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Just one visit to Tilos is not enough to truly experience its multifaceted nature: rich flora, traditional settlements, nature-loving activities, Medieval castles and protected natural reserves are certain to keep you coming back, again and again, to this island that’s full of surprises.

Tilos  has three traditional settlements, Megalo Chorio, Livadia and the small and picturesque Agios Antonios. Livadia is the ideal place to beging your tour of the island, or hire a small boat and visit its hard to reach, beautiful beaches, such as Skafi, Tholos and Agios Sergios.
Megalo Chorio, on the sides of the hill of Agios Stefanos, is the island’s capital. The ancient castle presides at the top, and tradition is prominent in the local architecture, which incorporates parts of ancient buildings. Representative examples are the Town Hall, the primary school, the library, the museum of dwarf elephants and the traditional general store. Apart from the Knights’ Castle, however, there are another two castles o the island that are certainly worth visiting: the medieval castle of Messaria and thw 600-yaer-old Castle of Agrosykia.

Getting There and Away
The Sea Star connects  the island with Rhodes, Mainland ferries erratically link Tilos to Piraeus, Rhodes and nearby islands in the Dodecanese.

beach in TilosGetting around
A bus plies the islad’s main road seven times daily, with the first departure from Livadia at 8 am and the last return from Mega Horio at 10.15 pm. The timetable is posted at the bus stop in the square in Livadia.
During summer there are various excursions offered from Livadia to isolated beaches. Look for posters around Livadia for more information.

Tilos is riddled with terraced landscapes and trails once used by farmers to reach distant crops; today, these provide perfect paths for keen walkers.
Tilos Trails are licensed quides who conduct a number of walks of various levels around the island. Ask at the Omonoia Café.

The experience
Make sure you pay a visit to the eerily melancholic Mikro Chorio, which was abandoned by its residents after World War II, but comes back to life every summer for the festival of Panagia Theotokissa. Walk up its deserted alleyways at dusk and enjoy a drink at the bar that’s open on summer evenings. The scenery will stay with you forever.

In Tilos, you will savour the traditional local goat, either stuffed or cooked in lemon sauce, yiaprakia (stuffed vine leaves) and roast pork with bulgur wheat; if you’re in the mood for a meat feast, try the «koulousafades», entrails stuffed with minced meat or liver, rice and herbs, and fried in fresh butter. Even the pasta is homemade here – you must try the «koulouria» paste with tomato sauce or butter and the traditional hard cheese of Tilos, that is similar to feta. As for dessert, keep some space for «kserotigana», a type of fried honey pastries typical of the Dodecanese, pastry parcels filled with almonds, pies and traditional seven-flour biscuits.

All arrivals are at Livadia. The small port is 300 m southeast of the village centre.
Clinic: Behind the church
Police: In the white Italianate building at the quay
Port police: On the harbor
Tilos Park Association: Promoting ecological conservation on Tilos, this info centre has brochures on local wildlife and trails to trek.

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