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Tiny Greek island with crowd-free beaches has a ‘taste of real Greece’

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Greece is one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in Europe – if not the world – due to its rich history, cultural appeal and tentalising gastronomy.

But along with its great reputation and beauty come masses of tourists that can tamper its natural charm. Renowned for its pristine natural beauty, rich heritage, and friendly ambiance, Tilos is swiftly emerging as a must-visit spot for those seeking serenity.

Tilos has a fascinating history that dates back to ancient times. The island is dotted with historic sites, including medieval castles, Byzantine churches, and ancient ruins.

Visitors can explore the past at locations such as the Monastery of Saint Panteleimon, the medieval castle in Megalo Chorio, and the archaeological site at Agios Antonios.

Nature lovers will be captivated by Tilos’ untouched beaches, crystal-clear waters, and verdant greenery.

The island is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including rare bird species, making it a haven for bird watchers and nature admirers.

The beaches of Tilos, including Eristos, Plaka, and Agios Antonios, offer ideal settings for relaxation and aquatic activities.

The friendliness of its inhabitants is also a contributing factor to its enduring charm, with Tripadvisor reviewers highlighting the hospitable character of those living on Tilos island.

One satisfied reviewer said: “As it is well off the tourist track, there is no bustle and noise and there are only a smattering of shops selling attractive gifts and clothing.

“There are small tavernas and homely Greek restaurants serving the most delicious dishes dotted all along the curve of the bay.

“Take your pick, you can sit at one of these and look out across the bay and feel strangely at home.

“The inhabitants are lovely people, warm and welcoming. So if you like peace and quiet and want a taste of real Greece, before it is ‘discovered’ this could be the place for you.”

Another traveller seemed to coincide on the welcoming atmosphere, saying: “This is the most charming little island and you feel welcome the minute you set your foot there.

“After a few days it’s like you been there forever and know all the locals who is very helpful with all the information you might need.”

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