Tinos

Cyclades

Details to come

The Pretty Good Guide

  • map
  • where to eat
  • local beaches
  • to-do
  • phone numbers
  • important
  • transport to greece
  • transport in greece
  • boat hire

Pretty good recommendations

Paleta Fish Taverna

Panormos Port

Fresh fish and Greek kitchen dishes on a relaxing atmosphere and fair prices.

Tel: (+30) 22830 31930

www.tinos.biz/paleta/index-en.html

 

Dough & Shaker Pizza

Pyrgos

A great place for fresh pasta, pizza and cocktails. Every dish is prepared by the owners right at the moment of the order.

Tel:(+30) 2283 031119

www.doughandshaker.com
www.facebook.com/doughandshaker/

 

 

Limanaki Fish Taverna

Panormos Port

A family owned taverna, serving fresh fish and traditional dishes right on the sea shore.

Tel:(+30) 2283 031585

www.facebook.com/TO-LIMANAKI-273520322685576/
www.limanaki.eu

 

 

Thalassaki Taverna

Ormos Isternia

One of the most renowned tavernas in the Cyclades. Although a bit pricey, the food experience is not to be missed with an impeccable spot near the sea.

Tel: (+30) 2283 031366

www.facebook.com/pages/Θαλασσ?κι/203682043004024

 

 

Maistros Taverna

Panormos Port

It Is known for its fresh fish. Yiannis the owner is also a fisherman providing fresh seafood all year round.

Tel: (+30) 2283 031280

www.facebook.com/maistrostinos

 

Shopping

At Panormos village there is a grocery shop.
At Pyrgos village there is a butcher, well-stocked supermarket, bakery and a pharmacy.

 

Keep an eye out for our trusted mark in the windows of restaurants, bars and tarvenas. This sticker reveals places we highly recommend, so you dont miss out on any local secrets.

Pretty local beaches

Pretty good things to do

Panormos

Panormos is a beautiful fishing village on the north of the island which has a picturesque natural port and fish restaurants by the sea. It is the haven of Pyrgos and one of the most beautiful destinations in Tinos.
This coastal settlement used to be one of the two major ports of the island, a transshipment center in the past century. Dozens of small boats arriving used to transfer goods from Exo Meria to Panormos and wheat from Greece and abroad, necessary for the windmills to grind.
Nowadays, the port can accommodate small fishing and tourist boats. You can swim in the nearby clean sandy beaches (Aghia Thalassa, Kavalourko, Rochari) and enjoy a delicious meal with fresh fish at the tavernas, while looking at Planitis with its ruined lighthouse.

 

Pyrgos

Pyrgos is the largest village in Tinos, after Chora. Most visitors distinguish it from other villages and regard it not just as very beautiful, but as an outdoor museum of folk art as well, which preserves the traditional Cycladic architecture.
It has many gorgeous creations made of marble and gives the feeling of elegance, artistry and human inspiration. While strolling through the picturesque streets you can admire the marble decorations around the windows, the lintels with a variety of decorative motifs, the fountains and the School of Fine Arts, from which famous Greek sculptors graduated.

 

Giannoulis Chalepass Museum

Giannoulis Chalepas was a very famous sculptor who was born in Tinos. After his death (1851-1938) his house became a museum hosting many personal items and sculptures.

Tel: (+30) 22830 31262

 

Museum of Marble Crafts

A truly unique and very interesting experience. The museum presents the technology of marble, a material that holds a particular place in the architecture and art of Greece from antiquity through to the present. Tinos used to be the most important marble carving center of modern Greece.

 

Pretty useful phone numbers

General

Pretty Greek Villas:
Tel: (+30) 2696 061414 or (+30) 211 7803203

 

 

Health

Medical Centre:
Tel: (+30) 2283 022210

 

 

Emergency

Police:
Tel: (+30) 2283 023670

 

 

Pretty important

Toilets

Greece sewerage operates on a septic tank which is the reason for the seas being so clean. However, this means that you CANNOT put any toilet paper, sanitary towels or baby nappies down the toilet. If you do, it can cause serious blockage requiring a plumber. Please remember to put all paper etc in the bin provided next to the toilet. We do not like to deduct from a security deposit but if the plumber is called and it is because paper has been put into the toilet during your stay, the cost of the repair will need to be deducted from your security deposit.

 

Suntan lotions

Some suntan lotions and oils contain a dye that leaves a permanent orange stain on towels, linens and pool liners. Please avoid using these suntan products because most villa owners will now request to deduct from the security deposit in order to replace items that have been dyed. When using the pool, please shower before entering.

