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Agapi

Officially, the name of this village is in the feminine gender, but everybody refers to it in the neutral. It took its name after the parish church of Agios Agapitos. It is one of the most untouched traditional villages of Tinos and it is worthwhile to take a walk through it. In Agapitos Filippousis Square, below the old Community office, you will find the old spring with its water running continuously from two marble spouts. At the other edge of the square there is a coffee shop and grocery shop. As you walk, you will meet one of the largest arches in Tinos, with the tables of a small coffee shop in its refreshing shade.    
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Arnados

This is one of the oldest villages of the island and dates back to the 13th-14th century. It has marble fountains, archways, and small coffee shops. The church of Analipsi (1908) is located at its centre, with a pebbled courtyard that provides a view as far as Mykonos.
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Aetofolia

A small village perched high on a slope that you will pass by when driving towards Koris Pyrgos. Previously, there were more settlements in the area, but now only the churches of Agia Triada and Panagia remain. 
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Volax

The small village of Volax was built in an impressive landscape of round granite stone. Granite was used to build the walls of its houses. Aesthetically pleasing signs will lead you to the small theater, to the fountain from 1886, to the Catholic church of Gennisi tis Theotokou (Nativity of the Virgin Mary) 1814) and to the folklore museum. There are basket-weaving workshops –a craft for which Volax was famous– and there are taverns that also serve coffee.    
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Dyo Choria

The stream that crosses the village used to split it into two parts –its name also originates from there. In the small square, on the street shaded by a large plane tree planted in the year 1885, there is the old spring. You will enjoy a boundless view from the central square with the springs and the small coffee shop.
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Kardiani

It is built on the southern slope of Mount Pateles, surrounded by vegetation, and offers a boundless view of the open sea. The houses with their marble decorations, the streets with their narrow archways, the churches, the springs, everything displays the excellent aesthetic principles of the people that lived and live here.
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Kalloni - Karkados

The old name of Kalloni was Kellia, which it obtained from the monks who lived in the area. It is a large village, with many modern changes to its architecture. The Catholic church of Agios Zacharias (1832) with the cobblestone court stands out at the centre, and opposite it there is a spring from the year 1857, with a skillfully crafted base in relief. Almost unified with Kalloni is Karkados, built on a stream surrounded by vegetation. It has become a point of reference because of the angled belltower of the church of Sotiras that resembles the … leaning tower of Pisa. Very close to those villages, you will find Komi and the beaches known as Kolimvithres (Megali Kolimvithra and Mikri Kolimvithra).    
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Kampos

As its name says, it is built on a fertile valley of the interior. In Kampos the Russian church of Agia Ekaterini stands out; it was built in the year 1771 in honour of Catherine the Great at the expense of Admiral Orlov. It has gardens, plots of farmland,and flowing water. Paths start out from the village towards Kionia, Smardakito, and Loutra.      
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Koumaros

The traditional settlement of Koumaros is considered to have been built during the Venetian rule. It is very clean and well-kept; it has pleasant old marble springs and whitewashed galleries. Its church, Metamorfosi, gained its current form in the year 1817. Typical of the village is the coffee shop of the Association that remains open all day long. What is original about it? It operates without any employees or a price list! For the coffee that you will prepare yourself, or the refreshments and the snacks, you can pay … whatever amount you wish.    
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The Catholic and the Orthodox churches of Ktikado compete with each other in beauty. The former, the church of Stavros, celebrates its feast day on September 14. Its artfully built bell tower dates back to 1621. The Orthodox church of Ypapanti (“Megalomata”, as it is called, because it has “large eyes and sees you wherever you go”) stands out for the magnificent marble entrance and the exceptional view from its courtyard. It celebrates its feast on February 2.
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Komi

A principal village that flourished when farming was still a profitable occupation, as you will understand when you see the old shops, the squares, and its large houses. In the beginning of the 20th century there was a factory canning tomato paste and processing tobacco that operated in Komi. The square is dominated by the Catholic church of Agios Ioannis Prodromos with its pebbled courtyard. Outside the church there are a coffee shop and the old spring of the village.      
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Smardakito

