Tílos is a quiet island with few inhabitants and a genuine atmosphere. It is great for relaxing and spending a nice, romantic holiday without high demands on nightlife and lots of activities and facilities.
The island history originated after a territorial separation from the coast of Asia .
Tilos was inhabited from the Neolithic era (8000-7000 BC), to which the important and impressive paleontological findings of prehistoric elephants bear witness. Their skeletons were found after the excavations that took place in Charkadio cave . The island was also inhabited by the Pelasgians and this can be seen from the walls that were found.
In the 5th century BC, Tilos became part of the Athenian confederacy and remained dependent upon the island of Rhodes , until it passed to the Romans. The richness of the archaeological finds dating from the Roman and early-Christian times reflects the island prosperity.
During the Byzantine era Tilos together with Nisyros, Kos and Samos constituted the Prefecture of Samos . The Knights of St. John inhabited the island and rebuilt or built three of the castles that exist on the island.
In 1522 the island became part of the Ottoman Empire and was under the special financial and administrative status of “maktou” islands.
Finally, in 1948 Tilos returned to the modern arms of its maternal Hellenistic past.
From pre-Greeks the island passed sequentially to the Dorians in 1000 BC.
The main sightseeing destination on Tilos island is the fortified Monastery of Agios Panteleimon. The castle above the village of Megalo Chorio is another sight that is worth a visit. Also the town hall at Megalo Chorio houses a small Museum with the fossilized bones of the Dwarf Elephant. Tilos is an ideal island for walkers, and if you explore the island on foot you will see the many small castles, including one in Micro Chorio which is worth taking a look at.
Food – Wine – Tastes
The food served on Tilos is traditional, good Greek food. Ask for mezedakia, small dishes, and try out some of the local specialities.