Tilos


Livadia bay from footpath to Lethra
Remains of medieval Agriosykia Castle above Livadia
 

Church at the top of Megalo Horio



Megalo Horio church from the terrace of the kafeneion



Ayios Antonis harbour


Above Plaka bay


Eristos bay

Megalo Horio

 
Skafi beach

Coves at Despoti Nero below Gera

 
Getting to and from Tilos
Please refer to this ferry schedule, updated whenever the ferries change. At present Tilos does not have its own boat, but the Dodecanese Express and the Blue Star stop off en route between Rhodes and Kos and are very reliable.
 
Places to buy
There are lots of properties for sale on the island. If you're seriously interested in buying, you should get professional advice. The little estate agency run by architect Seva and builder Panayiotis doesn't currently have a website.
 
A traditional house has just gone on the market in Megalo Horio at the top of the village (house 80 m2, garden 141 m2) - I can put you in touch with the English-speaking owner if you are interested:


 

Long-term rentals
Renting a house or apartment on Tilos for six months or a year is quite easy as there are plenty of places available. I can usually recommend one or two, depending on your needs.
My house is currently available - send me a message.
 
Going via Rhodes/Kos?
You can search this blog for posts on Rhodes and Kos for ideas of things to do.
In Rhodes Old Town, the Archaeological Museum is a must. I'd recommend a visit to 'The Dawn' - a cafe in a restored traditional house, next to the church of St Fanourios. www.angelacastle.gr 
If you're looking for a lovely place to stay in Rhodes, try:
Spirit of the Knights Hotel http://www.rhodesluxuryhotel.com/
A great place to stay in Kos is the Kosta Palace on the harbour.
Places to stay in Tilos

Megalo Horio

Megalo Horio has a kafeneion and two good, traditional restaurants, To Kastro and Kali Kardia, as well as a couple of shops. Beaches within walking distance are Eristos and Ayios Antonis (half an hour), Skafi (45 minutes) and Plaka (easier by scooter).

Rooms/apartments to rent in Megalo Horio: http://milios-studios.gr/

At Airbnb.com (or contact me directly through here), you can find out how to stay in my house.

Eristos

At lovely Eristos beach there is family-run Eristos Beach Hotel, with one of my favourite restaurants:

Also Nitsa Apartments with its own taverna:

Below Megalo Horio on the road to Eristos is Filoxenia apartments and taverna - only open in the middle of summer: https://www.facebook.com/filoxenia.tilos

Ayios Antonis

This tiny settlement with a small harbour and a beach has two seafront tavernas, Elpida and Delfini. Get there via island bus or rent a car/scooter

Contact me either through here or via Airbnb about Antonis Apartments - the only rooms to rent at Ayios Antonis.

Livadia

Livadia is the port and biggest village, with numerous shops, bars and restaurants. There's also the Tilos Park Information Centre - useful for maps and books.

Michalis Studios, run by my friend Eleftheria, have lovely views.

 

36 comments:

  1. I want to move to a Greek island and keep bees and sell the honey. I am near retirement as an Art History teacher in America. Is my idea possible?

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    1. Hi Kelly,
      It's easy enough to buy or rent a plot of land, and learn about the way the locals do it. Most people here just do it alongside another source of income - but as a hobby that might end up paying for itself, why not? Great way to meet the local community. Good luck with the idea.
      Best, Jennifer

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  2. Love reading your blog Jennifer. Read your book Falling Into Honey and I am hooked. We love Greece too and reading your vivid descriptions of life in Tilos is a delight. Any more books coming out?

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    1. Thank you so much!! Wonderful to hear. I'm working on a new book, so wish me luck with it...

