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Colors of Tilos Island - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

The island inhabitants are quite open and emotional. It’s a common thing here if you meet two Greek men having a heated discussion, using lots of gestures and interrupting each other. It might seem like they are arguing about something, but actually, it’s just what any normal conversation on Tilos Island looks like. Greeks can discuss in this way not only politics or chances their favourite team would win the next match but such common things as cooking coffee or weather forecast. People here just never hide their emotions. Locals, for instance, can tell jokes tight in the middle of the street, sing in a taxi or laugh loudly because of their mate’s amusing joke. Going to taverns is a national tradition, and grownups go there at least two times per week. However, the strict following of etiquette at the table is not actually welcomed here. There would be nothing wrong here if you accidentally push someone sitting next to you, will try to reach a tasty dish on the other side of a table or poor sauce right on a cloth.
The small island of Tilos is located close to Rhodes and is part of the Dodecanese. It attracts travelers primarily as the location of unique nature reserves and archaeological areas. … Open
People can openly laugh during meetings with friends or business lunches. Moreover, locals like alcohol and they can, for example, drink a glass of retsina even in the middle of a day. However, island inhabitants have a highly negative attitude towards drunk troublemakers, whenever he or she is one of the locals or a tourist. So, if you’re not intended to humiliate yourself, watch yourself while drinking alcoholic beverages.
Remember that locals sometimes use not only common gestures. For instance, to show agreement, they nod up and down like everybody else; to show disagreement they also nod up and down clicking their tongues. In order to ask someone to calm closer, locals waggle a flat to earth hand; depending on the intensity of waggling, they show how much they’re waiting for you. Tapping one’s lips doesn’t mean a kiss or that a person’s thinking in the local culture. The gesture means that one has something to tell you. Besides, locals usually put a hand on a heart and a little bit bow head to thank. Moreover, it’s better not to remove dust from your clothes as you’re standing next to a Greek, as they would think you’re trying to insult them. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Tilos Island would be a perfect place for calm family holidays. Unfortunately, there are no such children entertainments like theme parks, but, on the other hand, kilometers of deserted … Open
Another tradition here is to welcome other people if you come to a shop, bank, tavern, or public institution, even if all the people around you are strangers. And don’t forget that Greeks like to scold government, officials, «ridiculous» laws, and a bunch of other things they don’t like about the country. However, they will be offended if a tourist would decide to support such critics. Only Greeks can scold Greece – end of story. On the other hand, one of the best ways to ingratiate yourself to the locals is to say something positive about the island, country or, for instance, remember a fascinating fact about how Greeks and people of your country were on the one side once.
What is more, locals still don’t think that the conception of honour is something old-fashioned. Lying or getting profit from your close ones is absolutely not accepted here. Furthermore, many Tilos inhabitants believe that one should treat tourists as a member of a family. For example, you can have a meal and then promise to pay it tomorrow in some taverns.
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Locals don’t like working too hard in order to get profit. There is a belief here that money should bring happiness, and if it doesn’t happen, then why does one need money at all? That is why a Greek can easily spend their salary on a cool but needless gadget or to have a good time in a tavern. If locals get some extra money, they don’t invest it most of the times but spend on passing things.
Tilos inhabitants are rather religious. The majority of them belong to the Greek Orthodox Christianity, so all the significant religious dates are celebrated in a big way here. Such celebrations as Christmas, the Baptism of Jesus (young men and women not just dive into an ice hole but also try to get a cross thrown there by a priest), Easters, the Feast of the Annunciation are great reasons for public hangings all around the island. The Day of Saint Pantaleon – an island’s protector – is highly important for locals as well. It takes place on July 25-27 and then, in August, people honor Mary in the capital.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Tilos Island
♥   Castle 'Palaiokastro' Mandraki, 30.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Kastellos' Kritinia, 42.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Monolithos Castle' Monolithos, 45.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Anthimachia Castle' Kos, 48.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Nerantzia Castle' Kos, 53.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Bodrum Castle Turkey' , 68.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Kalymnos Castle' Kalymnos, 69.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Tilos Island

Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Tilos Island. Learn the best periods to visit Tilos Island to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Tilos Island.
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