Tinos is one of those sleeper hit islands. This 75 square-mile isle in the northern Cyclades, is known widely for its Greek Orthodox pilgrimage site: the Church of the Annunciation, in the port and main town, Hora. But as soon as you leave the throngs in town, Tinos is a wonderland of natural beauty, dotted with more than 40 marble-ornamented villages found in hidden bays, on terraced hillsides and atop misty mountains. Also scattered across the brindled countryside are small churches and 1000 ornate dovecotes, a legacy of the Venetians.
There’s a strong artistic tradition on Tinos, especially for marble sculpting. The food, made from local produce (cheeses, sausage, tomatoes and wild artichokes), is some of the best you’ll find in Greece.