Tinos is the island of Megalohari (The Virgin Mary).
The area of the island is 195 sq. Km, with a population
of about 10.000 inhabitants and around 50 villages.
The name of the island is pre-Hellenic and is likely
named after the first settler. It has been also correlated
with th Phoenician word "Tannoth" that means
snake. Tinos was called Ofioussa (Ofis means snake
in Greek) for its multitude of snakes which were exterminated
by Poseidon, the islands patron and Hydroussa (hydor
means water in Greek) for its abundance of water and
island of Aeolos for its strong northern winds.
Tinos lies in the Cyclades
and the islands around it are:
Andros to the North,
Syros to the West,
to the SW
to the South.
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