Although small, this island situated to the south of Nissiros
captures the imagination of anyone interested in paleontology,
for here there once lived a prehistoric dwarf elephant, whose
skeletons were found in one of its caves.
The capital of Tilos is Megalo Horio (literally Big Village),
located in the interior to the north of the island. It is built
like an amphitheatre on a hillside topped by a ruined castle
erected by the Knights. The village occupies the site of the
ancient town, whose remains can still be seen scattered among
Some 2.5 kilometres west of Megalo Horio, you can visit the
monastery of Aghios Antonios, while 6.5 kilometres to the
northwest is another monastery – with guesthouse – dedicated to
Aghios Panteleimon. Lush greenery surrounds this walled, 18th
Tilos’s main port is Livadia, southeast of Megalo Horio.
The island’s best beaches are at Livadia, Aghios Antonios, Plaka
and Erysto (2.5 km. from Megalo Horio).