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Greece Travel Guide|Greek Islands

Tilos is a small but unique among the Dodecanese,

Tilos with rare birds in the fauna, such as Bonelli's eagle, hawks, goldfinches and nightingales, tits and herons, which give the area is gaining recognition by international organizations and protected by international treaties.

Total is one hundred species of rare birds that live in sixteen different types of ecosystems. But the flora is significant, with a total of 400 species of herbs and flowers grow in every inch of the island, making the spring Tilos a unique experience for visitors. The unique setting complete monk seals that live in sea caves.
All, therefore, that one needs to come in contact with all this beauty is to start from the ancient path and wander without a program in place, anyway, it is difficult to walk from one corner of a the other.

Tilos was for many years an unexpected place for the investigation of paleontologists. It was November 1972 when Professor Nicos Symeonides discovered in one of the prehistoric caves of the island, the first plates of molars dwarf elephants. The pygmy elephants of Tilos are the last elephants of Europe and the residues found in the cave Charkadio.
The excavations have so far been revealed about 40 bones of dwarf elephants, which had a height from 120 to 150 cm, and relics of prehistoric deer and other animals of the Mesolithic Age.

A quick walk around the island
A star who preferred the sea is the island for the Tiliakos and feel of the visitor will be able to visit Tilos at the right time is not far from it. Tilos was the ancient source of inspiration for the poet who lived here Irinna.

The tour around the island will be occupied for much longer than you think. You see, without having to travel long distances, archaeological and Byzantine monuments, castles, churches and monasteries. Is the famous monastery of St. Panteleimon (15th century), which overlooks the Aegean Sea from the top, built in place of exceptional beauty. It is worthwhile to go here and admire the magnificent dome and beautiful wooden iconostasis of the church. During the three day festival in memory of the saint, every July, people gathered there from all the Dodecanese.

The island's capital, but not, and the largest settlement is Megalo Chorio. The dominant feature here Aegean architecture, little has changed over the years. Here, visitors have the opportunity to see closely the findings from the Cave Charkadio, with the bones of dwarf elephants dominate in the center of the small museum set up near the cave, along with turtles and deer bones 7000 years old, but tools and pottery. Findings indicate that the Telos was part of the neighboring Asia Minor, before detached and formed an island, after the Mesolithic Period.
The Grand Village will see, even, the Necropolis, many old monasteries and the ruins of an imposing medieval castle above the houses. The ascent to the Castle is by a path and reaching the top, you will compensate for your trouble from the stunning view from the privileged position.

The Village is a small, but pass the villages, relics of an ancient settlement. Almost uninhabited, is one of the most interesting sights of Tilos, with narrow streets and impressive buildings.

The largest settlement is Tilos Livadia. You get up here on the main road that leads south and connects the Grand Village of both the Meadows and on most beaches. The nearby beach of Livadia Eristos is a golden sandy beach two kilometers long.

The island of Tilos, however, is a paradise for hikers. The more adventurous can use the old cobbled path network, total length 34 km and get to know the island inch by inch. If you dare to be in the heart of the natural environment of Tilos. You will walk into fertile valleys with vegetables and flowers will go through cypress and oak trees, almond trees and running water. You will find partridges are familiar with people, and hunting is prohibited on the island. You'll see up close the monasteries of the Archangel and St. Panteleimon. On this last weekend is a big festival in memory of the saint, in late July.

You will pass by Castel (a rocky hill with a medieval tower), the church of Panagia Politissas, built in 1879 and renovated in 1937, but the church of Panagia Theotokissas. It is worthwhile to see all these sites and discover the works of painters created the chapels of the island at the time of Hippocrates, many of which still stand untouched by the ravages of time.
See, also, Agiosykias Castle (15th century and contains ruins of a church) and the medieval castle of Messara.
Stand, finally, in St. Anthony Cemetery, Ancient and Byzantine cemetery is full of inscriptions and funerary relief plaques.