Boutique Hotel Tilos Mare Grecia








Welcome to Tilos

Tilos with its 63kmq of surface is one of the smallest and quietest islands of the Dodecanese. Located to the west of Rhodes with which it is connected daily by ships and ferries, it is a quiet island far from the tourist routes. Its uncrowded beaches, striking abandoned villages and postcard landscapes make Tilos the Greek island by antonomasia. The resident population struggles to reach 300 people, who live concentrated in the two main centers: Livadia and Megalo Chorio. Livadia is the port of arrival of the ferries. The town stretches for a long time, chasing its long pebble beach, embellished by tamarisks, a seaside village where it is pleasant to stay. Megalo Chorio is the capital of the island. The other inhabited island villages were Mikro Chorio and Gera which today are ghost towns. A bus service connects Livadia, with the main beaches, however it is advisable to hire scooters with which you can go everywhere on the island.

The Dodecanese With its islands gathered along the west coast of Turkey, the Dodecanese archipelago is closer to Asia Minor than to mainland Greece, a position that for its strategic importance and vulnerability has exposed it more than any other region of the country to invasion and occupations, the name means "twelve islands", but taking a look at the map you will notice that in reality these are more. The name was coined in 1908 when 12 islands joined the new Ottoman Parliament led by the "young Turks" who had deprived the Dodecanese of the freedoms granted by the sultans, under the government of the latter the inhabitants of the islands in fact enjoyed greater autonomy compared to the rest of Greece and paid less taxes. The 12 islands were Rhodes, Kalimnos, Karphathos, Patmos, Tilos, Symi, Leros, Astypalea, Nisyros, Kassos and Halki. The dense history of events of the islands has enriched them with different archaeological remains, but the charm they exert is not only linked to historical reasons: beaches and lively places in the tourist islands Rhodes and Kos, not crowded beaches in Lipsi and Tilos, traditional life for lovers of the Greek islands in the remote Agathonisi, Karpathos and Kassos, and for all, breathtaking landscapes created by the geological turbulence in the volcanic island of Nisyros.

