Love Greek food and want to taste the cream of the crop? Head to the island of Tinos

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Love Greek food and want to taste the cream of the crop? Head to the island of Tinos – it is cooking up a storm with a culinary scene that pulls the gastronomes of Athens

  • Young locals are restoring wine-making traditions on the Aegean island 
  • Try the galaktoboureko in O Megalos Kafenes or the mussels in To Thalassaki
  • When your urge for food is sated, discover the island’s ‘wild panorama’ and villages 

While Greek food is finest skilled in Greece, you may effectively discover the cream of the nation’s crop in Tinos – the Aegean gem the place the gastronomes of Athens head in summer time.

A brand new culinary scene has been simmering away for the previous few years, with many younger locals returning to deliver their household wineries and traditions again to life.

Start your days at O Megalos Kafenes, the beating coronary heart of Pyrgos village and one of the oldest kafeneions (a standard Greek cafe) on the island. You’ll spot moustached males taking part in backgammon at marble tables in the dappled daylight. Try a silty Greek espresso and a creamy, semolina-rich galaktoboureko pastry.

Sunny outlook: The archway of a house in Pyrgos, which is named ‘the marble village' in Tinos

Sunny outlook: The archway of a home in Pyrgos, which is known as ‘the marble village’ in Tinos

While sampling local delicacies in Tinos, try the 'semolina-rich' galaktoboureko pastry (stock photo)

While sampling local delicacies in Tinos, try the ‘semolina-rich’ galaktoboureko pastry (stock photo) 

Pyrgos is known as ‘the marble village’, a nod to Tinos’s historical past as a centre for the materials. After a morning espresso, stroll the stark white alleyways of the village to spot sculptures. Hand-crafted marble plates additionally sit above doorways, and the village is residence to the Marble Museum.

Uncharacteristic for many Greek lunch spots, To Thalassaki requires a reserving. Set on the seashore at Ormos Isternion, this seafood restaurant (swisher than your customary tavern) is a Greek traditional – order the smoked herring taramasalata spiked with dill and mussels cooked in ouzo.

Tinos’s wild panorama calls for exploration. Set out by automotive to go to as many of its villages as doable. On the means, it’s arduous to miss the many pigeon homes on the island, a memento left from the conquering Venetians. Little huts with slate roofs that have been as soon as an emblem of wealth are embellished with people artwork in the shapes of flowers, squares, triangles and diamonds. You may even keep at the tastefully renovated Tinos Pigeon House (tinospigeonhouse.gr/?en), the place rooms value from £150 an evening.

Also in your hit-list needs to be the villages of Agapi (which means ‘love’ in Greek), with whitewashed homes dripping with bougainvillea, and Volax. The streets of Volax are impossibly romantic – admire the strains of poetry painted on the partitions of homes.

Family-run taverna Sta Fys’Aera sits past the wind-bashed mountain village of Aetofolia. Make the journey right here for the native meze – attempt the courgette salad and fantastically salty Tinos cured pork, swilled down with a glass of punchy retsina.

There are many decorated pigeon huts on the island of Tinos, one of which is pictured

There are many embellished pigeon huts on the island of Tinos, one of which is pictured 

'The streets of Volax (pictured) are impossibly romantic,' says Anastasia Miari. She recommends holidaymakers add the village to their Tinos 'hit-list'

‘The streets of Volax (pictured) are impossibly romantic,’ says Anastasia Miari. She recommends holidaymakers add the village to their Tinos ‘hit-list’ 

The island’s fertile floor was exploited for hundreds of years of wine-making earlier than locals switched to livestock as an alternative. Now a youthful era of Tinians are restoring its wine-making traditions. Visit the Volacus winery – distinctive right here as a result of vines develop out from between granite rocks. Book a tour at volacuswine.gr.

The Agnanti taverna in Ktikados barely has room for greater than three tables indoors however the place churns out some of the best fare. Yiannis Charikiopoulos bustles between the kitchen and patio, serving up monumental parts of food.

Tripotamos village is a cleverly constructed settlement that seems from the street as just a few homes (a deterrent for pirates in the seventeenth Century) however then reveals itself to be a maze of houses. Stay at The Crossroads Inn for an unimaginable breakfast unfold showcasing the island’s best produce. Studios value from £95 an evening (crossroadsinn.gr/en).

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