Photo courtesy of Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation
With more than 60 classic Cycladic villages on Tinos, it’s hard to pick a favorite. The largest, Pyrgos (or Panormos), is the hub of the island’s marble sculpture, a tradition that dates back centuries. Every doorway and lintel is decorated with carved flowers and birds, and the street signs and even the bus stop are solid marble. In the square, cooled by a jingling spring and giant plane tree, all the cafés claim to serve the best galaktoboureko (wobbly custard enveloped in syrupy phyllo). There are three intriguing museums dedicated to marble crafts: the home of celebrated sculptor Giannoulis Chalepas, the Tinian Artists Museum, and the excellent, interactive Museum of Marble Crafts. But the elaborate tombstones in the cemetery are the best and most moving examples of local artistry.
By Rachel Howard, AFAR Local Expert
Panormos 842 01, Greece