Tilos is part of the Dodecanese group of islands and sits between the two most popular islands in this group: Kos and Rhodes. It’s not as big as these two islands and it doesn’t attract anywhere near as many tourists, but it has a charm all of its own and there are plenty of reasons why you would want to set sail for this small island in the Aegean Sea.
Tilos has been described as everything from “Small and Quiet” to “Insignificant”, but those who have actually been there know it as “A Hidden Gem”, and once you pay a visit you’ll understand just what they mean.
Like all Greek islands, Tilos is naturally beautiful, with crystal clear waters, rising mountain peaks, and panoramic views of the beautiful Aegean Sea. But it also possesses an untouched, unspoiled quality that you won’t find on any neighboring islands, or any other Greek islands for that matter.
This is because Tilos isn’t swarmed by tourists every year and it hasn’t destroyed its natural beauty in order to make way for bustling ports, airports and resorts. It is the perfect island for visitors looking for a little more solitude, a little more natural beauty, and a lot less activity. That’s why we recommend it as a stop to anyone taking a charter in the Dodecanese, and as a day-trip for anyone spending a prolonged period of time on the islands of Kos or Rhodes.
Its status as an untouched and unspoiled islands means Tilos is perfect for hikers and explorers, but there’s also plenty to see for anyone who appreciates the natural world. Not only is there a rich cornucopia of natural flowers and fauna (including some delicious culinary herbs) but the island is also a refuge for a number of rare birds and for an abundance of beautiful sea-life.
It’s basically a protected, secluded nature park in the middle of the Aegean sea, albeit one that you can visit for free and enjoy at your leisure.