The island of Tinos has great religious importance for Greece, due to its beautiful church of the Annunciation of the Virgin that is found in the capital. This church is considered as the patron church of all Greece and the icon of the Virgin in it is believed to be miracle working.
Thousands of pilgrims come every year on Tinos to knee this Holy Icon and pray. Every year, on August 15th, there is a grand festival to honor this church, the greatest religious festival in the country. A Holy Mass is carried with much glory and the miraculous icon is toured around the town and the harbor, over the heads of the pilgrims. To show their faith, many people walk on their knees from the port to the church.
Apart from an island with religious character, Tinos is also a lovely summer destination. The busiest beach on Tinos is Agios Ioannis Porto, with crystal beaches and luxurious hotels close by. Other popular beaches are Agios Sostis and Agios Markos, with long and sandy coasts. Beaches on the northern side of the island are quiet and remote, even in summer.
Villages on Tinos are mostly mountainous and have few inhabitants. They are known for their rocky surroundings, beautiful churches with tall bell towers and dovecotes that dot the landscape. These dovecots are characteristic of the island.