If You Love: Skiathos, for the quaint
Greek island life.
Instead Try: Pátmos, the northernmost island
of Greece’s Dodecanese chain.
Getting There: Fly into Sámos, Kos or Léros
Island and take a hydrofoil to reach Pátmos.
You Should Know: Ever since Mamma Mia! was filmed on Skiathos and neighboring Skopelos,
tourism has exploded, so it’s well worth moving on to a Greek island that isn’t
overrun. Like Skiathos, Pátmos has beautiful beaches (sand beaches are only on
several of the Greek islands) and a healthy does of charm. It also has a
history of spirituality (it was once the pilgrimage location of choice for
Christians for its association with St. John the Divine) and it’s easy to see
why: The island’s mostly untouched terrain makes it a serene retreat.
Where to Stay: Venture to the picturesque
town of Chorá, which offers a mix of classic Greek whitewashed buildings and
medieval mansions like the charming and bright four-bedroom Petra Villa (rental from $1,330;
Chora, Patmos Island; 30-224/703-4020; petrahotel-patmos.com). It’s close to the cave of the apocalypse, where St.
John is believed to have written the “Book of Revelations.”