1. ROUTE OF MARBLE (MARBLE WORKSHOP)
The aim of the three-day-workshop is to get acquainted with the principles of the marble art and craft, the material, the tools and the design. At the end of the workshop you will take your personal creation (a fanlight) back home.
In 1955, the School of Fine Arts was established in Pyrgos, due to the tradition of the island in the marble craftsmanship. Since then, most of its graduates have worked in all the major archaeological sites of Greece such as the Parthenon, the Delphi and the Temple of Apollo Epicurius. Their contribution has been extremely important. One of them will teach you how we choose the block of the marble, the tools, elementary design and synthesis and they will be there, guiding and supervising you till you have accomplished your own work of art.
The courses start at 10.00 and last four (4) hours at least. After the workshop, we head to the beaches and restaurants to enjoy swimming and the local cuisine as well.
Cost 210 euros. In price, it is included the course,the escort-interpreter, coffee or soft drinks, ouzo and meze.
2. ROUTE OF GASTRONOMY
On the route of gastronomy, you will get familiar with the wide range of local delicacies the Tinian cuisine can offer.
You will discover the local cheese in a brand-new dairy where you will taste the ‘’ tiraki’’, the gruyere, the ‘’kopanisti (creamy spicy cheese) and several other varieties and experimentations of the cheese maker
On the foothill of Tsiknias, the highest mountain of Tinos, Aggeliki discovered a forgotten old recipe. So, she made ‘’kariki’’, a kind of cheese tasting like roquefort, parmigiana and stilton that matures in a pumpkin. Will you have some?
Next, we head to the unique Livada beach for a swim and we end up at Theresa’s for cooking and lunch.
DELI MEATS PRODUCERS
Processed pork products have been a traditional kind of food that dates back to the era of the Venetian rule. People used to keep and grow pigs as they provided meat for the whole family through the whole year. Luckily, some of them still do and through the ages they have invented a lot of ways of processing the pork meat with delicious results. Louza, ham, sissyro and syglino, sausages and salsis, are all local products that you will have the opportunity to taste and accompany them with raki, wine or a special pilsner beer made in Tinos, awarded for its excellent quality.
Modern vineyards and wineries couldn’t be absent from an island where viticulture has always been one of the main pursuits of the locals. Potamissi, white and red, koumariano, aspradi and gdoura (all of them are old varieties of grapes) gave wines mostly red which were known and traded all over the Mediterranean. It is not by chance that the most important shrine of the orthodox world, the Annunciation church of Our Lady in Tinos, is built on the ruins of the ancient Temple of Dionysus, god of wine.
Cost from 210 euros. In price it is included the escort-guide, coffee or soft drinks, supper and beverages (menu) in the tavernas of the villages. You will have a swim at a remote beach. Transfer is not included. Cars are necessary. Departure at 10.30 daily, return at 18.30. Special price for the children.
3. ROUTE OF ARCHITECTURE
Three days are perhaps barely enough for someone who wants to get an idea about the rich architectural artistry of Tinos. The three-day -route includes visits to three picturesque and traditional villages where you will have the opportunity to see arches, fountains and caves, to enter old stone-built houses and imagine the life of family in the past.
Reaching the village of the dovecotes one can see these wonderful monuments of another period which relate to the daily life and nutritional habits of the dwellers. How were they built? Who decorated them? Why?
Another characteristic of the scenery is the number of the chapels. Small or large, plain or elaborate, there are approximately 750 all over Tinos, and they are directly connected with the religious feeling of the locals, both orthodox and catholic. They decorate in a unique way the valleys and hills of the island, and we will be able to learn a lot about the religious customs and rituals of the inhabitants.
Cost from 210 euros. In price it is included the escort-guide, coffee or soft drinks, supper and beverages (menu) in the tavernas of the villages. You will have a swim at a remote beach. Transfer is not included. Cars are necessary. Departure at 10.30 daily, return at 18.30. Special prices for the children.