A hidden gem, tucked away between Rhodes and Kos
The only Greek island with a dwarf elephant museum!
Craggy, empty hills, green valleys, quiet beaches and bays
A network of footpaths, partly waymarked, including old stone ways
Two abandoned villages, seven Byzantine 200 churches and chapels, many with wall paintings, and three monasteries
A welcoming, tolerant feel and exemplary green credentials
Rich, protected wildlife, including rare and endangered species
Getting to Tilos
Regular ferries from Kos, Rhodes, and other Dodecanese Islands, including the local ferry, Panaghia Spiliani, based on Nisyros, three times a week, linking Tilos with the smaller port of Kamiros Skala on Rhodes. The journey time is about 2 hours to Rhodes.
Getting Around and Staying On Tilos
Most accommodation in Livadia plus a few other small centres, from simple traditional rooms up to higher spec hotels, and a free campsite with toilets and showers.
5 buses a day, (4 on Sundays) link the main centres
Car/ scooter/ electric bike hire possible, but no day-boats
Maps and other information
Terrain Map 340, a 1:20,000 topographic map, published in 2017, ISBN 978-960684596-3 www.terrainmaps.gr/e-shop/?lang=en
Orama has a 1:25,000 topographic map, published in 2019, ISBN 978-960838594-8, also a 1:40,000 road map (2017) and a 1:35,000 mini map (2016) www.oramaeditions.gr/index/defaultEn.asp
Anavasi plans to publish one in 2020 www.anavasi.gr/products.php?id=5&lang=en
A number of websites describe the island, including
http://thegreektravel.com/tilos/ general info
Jennifer Barclay has published a couple of titles based on her life on Tilos:
An Octopus in My Ouzo: Loving Life on a Greek Island