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  3. It-s real nice reading your blog. We (me, Maria and Erik from Sweden) visited Tilos for the first time in 2003. It was quite magic. We did plan to stay for 5 days, but we actually stayed for 21 days before we went on to Nissyros. We went back the year after to celebrate my 50:th birthday, and we have been to Tilos approx. 7-8 times since then. This year, in May, we are going back to celebrate my 60:th birthday. Can’t wait…

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  4. Sorry, I forgot to attach MY name. Pelle it is. ;)

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    1. Hi Pelle! Glad to hear you are similarly enamoured with the beautiful island... I won't be there in May but I hope you have a wonderful birthday.

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  5. I love your book and blog. My husband and I met 22 years ago in Greece and spent 2 long summers there before starting our family. I have written articles about our subsequent trips to Greece, but my dream is to write about living there. Our collective dream is to buy property in Greece, and to spend time in Kastellorizo, where my husband's family originates, and still has a home. Thank you for your inspiration, and for reminding me of Greece's magic.

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    1. Thank you so much, Debbie. That's good to hear. I hope you can do what you want to do...

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  6. I just got done reading your wonderful book"Falling in Honey", I'm ready to book a trip to Tilo's haha! you made it sound so magical. I wished you could have put in some pictures of the places you described so I'm hoping by following your blog to see some of these places & people :) I was sad to read about the passing of Vangelis..
    Glad to hear you are writing another book, any hints on what it is on?!
    Your book was inspiration for me to take care of me.. I too have been in many failed relationships, it's hard on the soul.. At 45 I know my child bearing days are gone but still hold out hope that my "soul" person is out there, as I'm sure yours is too , peace.
    ~Erika in NH, usa

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    1. Hi Erika! Your email made my day. Hope you enjoy seeing photos of some of the places and people. I'm trying to write a book about what happened next. Do take care of yourself, give yourself some gifts, and go for what you want in life, always...

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  7. Hey! Loved reading your article!!

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  8. I have just re-read your book. Just makes me yearn for Greece more. Well done! Your Aussie articles are great, I lived in Austraila for a number of years, that's where I met many lovely Greek people. As the saying goes Wheels within Wheels!!
    Jennifer Murphy

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    1. Wow, I feel honoured that you re-read the book! We met a wonderful Greek cafe owner and his family in a cafe in Sydney called Metaxi Mas, and have managed to find retsina in a few places... Looking forward to being back in Greece in a couple of months.

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  9. Hi. Jennifer. I downloaded your book on Kindle attracted to it by my love of small Greek Islands. I couldn't believe it when I realised it was about Tilos. It is my husbands favourite island and we have been several times but not since 2006. Inspired by your book we are going back on 2nd June for 2 weeks and looking forward to walking and exploring the places we love. We loved the book and it was fascinating to recognise so many of the characters in it. Good luck with the next book!

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    1. Hi Ruth! Thank you so much for your message. That's wonderful to hear. Maybe I'll bump into you in Tilos in June. Delighted you enjoyed the book and recognised characters. Warm wishes, Jennifer

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  10. Hello Jennifer! I will be in Rhodes again next month and would really like to get to Tilos for a day or two this time. Can you advise how the ferries work? I can't make head nor tail of the timetables! Is it possible to come one day and return either αβριο η μεθαβριο? Will you be back there in May?

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    1. Hello! Tilos's boat, the Sea Star, is unlikely to be running at that time but there's the Blue Star Diagoras, the big ship, and the faster catamaran Dodekanisos. You can go to Tilos on Monday evening and return Tuesday lunchtime, or go on Tuesday morning and return Thursday lunchtime, or go on Thursday morning and return very early on Friday, or go on Friday evening and return Sunday morning. Maybe best to go and ask one of the travel agents when you arrive in Rhodes. I'll be back in Tilos this afternoon and won't be straying too far :-)

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    2. Great, thank you very much Jennifer. Welcome back to Tilos! Trust you enjoyed your Australian sojourn.

