For many years the Captain has preferred to turn a Nelsonian blind eye towards Tinos, not even mentioning it amongst the constituents of the Cyclades. This was because it has great religious importance for the Greeks as the Church of Panagia Evangelistria in Tinos Town is considered the protector, not only of the island, but of the entire country. (In fact, many pilgrims head to this church all year round, not just at the time of the main festival on 15th August.) It thus seemed to be potentially offensive to our hosts to even consider naturism in this context.

However that there is some demand has been shown by contributions from Greek supporters - so here is the information given. Please apply it with the greatest respect…

Platia Ammos

See on Google Maps

You can go to Platia Ammos beach which is here (photos are geotagged):
https://picasaweb.google.com/103408914622400708805/TinosPlatiaAmmosBeach (Sorry! this no longer works…. )

Drive (or take the bus) to Kionia. Continue driving (or walk) after the main beach. The road starts to go uphill. You will see the beach from a certain point. From that point on, you have to continue by walking down the (not so difficult) pathway.
The beach has a southern orientation which means it should be protected from the strong northern winds blowing in the Aegean in July/August. It is a very beautiful beach.

July 2018: really nice wild beach - no facilities whatsoever, and not much, if any shade - I didn't see anyone here nude, but then I saw very few people at all here during a week in July 2016, and again in July 2018 - lots of room to be be nude without the crush of others.

Cape Gastria

First, go to Ammos Beach as described above by another visitor. At the far (northern) end of Ammos Beach, there is a small footpath leading up to the cliffs. After passing a small fence, which can be easily opened or is open already, take the small path along the cliffs for about 500m. It's an easy walk and in the end you will arrive at the chapel of Gastritsa, where there is a small but very nice beach, mostly (especially during weekdays) empty. Some shade by a few trees and by the chapel itself. Crystal clear sea….

July 2018: Great directions to these beaches above (wonderfully accurate!) - in July 2016 and again in July 2018, this seems to be where the majority of nudist sunbathing takes place - friendly crowd (though not many people - 5-6 maximum at a time while I was there) - very relaxed - the sea and setting are beautiful. Small sandy beach and some relatively flat rocks (as well as parts of the church itself) that can be used for sunbathing One slight caveat - watch out for the sea invading the beach at times (apparently got to do with large ferries going past between the closely situated islands) - I was down one ipod thanks to that in 2016! Keep your electronics to the higher ground.

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