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North of Exombourgo, there's a 17th Century Jesuit monastery at Loutra. The Ursulines run a school there now. Walk from here to Volax to enjoy some wild scenery and granite outcrops in weird, mushroom-shaped, wind-formed rock formations. In Volax, look for the basket-makers and weavers who are well known on this island. Mt. Tsiknias, above, is the tomb of Calais and Zetes, the sons of Boreas the north wind. Boreas was responsible for blowing Jason and the Argonauts off course, so Hercules killed his sons and had them buried here. The north wind still keeps Tinos cool, even in August.

From Komi there's along valley that runs down to the sea at Kolymbithres, where there's a nice bay and sandy beaches.

Northern Tinos is famous for its green marble. You can see examples in a sculpture museum in Isternia. Several well-known Greek artists either came from or studied in the village Pirgos (or Pyrgos) where there is a sculpture school. Pirgos has a small museum and the residence of sculptor Giannolis Halepas which can be visited from April–October. There are shops selling students' works here.

Below Pirgos, the bus continues to the beach at Panormos Bay and to Marlas, where the marble quarries are. From the northern tip of Tinos it's only one nautical mile to Andros and a good spot to enjoy the red sunsets if you aren't blown over by the wind.

There's a remote beach at Kardiani on the southwest coast. Isternia is a pleasant village with many plane trees. From there you can drive to Ormos or Ag. Nikita Beach, where there are tavernas and places to stay.

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