It is only 1 km from Tarampados and is a small and beautiful village. Going down the steps, you pass through orchards of fruit trees and you reach the square with the Catholic church of Saint Anthony of Padua. There is an old spring opposite it. According to what the locals say, its water is among the best in the whole island. There is a restaurant there.    
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Loutra

The village must have taken its name after the ancient baths that operated at its edge. It flourished during the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. Among the Cycladic white houses, the four-story building of the girls' school of the Ursulines stands out; it was built in the middle of the 19th century and in the beginning of the 20th century it had as many as 300 boarding students. Schools teaching carpet -making, sewing, and weaving operated. You
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Myrsini

It is close to Potamia and Steni and has a few permanent inhabitants. At its upper entrance, the Catholic church of Evangelismos stands out. Walking in the narrow alleys covered by archways, you will find wine and grocery stores.  
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Mountados

It stands out below the monastery of Kechrovouni and has a history of at least 1.000 years. The stream that passes through the village provides it with rich vegetation.
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Xinara

The former seat of the Municipality of Exombourgo hosts an unusual large building with a glass ceiling that used to house the services of the Municipality. The building adjoining the City Hall is the office of the Catholic Archbishopric. Walking around the small village, which is built among pine trees and palm trees on the slope of Xombourgo, you will see old houses with coats of arms above their doors. You will also see the two large Catholic churches: Panagia Rodariou, which was built between the years 1860-1870, and the Apostoles Peter and Paul (1836).    
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Potamia

It is 1km away from Steni and is a small and remote village with whitewashed houses, kept in good condition. A marble inscription, in the courtyard of the cathedral of Agia Karmela (the Virgin of Karmilos), informs visitors that the road that connected Potamia and Steni was opened only in the year 1976. The village is surrounded by dovecotes.    
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Pirgos- Panormos

Pirgos is an impressive village and the largest village of Tinos. The sculptures, the springs, and the reliefs that decorate houses and public spaces give it the appearance of an outdoor museum. In its square, which is always full of visitors during the summer, the marble spring built in the year 1784 and the huge plane tree that was planted in the year 1859 stand out. As you walk you will see the metropolitan church, Agios Nikolaos (1874), the cemetery with the famous funereal inscriptions made by well-known sculptors, the museum of Marble Crafts, the Museum of the Artists of Panormos and the Giannoulis Chalepas Museum. The premises of the old secondary school house marble-working workshops and the School of the Arts of Pirgos.
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Skalados

It was built after the year 1200 and is growing, since many young people live here all year long. It has several newly built houses, a grocery store and coffee shop, a taverna, and a restaurant. It has two churches, the church of Agios Ioannis and the church of Panagia, with icons from the year 1700.
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Sklavochorio

The only Orthodox village in the area with a few permanent inhabitants. It hosts the house where the painter and philosopher Nikolaos Gyzis was born, a statue of whom you will see in the square with a magnificent view all over the area. Following the central cobblestone street, you reach the small lower square and the old spring.        
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Tripotamos

This is one of the oldest settlements of the island, since it is considered mediaeval or Byzantine. There are references to the settlement from the year 1456. It was located between three rivers or ravines, with its completely white houses standing out from the vegetation.
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Triantaros - Berdemiaros

The impressive complex of the houses and churches of Triantaros spreads above the central road and offers a magnificent view over the sea. As you will observe by walking on its whitewashed, very clean streets, it has many galleries, houses with Cycladic architecture, and yards full of plants. The church of Agioi Apostoloi (1887) stands at its centre.
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Ysternia

Together with Pirgos, this is the village from which the most famous sculptors of Tinos came. Marble has always been abundant in the area of Ysternia and for this reason quarries were created. Lazaros Sochos, Antonios Sochos, Lazaros Lameras, the Malakate brothers, the Fytale brothers, and Georgios Vitalis came from Ysternia.
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Falatados

This is the third largest settlement of Tinos, with narrow paved streets that pass under archways, small taverns, and small coffee shops that put their tables outside in the alleys. The immense church of Agios Ioannis and Agia Triada stands at its centre.
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Chatzirados

One kilometer after Ktikado you can find Chatzirados, a smaller village, but with the same atmosphere. The central alley will lead you to the square with the church of Metamorfosi tou Sotiros.
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