Tilos, the Green Island of Greece

Tilos, the Green Island of Greece

Tilos is the Green island of Greece. This title came recently when the island became totally self sufficient in energy with renewable electricity solar power. Tilos is a small island in Dodecannese group of islands, known for its unspoiled nature, the gorgeous secluded beaches and the beautiful small villages. Tilos island is one of the lesser known Greek islands but recently became quite famous as it is one of the most sustainable islands in the Mediterranean.  Its nature is  protected as here you meet over 650 plant varieties and more than 150 species of resident and migratory birds. We talked with the Mayor of Tilos Mrs Maria Kamma to find out more about what makes the island so unique and why visiting Tilos is an experience on its own. 

 

 

Tilos green sustainability sunset wind turbine

Intro to Tilos Island

Tilos island is the first self-sufficient island of Greece. A great example of what other islands in the Mediterranean could do to be self sufficient and sustainable, Tilos attracts a range of travellers, especially those who prefer holidays away from the crowds

Whether you’re travelling solo in Greece, with family or with your other half, there’s plenty to do on Tilos Island, such as; swimming, hiking, exploring nature, spear-fishing, and wellness and history.

The easiest way to get to Tilos is by ferry from Rhodes or Kos island. We spoke with Maria Kamma – the Mayor of Tilos – to find out what makes this island so special and why it is worth visiting.

 

Tilos green sustainability sunset

What do you love about Tilos?

Q&A with Maria Kamma-Aliferi

Tilos is a tiny island of the Dodecanese, popular among free campers and people who are seeking quietness in their holidays. Tilos island is still untouched by mass tourism and keeps its unspoiled charm.

The beaches are secluded – perfect for those who seek privacy. The island has also captivating flora and fauna for those who like to explore and walk in the nature. If you’re dreaming of a relaxing, private holiday away from the hustle and bustle, this is the perfect island.

Maria Kamma-Aliferi is the Mayor of Tilos Island since 8 March 2012. She is living on the island of Tilos and she is devoted in reserving the authentic character of the island, its culture, nature and history as well as its awarded sustainability and growth. 

the Monastery of Saint Panteleimon

What are the best things to see and do in Tilos?

Q&A with Maria Kamma-Aliferi

Although Tilos is an unknown island to many travellers, it has a rich history and geological past. In fact, traces of Neolithic items and animal fossils have been found in Charkadio Cave in the centre of the island.

Perhaps the most interesting sightseeing in Tilos is the Monastery of Saint Panteleimon, pictured. Saint Panteleimon is known as the protector of the island.

Tilos is perfect for total relaxation. Enjoy swimming, hiking and cycling, as well as eating at small taverns. Whilst hiking, you may discover many old footpaths across the island lead to tiny chapels, small settlements, secluded beaches and hilltops with breath-taking view to the sea.

Tilos bay

Why and how did Tilos become one of the most sustainable islands in Greece?

Q&A with Maria Kamma-Aliferi

Tilos is a pioneering nature reserve, all the island is natural protected and hunting ban, it’s also the first “Green island” in the Mediterranean region and is self sufficient with fully renewable electricity with solar power, wind turbines and a battery farm.

You’re more likely to run into friendly partridges, rare orchids and endangered eagles than people as you trek around Tilos. The entire island is a nature reserve, with more than 150 species of resident and migratory birds, over 650 plant varieties, and a permanent population hovering around 500.

Tilos Island housing and water

When is the best time to visit Tilos?

Q&A with Maria Kamma-Aliferi

Tilos island can be enjoyed all year round, but the best time of year has to be from March until the end of November when the weather is at its best, as well as the nature.

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