 

Water

In this area the tap water is not drinkable – it is fine though for cooking, washing and brushing your teeth. Since water is scarce in the summer in Greece, please use only what you need. Bottled water should be used for drinking.

 

Air-conditioning

If your villa has air-conditioning, please close all doors and windows when in use. Some villas have a system where if a door or window is left open, the air-con will not work so please check this first if you are experiencing problems.

 

Hot water

The hot water system for most villas is on an immersion system. This means you need to switch on the boiler for the water to be heated. The switch will be in the main electricity panel of the house and usually is turned on for your arrival. It is easy by mistake to turn this off during your stay, so if you find that you do not have hot water then please check the electricity panel first.

 

Dishwasher

Most villas will have a dishwasher. Please rinse plates before putting them inside. Some areas of Greece (such as Porto Heli) have a very high salt level in the water so dishwashers do not work very well and you may find that glasses and cutlery are smeared.

 

Umbrellas

Greece can be very windy so we would be very appreciative if you could close any sun umbrellas at the villa when windy to avoid them breaking or flying away.

 

Animals

All villas are situated in the countryside so if screen doors or shutters have been fitted please use them so that unwanted animals don’t get inside the house. The villas are all thoroughly cleaned before arrival but it is still possible that you may see the odd spider, mice, rat, scorpion, cockroach, snake or lizard inside. If you do and think it is a problem, please let us know so that we can deal with it straightaway. Wasps – it is impossible to know in advance whether wasps are going to be prevalent in a particular location or not. If you do find that wasps are a nuisance, burning Greek coffee on a plate seems to keep them away.

 

Siesta Time

For villas that are situated within villages and towns, the siesta hours are 14:30hrs – 17:30hrs. During this time, please try to make as little noise as possible.

 

Shop & Bank Opening Hours

Large chain supermarkets (such as AB, Galaxias, Carrefour) are open Monday to Saturday from around 08:30hrs – 20:45hrs. Closed on Sundays.
Most other shops are open as follows:
Monday: 08:03hrs – 13:30hrs
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs & 17:30hrs – 20:30hrs
Saturdays and Sundays: On most islands, shops are open 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs & 17:30hrs – 20:30hrs. However, in traditional places frequented mainly by Greeks you will find that shops will be open on Saturdays until 13:30hrs and closed on Sundays.
Banks vary but are generally open from 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs. Some banks stay open for an hour or two longer.
Bakeries and mini-markets tend to be open every day.

 

Taxis and Porters

Taxis, porters and car hire are not included in the price of your villa. Please settle up directly with your driver, porter or car hire representative. When departing from your villa, if you require a taxi or porter, please ring or email us 24-48hrs in advance to arrange.
If you pre-book a taxi and do not notify us to cancel it, we will deduct this from your security deposit. Please note that we need to receive the cancellation in writing 24 hrs at least before the time you have booked the taxi. For airport transfers, we need at least 1 month’s notice in July/August and at least 2 weeks notice in all other months so that your booking can be replaced.

 

Security

Greece is still generally a very safe country. However, when you are not at your villa please close windows and lock the doors.

 

Garbage

Please dispose of your garbage regularly because the high temperatures can attract vermin if left for too long. Unfortunately, very few areas of Greece have recycling so please put your rubbish in the nearest municipal bins (usually green). On Hydra, there are also lots of cats so please don’t leave rubbish bags outside.

 

Breakages

It is very rare for us to deduct money from a security deposit and we do not deduct money for the odd glass, cup or plate that might get broken. However, if you do happen to break or damage something please let us know.

 

Departure Time

At the end of your holiday, please vacate your villa by 10:00hrs unless we have agreed a later time with you. If the housekeeper is not there when you leave, please leave keys on dining table.

 

Transport to greece

There are various airlines operating flights directly into Mykonos. The following websites may be useful:

www.olympicair.com/549-en-gb.cmt 
en.aegeanair.com/ 
www.easyjet.com/en 
www.edreams.com

Three good websites for flights from the UK are

www.travelsupermarket.com  
www.flightcomparison.co.uk  
www.charterflights.co.uk
Easyjet also fly into Athens from various European airports: 
www.easyjet.com

For non-UK flights, a good website is 
www.edreams.com

Please contact one of the PGV team for advice about where to book flights.

Transport in greece

Athens Airport to Rafina Port

Pretty Greek Villas can pre-book a taxi transfer on your behalf. Taxis are payable at the same time as the balance for your villa. The taxi driver will wait for you in the Arrivals Hall of the Airport holding a sign with your name on it. If you cannot find the taxi driver please call our emergency number 0030 211 780 3203.

