Tilos, Greece

Tilos is a small and quiet island in the Dodecanese island group. It has very few inhabitants and a wonderful serene and relaxing atmosphere. Tilos, according to mythology, was the nephew of the men who educated Zeus during his upbringing on Crete. There is evidence that Minoans and Cretans had a settlement on Tilos around 1500 BC. There is also evidence that a dwarf elephant once lived on Tilos. The skeletons were found in one of Tilos’ many caves.

Megalo Horio is Tilos’ capital. This quaint village is located on the northern side of the island. It, like many villages and towns throughout Greece, is built like an amphitheatre on a hillside that has the ruins of a castle overlooking from above. Also on Tilos is a 15th century monastery, Agios Panteleimon. It is now abandoned, but definitely worth a look. The Castle of the Knights, built around the 15th century is also a popular sightseeing spot. There are also many churches located on Tilos.

The beaches of Tilos are quiet and virtually empty. There are pebble and sand beaches. Eristos Beach is a wonderfully sandy beach with a beautiful view of the surrounding landscape. Other beaches that are popular are Livadia, Aghios Antonios, and Plaka.