an island of unpolluted beauty, tinos boasts a marvelous tradition in architectural shapes. a mixture mostly of orthodox influences but also of venetian and catholic lines adorn the older buildings and houses of the island which bear arches, marble cravings and sky blue or green colours on their doors and windows.
loutra with its traditional vernacular architecture was made out of slate and decorated with marble details. this was more profound in the houses built in the northern villages such as pyrgos, isternia and panormos which were close to the marble quarries.
a characteristic of the traditional tinian house was the “volto”, a semi-circular stone arch in the middle of the main room which supported the roof when it was big enough. such a “volto” can be seen in the main room in the rental house in loutra.
the small buildings which are scattered all over the rural parts of tinos are called “katoekies” or “kellia” and were once used as cowsheds or warehouses. these were vital to the tinian farmer who used them among other things to rest during the hot hours of the day during the cycladic summer and to store his produce before transporting it to the harbor of tinos to sell it.
visitors in tinos will also notice the numerous dovecotes most of which were built during the venetian rule, and once added to the income of the island. the pigeons were a delicacy much appreciated in constantinople during the ottoman empire days. one can see a lot of dovecotes gathered close to the village of tarambados, 10 minutes away from the harbor of tinos and very close to the villages kambos, ktikados and smardakito.