2020 Taxi Prices from Athens Airport to Rafina:

Type of TaxiPrice
Athens Taxi up to 4 passengers€55
Luxury Car 1-3 passengers€60
           Minibus up to 8 passengers€95
Minibus up to 14 passengers€145
Minibus up to 21 passengers€160

 

 

Athens Airport to Rafina Port

The drive time from Athens Airport to Rafina ferry port is 26 mins via the new Attiki Odos motorway.

 

The map below shows the layout of Rafina Port

 

 

For guests who are interested in booking car hire through Pretty Greek Villas from Athens Airport, please see price list below.

2020 Car Hire Rates Athens per week 
(please add Euro 20 for pick up/drop off at Athens Airport)
 

 

Group

 

Car Type

 

1/4 – 31/5

 

1/6 – 30/6

 

1/7 – 25/8

 

26/8 – 30/9

 

1/10 – 31/3

 

A

 

 

NISSAN Pixo

 

€133

 

€213

 

€326

 

€173

 

€115

 

B

 

 

HYUNDAI i10

 

€150

 

€225

 

€248

 

€184

 

€127

 

C

 

 

NISSAN Micra

 

€156

 

€242

 

€265

 

€196

 

€133

 

CD

 

 

FIAT Panda

Diesel

 

€265

 

€322

 

€357

 

€276

 

€225

 

D

 

 

NISSAN Note

 

€207

 

€288

 

€317

 

€225

 

€156

 

DD

 

 

TOYOTA Yaris

Diesel

 

€294

 

€363

 

€403

 

€305

 

€253

 

DDD

 

 

FORD Focus

Station wagon

 

€322

 

€391

 

€437

 

€345

 

€282

 

JD

 

 

FIAT 500X Diesel

 

€357

 

€414

 

€449

 

€391

 

€305

 

K

 

 

NISSAN TIIDA

 

€288

 

€368

 

€426

 

€311

 

€253

 

K1

 

AUDI A4

 

€322

 

€403

 

€449

 

€357

 

€294

 

KD

 

 

BMW 116 Diesel

 

€333

 

€460

 

€552

 

€403

 

€311

 

KDD

 

 

SKODA OCTAVIA

Diesel

 

€425

 

€541

 

€610

 

€472

 

€397

 

HD

 

NISSAN Qashqai Diesel 2X4

 

€449

 

€575

 

€644

 

€483

 

€403

 

GM

 

 

SKODA Citigo Automatic

 

€230

 

€322

 

€357

 

€265

 

€196

       
Athens Airport to Rafina Port

Taking the bus from Athens Airport to Rafina is straightforward.

The terminal for the KTEL Attikis buses is outside the Arrivals Hall opposite the Sofitel Hotel.
Tickets cost € 3.00 and the trip takes about 30 mins. KTEL Attikis telephone number: +30 210 88 08 000
Rafina Bus terminal telephone number: +30 22940 23440 
Website: www.ktelattikis.gr
 

 

Ferry from Rafina Port to Tinos

Ferry information can be found on the following websites:
www.danae.gr
www.agoudimos-lines.com/default.aspx?lang=en-US
www.fastferries.com.gr/en/home-page
travel.viva.gr/en/ferries

Mykonos Airport to Tinos

Mykonos Airport is about 4 kilometers away from the main town and you can get there quickly by taxi. Please keep in mind however that during peak season, you will need to allow for an extra 1⁄2 hour or so to your schedule to wait for a taxi. The taxi from the airport to the port is approx. 10 Euros. If you have purchased your boat tickets online, you will need to pick up your boat tickets from a Sea Jet agency. There is an agency, Sea & Sky Travel, situated right across the road from the entrance to the Old Port in Mykonos Town where the boat to Tinos departs.

High Speed catamaran takes between 15 – 40 min. from Mykonos to Tinos. Some useful websites are
www.danae.gr
www.greekferries.gr

http://www.seajets.gr

Hire a car in Tinos

Guests travelling from outside the EU need an international driving licence and their normal domestic driving licence in order to hire a car in Greece.

Our preferred car hire company on Tinos is Avance Car Hire. If you would like to book your car hire through Pretty Greek Villas, a representative of Avance would be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it as you leave the ferry/high-speed catamaran. Your hire car will be parked close by so you can complete all paperwork at the port. If you have any difficulties finding Avance on the port you can call our emergency number 0030 211 780 2111.