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36°26′N 27°22′E


61.48 km²


63 kms.




(+) 22460







GMT +2:00


Megalo Chorio








Stationed roughly halfway between the famous islands of Rhodes and Kos, Tilos is one of the quietest and most authentic islands in the Aegean Sea. The little Greek island is known for its beaches, crystal-clear waters, and unspoiled natural landscapes. It is also famous for its medieval castle, monasteries, traditional villages, and the small museum with remains of dwarf elephants which were found in the Charcadio Cave, in the center of the island. Despite its modest size, the territory of the island is home to dozens of rare species of birds and to hundreds of rare species of plants. The whole island constitutes a vast ecological park and is protected by international treaties.

Despite the increase of tourism, the island has managed to retain much of its charm. It attracts travelers who prefer holiday away from the crowds and are looking for genuine Greece. The islanders amazing hospitality make visitors to feel at home and many of the travelers return year after year. Take a bus or hire a vehicle to catch a glimpse of the deserted village of Mikro Horio, visit Megalo Horio with its beautiful traditional white houses, explore the tiny steep footpaths, and take a trip to the monastery with the ornate church, and the traditional black and white pebble floor, or just enjoy the views from the island's highest point. Although the island looks rugged, it has many vineyards, fig trees and olives groves. Tilos is also the first totally self-sufficient in energy with renewable electricity solar powers island. Introducing Tilos, Greece’s hidden gem.

Tilos is a small Greek island, halfway between Kos and Rhodes. It is part of the Dodecanese group of islands and the 7th largest after Rhodes, Karpathos, Kos, Kalymnos, Astypalea and Kasos.

A large assembly of bones of 1.2-to-1.6-metre-tall (3-foot-11-inch-to-5-foot-3-inch) dwarf elephants, carbon dated to between 4000 and 7000 BC, have been discovered in Charkadio Cave.

According to Greek mythology, the island took its name from a man named Tilos, son of God Helios. Tilos came to the island in search of herbs to heal his ill mother, and later returned to found a temple to Apollo and Neptune.

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Things to Do

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Getting Around

HOW TO GET AROUND TILOS | Car Rental, Bus. Taxi, Scooter / ATV

Tilos is a great destination to explore on foot and public transportation. Bus: There is a bus service that runs several itineraries daily and brings you to the most important places including Livadia, Megalo Chorio, Eristos beach and Agios Antonios. The time schedule can be found at the bus stops. Rentals: To explore the island at your own pace, you can rent a car, scooter or ATV and drive around the island. Renting a car, scooter or ATV will give you flexibility to visit some of the island's off-the-beaten-path places. A few car rental offices are located near the port. Taxis: Taxis are available on the island and can be hired for short trips or for longer tours on the island. Bikes: Bicycles can also be rented on the island, and are a great way to explore the quieter parts of Tilos.

Upcoming Events

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  • 08 Nov 2023

    The Feast of Taxiarchis

  • 05 May 2024

    The Feast of Agia Irini

  • 25 Jul 2024

    The Feast of Agios Panteleimonas

  • 15 Aug 2024

    The Feast of Panagia Theotokissa