Tinos is the third largest island of the Cyclades (197 sq km) after Naxos and Andros. In antiquity, Tinos was also known as Ophiussa (from ophis, greek for snake) and Hydroessa (from hydor, greek for water). The closest islands are Andros, Delos, and Mykonos. It is a favorite destination for every traveler.
The inhabitants of the island are mainly involved in agriculture, livestock, beekeeping, as well as shipping, fishing and tourism.
Because of the Panagia Evangelistria church, with its reputedly miraculous icon of Virgin Mary that it holds, Tinos is also the center of a yearly pilgrimage that takes place on the date of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary (15 August, “Dekapentavgoustos” in Greek). This is perhaps the most notable and still active yearly pilgrimage in the region of the eastern Mediterranean. Many pilgrims make their way the 800 metres (2,600 feet) from the ferry wharf to the church on their hands and knees as sign of devotion.