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Tilos

Listed under Islands in Dodecanese Islands, Greece.

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Tilos is a little inverted 's shaped' island between Kos and Rhodes, so shares some of those larger island's most attractive characteristics, the lush green interiors and the bright blue bays, but with a lot less of the tourist crowd.  At it's widest point, Tilos is only eight kilometres across, with limestone mountains, and volcanic valleys dotted with pumice beds and dried lava in between the coastlines, a mix of sand and pebbles.  The island has only two villages, and a population of around 400, but there are plenty of welcoming tavernas and little hotels.  The Monastery of Áyios Pandeleímon, on Mount Profítis Ilías, is one of the island's main man made sights, but there's also a string of castles and plenty of ruins to explore and the remains of a dwarf elephant have been found in one archaeological dig.

Written by  Emilie Stokes.

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