Ferries to Tinos depart from two of the main Athens ports, Rafina and Piraeus.
Getting to any of these ports can easily be arranged since both ports can be reached by public transportation.
There are several departures during the day from both starting points although, Rafina port definitely has a much wider variety of crossings.
With the first one starting from Rafina port at 07:15am, numerous crossings during the day and the last one late in the afternoon. The duration of the trip depends on the selected type of ferry as highspeed ferries (Sea Jets, Golden Star ferries) arrive approximately in 2 hours and conventional ferries (Fast ferries, Golden star ferries) in about 3,5-4 hours.
On the other hand, there’s one daily crossing from Piraeus port at 07:30am with a conventional ferry of Blue Star ferries company, where you will reach your destination in about 4,5 hours.
Tinos is a spectacular resort, located on the northern part of the Cyclades famous for its natural beauty, pristine beaches and developed infrastructure. The picturesque island is famous for its bewitching landscapes and the Panagia evangelistra church, widely known throughout the world. Striking with the beauty of its external and internal decoration, an art gallery with the works of local painters. Another interesting attraction would be visiting the archaeological museum, which has many captivating finds, ancient kitchen utensils, household and cultural items.
In case you are a folk art enthusiast you should visit the Marble Art Museum, located just beyond Pyrgos, dedicated to the local history of marble, the value of materials on the island and the difficulties faced by the local craftsmen over the years.
For sport enthusiasts there’s a great option of visiting Kolibithra, a very well-organized beach where surfing lessons are offered as well with many other fascinating water sports.
Last but not least you shouldn’t miss for the world to taste the local cuisine.The Greek culinary art is majorly popular throughout the world as it is dominated by fresh local products and a huge variety of dishes. You’ll be able to find many traditional and luxurious restaurants by the port so find one of your choosing and make sure to try a little bit of everything.
All you have to do is visit Tinos and believe it or not, the island itself will do rest of the work in order to turn your holidays into a dream come true.
Travelling by ferry is an incredible way of starting your vacation early as there is no better way of relaxing than watching the crystal-clear water around you and gazing the sun.
On a few occasions depending on the type of ferry you might be able to enjoy your trip right on deck, read a book or even sunbathe for a bit.
Otherwise, keep in mind that there are a few shops on board from where you could get a few souvenirs or even enjoy a cup of coffee, grab a bite at the restaurants and lounges.
On your way to your destination you’ll get a chance to appreciate the few-minute stops while passengers embark and disembark which will give you a bit of time to cherish other islands charm.
One of them surely is Syros island which is considered to be an architectural gem.
Widely known for the Venetian architecture, white-washed houses, azure waters and splendid landscapes will leave you amazed.
If you have the need to explore a bit more the rest of the islands keep in mind that you will easily be able to get to a few of them such as Santorini, Syros, Paros, Naxos, Mykonos, Kythnos, Kea, Ios and Andros.