History and Features The history of this picturesque island probably begins about 12.000 years ago, when the island broke away from the Middle Eastern continent and the dwarf elephants were hunted and used as pack animals, we find remains in the small museum near Megalo Horio. For mythology Telos was the son of Alia and Helios (the sun). He built the first temple on the island in honor of Poseidon (Neptune) and Apollo to thank them for helping him save his sick mother with miraculous herbs. Excavations in the Lakkia area have demonstrated Minoan presence. The island of Tilos is one of the Dodecanese islands that is not lacking neither natural beauty nor historical parchments. Its name, very ancient, has kept it uninterrupted through the centuries and is still proud for it today. The claim of foreigners to turn it into "Piscopi" was not welcomed with enthusiasm by the islanders and failed. Its mass rises between Rhodes and Kos, almost half the distance that divides these two islands, around the closest islands that make it company are Nissiros(NW) , Halchi(NE) , and Simi (NE). To the North extends Knidos of Asia Minor (Cape-Krios). Farther away, towards the west lies Astipalea and to the south one can just see Karpathos, while even more secluded is Kassos. Almost all its extension is mountainous and the only appreciable plain is the field of Megalo Horio (about 1/10 of its surface), which with its valleys and cultivated slopes, was once a changeable resource for the islanders, especially in the framework of the traditional agricultural economy. The bare and rough aspect of its mountains (the highest is the Profitis Hlias, 654m west of the island), with impressive ravines and peaks suspended over the sea, are alternating with landscapes full of serenity. The picturesque beaches of Livadia, Eristos, Plaka, Skafi, Lethra and of Saint Anthony, the streams and the gorges, with their crystalline springs, and even the most secluded places of the island such as Skafi, Bathia Pighi, Aghios Pantaleimonas, Potami, Nero del Despotis, the densely cultivated field of Megalo Horiò, they offer a singular image of the natural landscape of the island. Its climate is dry and healthy, the relatively high summer temperatures are alleviated by the northern winds, which refresh it. During the winter, however, the breath of these winds brings the cold from the mountains of Asia Minor. Its first inhabitants, the elephants, whose permanence left indelible traces on the island, date back to the Stone Age, isolated on the island, over time they became dwarfs because they had to adapt to the limited possibilities of nourishment offered by the environment. Today you can see the bones of these cute proboscids, fossilized in the cave "Harcadio" near the source of Missaria in the direction of the border that separates Megalo Horio from the Mikro, where it seems the cycle of their existence has closed, over a period of time ranging from 45.000 years to around 3.500, based on expert calculations. Later, before the abandonment, we find evidence of the island on the part of the Dori and then other people leave traces of their permanence, such as Karole Jegi Pelasgi, the Minoites and the Mycenaeans and thanks to them Tilos is part of the great history of Hellenism, it is subdued and then reconquered its freedom at the end of the Second World War, when the Dodecanese islands were annexed to the Motherland. In this new period of its history, the life of Tilos takes place in three towns; Megalo Horio (capital of the island, which retains the title of Municipality), Mikro Horio and Livadia (joined in a second municipality called Frazione immediately). With 1.102 permanent inhabitants ...... Today the stable inhabitants of the island amount to about 300, with an ever-decreasing tendency, while Mikro Horio is completely desolated. Its visitors can admire and enjoy several unusual aspects of the island: its almost primitive nature, its clean sea, its limpid waters, the signs of its devotion (first of all the monastery of San Pantaleimon), the reminiscences of its history, the serenity of everyday life, the inhabitants, with their picturesque customs and their simple and jovial ways: What they unfortunately could not admire is the truly wonderful view of the almond trees in bloom in the field of Megalo Horio, when in January and February, they covered it with their rosaceous petals, having as the acorn the green slopes of the mountains and as a background the blue sea of Eristos. This unforgettable spectacle for those who have had the good fortune to admire it and who has given Tilos the name of "island of almonds" belongs to the past, after the destruction suffered by almond trees a few years ago. However, another show took its place: that of the effigies of the elephants at the time when they lived on the island. This show, unique both for Greece and for the whole world, connected to the great paleontological discovery, which has brought to light these important findings, rightly assigns the island a new name, making it now more known as "the island of the Elephants".

General informations Greece, the ancient land of the Gods, where you will be waiting to gently cradle a crystalline sea and a bright sky, a fantastic archipelago where sea, history and culture will involve you in a unique atmosphere, whether you are dining in a taverna on the beach, sipping a coffee in a shaded plateia or in a disco until dawn, there is a good chance that the gods have already seduced you.

Climate Mild and temperate all year. In the plains the summers are hot and dry, with clear skies and no clouds. The months of May June and September are ideal for combining archaeological visits and excursions to staying at the sea.

Documenti You must be in possession of a valid identity card for expatriation or passport. The pass for children under the age of 15 without a document must be requested by presenting the birth certificate with a photo that will be authenticated by the Police Headquarters. No visa is required for citizens residing in the EU countries of the USA and Canada. As far as entry into Greece is concerned, the Italian circulation documents are sufficient. To rent a car you must be at least 23 years old and have been driving for at least 12 months.

Currency The local currency is the euro. The main credit cards are accepted.

Time zone One hour more than Italy. Daylight saving time comes into effect at the same time.

Language The official language is modern Greek, very widespread English and in some cases also Italian.

Kitchen Typically Mediterranean and for this very appreciated by us Italians with some oriental influences, the typical taverns and the characteristic places are open all day to taste some typical specialties.

Shopping Craftsmanship plays a predominant role: ceramics, silver, leather goods, icons etc.

Health advice No vaccination is required

Electric current 220V (European standard)

Hotel Village with swimming pool in Tilos Greece