Activities

     

      The island is ideal for total relaxation at the beach or in the countryside. Swimming in the wonderfully secluded beaches of Tilos island is a delight. Swimming at the beaches Livadia, Erystos, Aghios Antonios, Plaka, Lethra, Skafi and Theologos. Enjoy a day under the hot sun and in the afternoon have lunch in the seaside taverns. In the evenings, have a drink in a lounge cafe-bar under the stars.

      Another enjoyable activity in Tilos is hiking. Many old footpaths cross the island and lead to tiny chapels, small settlements, secluded beaches and hilltops with breathtaking view to the sea. Hiking is best in autumn and spring when the weather is not so hot. In summer, long hiking can be quietly uncomfortable. 

      Many travels to Tilos only for hiking. It's a lovely hiking island blessed with a beautiful, and largely untouched, landscape. Almost the entire island is barren, so do not expect to hike in a jungle. Several of the old donkey tracks is intact, the bird life is exciting and brighten up the hikes. There are many easy hiking trails so you do not need to be an experienced hiker.

       Tilos is also very nice for bird-watching, diving, spear fishing, windsurfing. You can alos explore Tilos by mountain bike and boat.

 


Festivals & Cultural Events

       

       The festivals in Tilos island are dedicated to the saints of the island.

 

ST. PANDELEIMON’S DAY (AYIOS PANDELEIMONAS), 25–27 JULY

       Ayios Pandeleimon is the patron saint of Tilos, so it’s unsurprising that this is the biggest festival celebrated on the island. Tilians return from across Greece, and further afield, to join locals at the Monastery of St. Pandeleimon for three days of festivities.

       Feast on Greek food with plenty of wine, and enjoy local folk music accompanied by traditional Greek dancing. The biggest celebrations take place on the evening of 26 July, the night before the main saint’s day.

 

THE DANCE OF THE GRAIL, 28 JULY

       The Dance of the Grail, also known as the Koupa Festival, takes place in the courtyard of Archangel Michael (Ayios Taxiarchis), which is the main square in Megalo Horio. It’s held annually the day after St Pandeleimon’s Day.

       Dancers perform a local folk dance, where the person leading holds a cup in his free hand. If somebody else wishes to lead the dance, they must put money in the cup before taking over. Naturally, there’s plenty of food and drink to get people in the mood!

 

ASSUMPTION DAY, 15 AUGUST

       Assumption Day is one of the biggest dates in the Greek Orthodox calendar, after Easter and Christmas. Also known as the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, it isn’t about mourning at the Virgin Mary’s passing but celebration at her reunion with her beloved son. This symbolises the return of people to their native land.

       August 15 is a public holiday across Greece and each place has its own celebrations. On Tilos, celebrations take place in the deserted village of Mikro Horio, beginning on the evening of 14 August.

 

VIRGIN MARY NINE DAYS, 23 AUGUST

       In the Greek Orthodox calendar, all the great feasts are extended for a number of days, which differs according to the feast. This period of celebration is known as an afterfeast, and the last day of the afterfeast is the Apodosis – the leave-taking or giving back of the feast.

       For the Assumption this happens nine days later, and on Tilos it’s celebrated at two locations: Panagia Kamariani in Megalo Horio and Panagia Politissa in Livadia. Both celebrate in typical Greek style with food, wine, music and dancing.

 

Island Boat Tour

       

       There are many places in Tilos which you can explore by boat. There are many hidden beaches in the island which are difficult to be reached by foot. ApolloStudios can organize you a boat trip round the island or to favourite beaches such as Lethra beach, Skafi beach, Plaka beach and etc. Dont hesitate to contact us by e-mail apollostudios@hotmail.com or by telephone 0030 6942061912. We are here to help You!

 

Birthday Parties & Aniversary Stay

 

       ApolloStudios can organize you different type of celebrations such as Birthday Parties, Aniversaries and etc. We have a nice roof terrace with wonderful view which is waiting you for the celebration of your special event. We can organize barbeque, food, drinks, music to make your celebration memorable. Our studios, apartments are the second home for you and for your friends, families and guests. We are here to make your stay at ApolloStudios comfortable  and your event unforgetable. For any questions and any other information please don't hesitate to contact us by e-mail apollostudios@hotmail.com or by telephone 0030 6942061912.

       Yours sincerely,

        ApolloStudios

        Tilos Iland, Greece