It can be argued that Marathi is the smallest island throughout all of Greece. This off-the-grid oasis has no paved roads, little electricity, and minimal businesses that result in a small permanent residency (you may see more goats than people), but it attracts visitors who want to escape civilization for a while. Guests have a choice between three accommodations and, essentially, three tavernas serving traditional Greek cuisine. Spend time laying on the untouched beach, then walk to the stone goat shed or the blue-domed church—the only one on the island. Marathi isn’t an ideal fit for adventure-seekers, but those looking for serenity might call it paradise.
By Nicoletta Richardson, AFAR Staff