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The beautiful Tilos Island or Telos Island is one of the small beautiful Greek islands in the Dodecanese group that consists of 150 smaller islands and 12 larger islands on the Aegean Sea. The Greek Island of Telos should not be confused with the Indonesian Telos in the Telo's island group in Sumatra.

The Greek beautiful Tilos Island occupies about 65 square kilometres northeast on the Karpathio Pelagos and is about 30 kilometres at the northwest of the Greek Rhodes Island, 70 kilmoetres notheast of the beautiful Karpathos Island and south of the beautiful Nisyros Island.

The Municipality of Tilos consists of the island and the uninhabited islets of Antitilos and Gaidaros and stretches to 64.5 square kilometres. It is part of Rhodes peripheral unit.

It derives its name from Telos, or Tilos the son of Helios and Halia in the Greek mythology. He went to the island that carried his name later after its creation to search for herbs to heal his mother, Halia.

There are no large settlements in the beautiful Tilos Island. The island has only 2 or 3 towns. Most of the populations, which are over 600 live in the beautiful Livadia Town, the port of the island, whilst, surprisingly, very few numbers live in Megalo Horio, the capital of the island, which has only less than 100 inhabitants. The other hamlets are almost deserted or have no population to mention.

There are some beautiful bays, capes, coves and beaches around Tilos. Some of the resorts are very near in a walking distance from Livadia and they have popular paths for walkers. Two guides in the port town offer group hiking to those nearby beaches.

Cape Pounda is at the top northwest of the beautiful Tilos Island or Telos and at the left side of Agios Antonios Bay. The beautiful beach of Plaka and the beautiful beach of Agios Antonios are on this bay.

Plaka Beach is beautiful shady and clean beach with a path down of it that leads to Moni Agiou Panteleimona. This is a monastery from the 18th century at about 5.3 kilometres and it has frescoes and annual fests. People reach it in groups by the minibus of the island.

Agios Antonios Beach is about 9 kilometres at the northwest of Livadia and it takes about 13 minutes drive. Megalo Chorio, the capital town is just below it at about 2 kilometres and it takes few minutes by foot.

It is about 7 kilometres from Livadia and it takes about 10 minutes drive However, it doesn't seem as a capital, as it is very small settlement and it hasn't much accommodations.

Up at the top right side of the bay and in small carved arch before Cape Orfos is the beautiful Skafi Beach, at about 10,2 kilometres north of Livadia. Cape Orfos is at the top northeastern side of the beautiful Tilos Island or Telos Island.

Down along the eastern coast and almost at the centre of this coast is the beautiful Lethra Beach facing Gaidaros Islet or Gaidaro Nisi, which is at a stone cast distance.

Gaidaro Nisi is about 2.9 kilometres at the northeast of Livadia and it takes 3-4 minutes by boat.

The beautiful Lethra Beach is in the area of Potami George, about 2.7 kilometres at the northeast of Livadia and it takes about 3-4 minutes drive from there. It is sandy and pebble beach with a cove. The path starts at the north of the port. There are goats and oleanders in the area of Potami George.

South of the port of Livadia and about 800 metres is the beautiful Agios Stefanos Beach on a bay by the same name. Down at the southeast is the beautiful Despoti Nero Beach above the abandoned settlement of Yera.

It is in a long distance if you walk to it following the road to the south around Agios Stefanos Bay, to the Church of Agios Ioannis and hiking further towards Yera.

On the turn along the southern coast towards the southwest is the beautiful Agios Sergios Beach just before Cape Trahilos. The beautiful Tholos Beach is up from this cape at the southwestern corner.

Few hundreds metres at the north of it, is the beautiful Stavros Beach. Following the western coast of the beautiful Tilos Island or Telos Island to the northwest is the beautiful Eristos Beach on a bay, followed by the beautiful Agios Petros Beach.

The beautiful Eristos Beach is shingle beach with gritty sand in some parts and some shades, as there are some tamarisks. It is at the northwest of Livadia and south of Megalo Horio, which lies almost at the middle of the way between this beach and Skafi Beach at the northern edge of the island.

There are tavernas and accommodation facilities here, including Eristos Beach Hotel and other studios and rooms. Self-camping is also available.

The beautiful Megalo Horio Town has some 50 inhabitants living in white dwellings including few restaurants and hotels that give the town a rural feel and test.

A track at the north of the town leads to the Knights Castle. Hiking to the castle takes about 42-50 minutes, through Tilos ancient settlement, with remains of its stone houses, once stood on the rocky area.

There is a small museum on the main street of Megalo Horio displaying mastodon bones found in Harkadio Cave. There are no much interesting beautiful sites here, but the town is beautiful and quiet.

Beautiful Tilos Island - Useful Resources:

This is one of the best Rough Guides to the Dodecanese and East Aegean Islands. It is one of the most comprehensive handbooks to these two scenic archipelagos, comprising of 27 islands. Best of all, it is cheap guide.

The The Rough Guide to The Dodecanese & East Aegean Islands - 4th Edition

features a full-colour introduction showing the highlights of the islands, each with its distinctive personality, history, architecture and flora - from lush groves of cypress, pine and olive to volcanic crags and salt marshes.

There are critical reviews of the best places to stay, from hostel dorms to five-star luxury hotels and detailed coverage of the best hikes, hidden beaches and historic monuments. As with all Rough Guides, there are detailed maps and plans for every region pinpointing listings and places of interest.

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