Tilos, Greece

Tilos isn’t usually on tourist’s radar. With a total of three villages and one of them abandoned you don’t think like it’s a place you could have fun in.

Some interesting facts is that a 7th century priest of Tilos along with some Rhodians settled in Sicily where he built the city of Gela. The island is also great for picking fresh herbs. It has over 400 different types of herbs and this is why historically it is known as the island of herbs.

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There are over 200 churches for you to visit. Do check out the ones built by Greek refugees who left Asia Minor do to the population exchange. One of them is the St. Taxiarchis church in Megalo Chorio.

Tilos is also set to become the Mediterranean’s first energy sustainable island solely through renewables.

With barely three villages and 300 permanent citizens it’s best to visit the island during a festival where a good portion of the locals are out and about celebrating.

Below is a list of festivals dates to help you plan your visit.

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May 5th – The feast day of St. Irene with Music, dancing and traditional food held at St. Irene’s church in Eristos Valley near Megalo Horio.

July 26th & 27th – The feast day of St. Panteleimon, the patron saint of the island is celebrated at the Monastery of St. Panteleimon. The celebration lasts for 2 days starting on the eve of the feast day with traditional food, music and dancing.

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July 28th – One day after the St. Panteleimon festival is the festival of The Dance of the Grail at the Courtyard of Archangel Michael in Megalo Horio.

August 14th – On the eve of the feast day of The Virgin Mary Theotokissa a big festival is held on the islands main town of Mikro Horio.

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August 23rd – The churches of St. Antonios and Livadia celebrate the Virgin Mary Nine Day with Festivals

August 31st – A special festival is held in an abandoned villages church where the people of Mikro Horio honor the old village of their ancestors

Photos Courtesy of Nick Popcorn

September 2nd - A tiny church near Livadia holds a festival for the feast day of St. John

Photos Courtesy of Nick Popcorn

Photos Courtesy of Nick Popcorn

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