TSIKNIAS. The highest mountain of Tinos (714m) was once named Giras or Girai Petrai by Girians –one of the twelve ancient tribes that is said to have lived there. It is standing near Livada beach and you may drive or trek up to the top to admire the impressive views of the Aegean Sea. In Greek mythology Tsiknias is associated to king Vorias (Aiolos/North Wind). After discovering his children’s tombs, killed there by Hercules, the king mourned by unleashing the strong north winds, still blowing on Tinos (called meltemia in the summer). Experienced sailors and fishermen always look up on Tsiknias in order to predict the weather.
VREKASTRO/VRYOKASTRO. A rocky hill laying on the eastern side of Agios Fokas beach. Atop were found ruins of the oldest settlement and fortification on the island, dating back to the Neolithic era, circa 16th century BC. The swamp that existed around the hill (visible even today during winter) seems to have favored the prehistoric inhabitants as it was forested and thus attracted a variety of prey for hunting.