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
Tinos lies in the Cyclades and the islands arount it are
Andros to the North, Syros to the West, Mykonos, Delos, Paros,
Naxos, Ios and Santorini to the South.