Villas by the Sea
BALLOS, TINOS ISLAND
2' WALK TO THE SEA
Summer with a View
BALLOS, TINOS ISLAND
PHOS is the Greek word for “light”
Just a 2-hour ferry ride from bustling Athens lies a small paradise called Phos Villas. The 3 villas are located in a secluded cove called Ballos, just 6km away from Chora, the main town of Tinos.
Named after ancient greek gods and goddesses whose names relate to the different times of the day—Eōs (Dawn), Hélios (Sun) and Seléne (Moon)—each of our two-story villas comes with excellent views to the Aegean Sea and can host up to six guests; ideal, therefore for families and groups of friends.
Holidays in Ballos, Tinos
Ballos cove (aka Vourni) with the wonderful beach and the crystalline waters is only a two-minute walk via a private path. After a refreshing plunge, taverna “Bianco” offers shade and quality local cuisine.
Don’t miss Aghia Thalassini (Saint of the Sea), the small chapel marking the views to the other side of the cove
Knowing what we stand for and what to expect, it is now time for you to experience what we have carefully been planning for you these past few years – the setting for dreamy vacations!
The hand-made Island
This enchanting yet still unknown Cycladid island offers more than religious pilgrimage. At the “hand-made Tinos,” as philosopher Kastoriadis once called it, you may also enjoy unspoiled architecture, picturesque villages, beautiful beaches, local food and wine and a traditional culture and way of living.
These man-made pigeon towers can be spotted all over the island. Tinian craftsmen used the slate as a building material, and the dovecote as a canvas to imprint excellent examples of folk art and their own architectural point of view.
Tinos, with its marble-abundant quarries, has a rich heritage in marble craftsmanship and has produced some of the greatest modern masters of the craft, like Yannoulis Chalepas. Don’t miss the Museum of Marble Crafts, dedicated to this rich tradition and definitely worth a visit.
Tinos is full of villages with their picturesque houses and mansions, their outdoor sculptures, fertile plains and whitewashed chapels. Those villages can be found in three different parts of the island: Pano Meria, Kato Meria and Exo Meria. Each village has its own notable history and it is worth discovering them one by one.
The best way to become acquainted with a place is on foot and Tinos has more than 150 km of hiking trails to help you get to know its various aspects: its impressive geological formations, traditional villages, famous marble quarries, award winning cuisine and of course the old footpaths themselves, which, along with the infinite kilometres of dry stone walls justify the belief that Tinos is a hand-made island. www.tinostrails.com
According to mythology, the lunar landscape of Volax are the remnants of a legendary battle between the gods and the giants, while geologists believe that they where formed twenty million years ago with the changes in temperature and humidity. The granite rocks of Volax extended over an area twenty km in the triangle between Livada, Falatados and Exomvourgo. There you will witness one of the most impressive sights of Tinos.
For those really looking to delve into the flavoursome island life, there is also the annual Tinos Food Paths event. Each May islanders and visitors alike gather for a trail around the island which brings those involved to the best gastronomic spots. Highlights included cuttlefish cooked in its ink with noodles, Tinos gooseberry and fresh herbs and sweet lamb with Aegean pumpkin. Hard to resist. But if you’ve missed Food Paths this year, fear not. Tinos’ sumptuous culinary offering is guaranteed to enthral all year round.
This “Aeolian Island” could be nothing else but the playground for surf lovers. Strong winds, properly orientated beaches (with Kolibithra and Livada being the best) and big waves, being there only to invite, challenge and give you surf lessons if needed. The island has a coastline of 114km, you will surely find your favorite but yet undiscovered spot and enjoy Tinos Surf.
Photos by Φωτογρά…φως