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  • 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

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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.

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 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

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)

Anavasi plans to publish one in 2020

A number of websites describe the island, including  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

Falling in Honey: Life and Love on a Greek Island

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