Tilos is a quiet island with few inhabitants and a genuine atmosphere. It
is great for relaxing and spending a nice, romantic holiday without high
demands on nightlife and lots of activities and facilities.
The locals live traditionally off fishing, some farming and
stock-breeding, and to a certain extent tourism. Some speak English,
others don't but they are friendly and warm and like to make you feel
Tilos History :Tilos was, according to
mythology, the nephew of the men that educated god Zeus during his
upbringing on Crete. He desperately sought for a cure for his sick
mother, and after traveling widely, he finally found some herbs on this
island that made his mother well. He then returned to the island and
built temples to
Poseidon and became their priest.
There is archaeological evidence that the Minoans, Cretans, had a
settlement on this island around 1500 BC. It was a member of the
Athenian League in the 5th century BC, and was conquered by the Romans
in the 1st century BC.
The Knights of Rhodes took over the island in 1306, and was occupied by
the Turks in the 16th century. The locals would then live up in the
mountains to protect themselves from pirates and enraged Turks, and did
not move further down until the 19th century.
In 1912 the island belonged to Italy, and there were also German
soldiers here during the last two years of World War II. It became part
of Greece in 1948.
Tilos became suddenly very popular in the summer of 2008 when the mayor
of the island permitted the marriages of homosexuals in Tilos.
What to See : The 15th century
monastery Agios Panteleimon is abandoned, but worth a visit, since it is
very beautiful and has some interesting icons.
You can also visit the Castle of the Knights, where the Knights of St.
John had a base in the 15th century.
There are many little churches on the island, and the church of the
Archangel Michael is probably the best known. It is situated in Megalo
Chorio. One of the main attractions of the island is the Park of
Tilos with many areas of amazing flora and fauna. Another
interesting place is the cave of Charkadio where the visitor can see
remains from the dwarves Elephants that lived on the island 45000 years
ago. The fossilized bones where first discovered in the 70's. The
dwarves Elephants disappeared from Tilos island 4000 years ago.
What to Do
:The island is very quiet, but a lot of people like windsurfing, fishing
and snorkelling here. Taking walks in the dramatic and wonderful nature
is also quite popular, but don't forget to bring water with you. Visit
the museums with the prehistoric remains next to the Charkadio
cave where there are on display fossilized bones of Elephants, deer and
turtles 70 centuries old.
Tilos Beaches :There are both
pebble and sand beaches on Tilos. You can find your own little bay if
you like walking, but most people prefer to go to the ones that are more
accessible. Eristos Beach is sandy beach with lovely surroundings.
Nudists go to Lethra beach, but is not exclusively for them.
Nightlife:You'll find a few bars
in Livadia, and there is even a disco that opens during high season.
Otherwise, it is a very quiet island.
Food in Tilos :The food
served on Tilos is traditional, good Greek food. Ask for mezedakia,
small dishes, and try out some of the local specialities.
Shopping :The local stores sell
traditional souvenirs, as well as handmade ceramics and textile. There are
also a few local sweets you could bring home, as well as wine and honey.
Getting Around If you don't
want to rent a moped or walk, there are a couple of taxis in Tilos and a
boat that can take you to some of the beaches
Getting There :Most people
that travel to Tilos prefer to fly to Rhodes Greece and take a boat from
there. Another alternative is to take a flight to Athens, and take a
ferry boat from Piraeus. There are not daily ferry connections with
these places, so be sure you leave in good time for your departure. If
it gets windy the boats are cancelled!!!
|Facts about Tilos*
||Tilos Phone numbers*
|Size: 63 sq. km
||International code: 0030
|Population: c. 300
||Local code: 22410
|Internet cafe: no
||Tourist Office:43310, 53259
||Port Police: 44350
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