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  11. Hi, dear Jennifer :) Last week I came across your book in a bookstore here, in Sofia (Bulgaria). The very first thing I thought was "GREECE! I must have this book!" and I bought it. Today, 6 days later, I've just finished it and... I just wanted to tell you that it is AMAZING! The things you have done, the decisions you have made, the life you have prefered to live.... I am in love with Greece and every time I go there, I do not want to leave it... I hope you are still there! And I can't wait for your next book! Best wishes, M.

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    1. Hi Mirella! Thank you so much for your wonderful message. Thrilled that you connected with the book. I am now back on Tilos after some time away and am very happy (and trying to write a new book!). Warm wishes! Jx

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  12. Hi Jennifer. I read your book ,,Under a Greek Blue Sky " It is wonderful I felt like I was on Tilos.In June I visited Hydra, Poros and Aegina. I love Greece and this year I plan to live in my paradise on earth which I found in Nea Makri to who still wants to return :-). I miss Greece. Thank you for this wonderful book by which I understood that my place is right there. I wish you all the best. :-)

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    1. Thank you! It's a kind of magic when a little book can transport you back to a place you love, isn't it?! I wish you all the best in pursuing your dreams too... x

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  13. Hi Jennifer
    We're staying on Halki in a couple of weeks time and will be popping over to Tilos for a few days hoping to look for a long term property rent. We both love the Greek Islands and have decided to finally make the move there hopefully sometime in 2016. After much research, (including reading "honey" over and over) Tilos seems to be the place for us. Are you able to recommend anybody we should speak to whilst we are on Tilos?
    Many thanks and we would love to bump into you. Sue & Tony

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    1. Hi Sue and Tony,
      There are plenty of properties available for long term rental - you'll probably have to speak to a few different people by asking around e.g. in shops and cafes. Depends on what kind of place you're looking for, starting when and for how long... Feel free to contact me when you are here.
      Best, Jen

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  14. Kalispera Jennifer, I took your book "Falling into Honey" to Rhodes in August 2015. My word I could not believe how much alike we are so much in common so many similar experiences, I found a friend in reading this book. I was in a café by old Rhodes town where I sat talking to John Manuel we were discussing travels in Greece which I have travelled many times, a country I adore, we then spoke about films and books, I mentioned I was reading a book that I could totally relate to, so I took your book out of my backpack and before I could say anything, John said ah yes I know Jenny....what a small world. I wish you all the best on your next adventure. And yes I give myself gifts one has too!

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  15. dear Jennifer - I'm totally gutted. we've just come back from beautiful Tilos (arrived back to dreary UK on 23rd September). your book inspired me to try our Tilos (I didn't know it existed before). I wanted to thank you for bringing Tilos and her beauty into our lives, I don't think our greek holidays will ever be the same again. One evening we were sitting at Kiriakos enjoying our pitta gyros when my eye caught a beautiful Labrador. Then I noticed a demour lady talking greek to a local man. Too scared to come over to say hello I let the moment pass for fear of you not being who I thought you were. but I smiled that night knowing that the lady who was responsible for me looking at the stars and feeling the warm of the Tilos air and making new friends had been sitting less than 10feet away from me. Thank you for "falling in honey" and letting me find Tilos and making memories of my own. Regards Suzanne Stephens @->---

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    1. Overwhelmed by your lovely message, which made me very happy. I hope I'll meet you next time you're here...

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  16. Hello Jennifer, I have just read your lovely book 'Falling in Honey' and was totally entranced by your descriptions of the sights and scents of Tilos. It reminded me of some visits to Cyprus visiting my daughter who lived there - I shall never forget walking her dog every day down to the sea over similar terrain you describe. Magical! I think I read your book at a sitting and now want to go back again! Tilos next time? Many thanks and good luck with the publication of the next instalment.
    Kindest regards, Michael Taylor.

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    1. Thank you very much indeed... Delighted to have brought back good memories for you - just by describing what I see around me. I'm very lucky to be here. Best, Jennifer

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  17. Superb blog! Keep up the good work and the easy living in Tilos!
    You have touch the meaning of life...

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