Tinos island has the highest religious conscience in all Cyclades. It is the third largest island of Cyclades after Andros and Naxos. It belongs in the northern Cyclades islands and is located southeast of Andros and north-west of Mykonos. The covers an area of 197 sq. km and has 9,701 residents.
The island is comprised of two municipalities and one township or community totalling 52 settlements. The Municipality of Tinos comprises Poli, the traditional villages of Mountados, Karya, Berdemiaros, Triantaros, Dyo Horia, Arnados, Moni Kehrovouniou and the coastal settlements at Skylantro, Ayios Sostis, Ayios Ioannis, Porto, and Lyhnaftia. The Municipality of Exombourgo with headquarters in Xynara includes the traditional settlements of Loutra, Krokos, Sklavohorio, Agapi, Perastra, Komi, Kato Kleisma, Karkado, Aetofolia, Kalloni, Kardiani, Ysternia, Smardakito, Tarambado, Kamps, Hatzirado, Ktikado, Tripotamos, Sberado, Tzado, Kehro, Mesi, Steni, Faltado, Kathlikaro, Myrsini, and Potamia as well as the coastal settlements of Ysternia, Vathi, Kardiani (Yannakis), Ayios Romanos, and Kolimbithra. Also, the Panormos Township comprises Pyrgos and includes the traditional settlements of Plateies, Venardados, Marla, Mamadou and the coastal settlement of Panormos. Tsiknias is the highest mountain of the island and is located east of the island with a height of 726 m. The architecture of the island is unique. Tinos hallmark is the dovecotes scattered around the island and 1,200 churches and chapels.
The inhabitant’s main activities are agriculture, maritime activities, fishing and tourism. The economy is mainly based on tourism, which peaks during the summer months.