraeus port (next to Athens city) in 4,5 hours, or from Rafina port (near Athens) with the fast ferry in 2 hours or by ship in 3 hours and 50 minutes. 

 

Ideal time to visit

May-July and September-October are the best momths to visit Tinos with kids. August is too busy and too windy. 

 

Where to Stay in Tinos with kids

Tinos TreasuresA set of 4 modern apartments right on Ysternia bay, 100 m from the beach and next to one of the most picture-perfect villages of the island. Tinos Treasures features baby equipment, toys and lots of space, as well as breakfast, fully equipped kitchen and lovely views.

Golden Beach HotelRight on Agios Fokas beach, this hotel features fully equipped apartments, a lovely garden and an amazing farm-to-table restaurant for all your meals.

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Tinos Town

This is where the port is and locals will recommend the famous Saint Mary church. You can also wander in the quaint alleys with their shops, savour loukoumades (a local desert), ride your bicycles to the Elli Submarine monument, play in the playground and enjoy your dinner in family friendly “Mikro Karavi” restaurant.

 

 

The beaches

Ai Giannis: sandy, shallow, organized, hardly ever windy/wavy. 
Kalivia: Families love it, as it’s sandy with pristine waters, natural shade, lovely beach bars.
Rohari: Natural shade all the way to the coast. 
Agios Romanos: Sandy and with beach houses.
Giannaki bay: pebbles, a favorite among locals.
Santa Margarita: Not organized, small, with natural shade. It’s hard to reach, but the scenery is worth it 
Ysternia bay: Small, with shops, a restaurant and a beach bar, car free, perfect also for quiet evenings. 

 

 

Food

As you probably know, restaurants in the Cyclades know how to make you really love your foor. Same goes with Tinos. You’ll eat tasty and traditional dishes all over the island, but there are hidden treasures, too.

“Thalassaki” in Ysternia bay is a restaurant right on the quaint port, which blends creatively modern cuisine with great local ingredients. 

“Kounaria” in Aetofolia is ideal for home-cooked meals and free play.

“Horeftria” is the restaurant we recommend in beautiful Kabos, right after your visit to Tsoklis Museum.

“Apodrasi” in Steni village is ideal for meat lovers.

The quaint post of Panormos is where you’ll enjoy great seafood. 

“Dinos” at Giannaki bay is your spot if shrimp pasta is what you’re looking for.

 

 

More gems around the island

At Duo Choria village up the stairs and at the square at Komi village, you’ll enjoy breakfast under the shade. 

“Triantaraki” at Triantaros village is a lovely dining spot with a little playground next to it. 

“Platanos” traditional kafeneio is a must in famous Pyrgos village, where kids can climp the huge sycamore tree and enjoy gelato.

Also opt for a wine-tasting experience

 

 

Don’t leave Tinos before you…

Visit beautiful Pyrgos village to see the open-air sculpture museum.

Discover the dove-houses of Tinos, unique local crafts monuments that you can see in the hills of Tarabados, Agapi, Livada, Potamia and Kardiani villages.

Stop at the lovely Local Artists Museum in Tinos Town. 

Wander in picture-perfect moon-like Volax village, seeing locals weaving straw baskets.

Visit quaint Kardiani village perching over the Aegean overlooking Syros, Kea and Kythnos islands. 

Spend an afternoon at Nisos Brewery at Vagia, Vaptisti Winery in Steni and Τ-oinos in Exovourgo.

Visit Tinos Archeological Museum to see, among others, the marble sun clock by Andronikos found in Kionia.

 

 

See more islands:

Naxos with kids

Santorini with kids

Skyros with kids

Island hopping in Greece with kids

 

 

 

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