Tilos island is the first island of Greece that can officially use the title Green as it is totally self sufficient in energy. There are many international articles featuring Tilos as a great case study and example for what other islands in the Mediterranean could to to be self sufficient and sustainable.
Tilos attracts different types of travellers. It is a good choice for those who like to explore undiscovered places whether they are travelling solo, with their family or with their other half. Most of all, Tilos is a Greek island for those who prefer holidays away from the crowds, enjoy swimming in crystal clear blue waters, hiking, love nature, wellness and history.
For those of you that have never heard of this island, here are five fun facts so you never forget it:
a) Tilos is the last place in Europe where wild elephants lived about 4, 000 years ago!
2) Megalo Chorio, the capital of the island, stands out thanks to its marvellous architecture.
3) The Monastery of Saint Padeleimon has some amazing mosaics and painting on the walls. The view over the island from there is mesmerising!
4) The whole island is a big ecological park protected by international treaties.
5) Mikro Chorio, is 2 Klm from Megalo Chorio. Mikro Chorio has deserted stone made houses, paved alleys, and Byzantine churches. You will be coming to Mikro Chorio often while you are here for its one and only bar that opens every day in the afternoon and stays until the sun rise. The view over the Aegean will leave you breathless! The owners have kept the interior and the ruins of the old house that is now the bar and the atmosphere is so unique!
The easiest way to get to Tilos is by ferry from Rhodes or Kos island.
Tilos belongs to Dodecanese group of islands and the top experiences you can do in Tilos are bird watching, hiking, spear fishing, and windsurfing. The locals are hospitable, friendly and welcome you with a big smile on their face. You feel you belong from the first minute you step on the island.
It is a unique island and because of this we tried to find a local who can share with us what makes this island so special and why it is worth visiting Tilos.
Maria Kamma is the Mayor of Tilos and we had the pleasure to talk with her about her favourite island and to learn a little more about what to do and see in Tilos island.