Traveling to Greece during the peak summer months can be an expensive, busy, and crowded vacation, particularly if you frequent the two most popular islands in the country, Mykonos and Santorini.
At the recommendation of a local, I visited Tinos, an island well-known to Greeks and about a 30-minute ferry ride from Mykonos. While similarly located in the Cyclades, Tinos feels like a completely different world.
The island has a breathtaking landscape, untouched beaches, and historic Greek villages built into the mountainsides, all at a fraction of the cost of Mykonos and Santorini, even during the peak summer season.
Most vacationers heading to the islands in Greece usually end up at one of two destinations: Mykonos and Santorini.
While both islands have their charms, they’ve undoubtedly become tourist traps, with overbooked hotels, overpriced restaurants, and beaches and sights packed with cruise-shippers and holiday makers all summer long.
But Greece has 6,000 islands in total, many of which are even more beautiful, a fraction of the price, and, best of all, relatively untouched by international tourists.
At the recommendation of a Greek local, I recently headed to Tinos, an island of 9,000 people about a 30-minute ferry ride from Mykonos. While Tinos is located in the Cyclades, like Mykonos and Santorini, it feels oceans away.
Rather than resorts that tend to your every desire, packed nightclubs, and hip — some might say prententious — restaurants and bars, Tinos is filled with breathtaking landscapes, historic Greek villages, a cuisine built on fresh, local ingredients, and beaches dotted with thatch-huts and a single van selling cheap drinks and snacks.
For those looking for a taste of classic Cycladic life, Tinos might as well be paradise.
I had planned on only staying for two days in Tinos. I ended up staying for five.
Here’s what it’s like:
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Source:: Business Insider