is a smallish Greek island in the Aegean Sea, most famous for being the location of both the vision of and the writing of the Christian Bible’s Book of Revelation. Patmos is known as the Jerusalem of Aegean. Today Patmos maintain itself successfully as a center for both pilgrims and tourists.
Patmos one of the northernmost islands of the Dodecanese islands has a population of around 3,000. Skala port is where all the ferries, yachts, leisure boats, and cruise ships dock. Skala town stretches around a wide sheltered bay. Skala gives you an impression of a smart, trendy and upmarket place. Many buildings here are influenced by Venetian architecture as the island used to be under Venetian rule and occupation.
Cafe-bar-restaurant Arion a classical old building and the meeting place and a waiting point for ferries. Patmos Jerusalem of the Aegean Built on a hillside up to the top of a hill to protect against pirate attacks. Chora (Patmos town) is the capital of the island. The picturesque Chora is crowned by the inspiring Byzantine fortress that encompasses the Monastery of St John. The panoramic views to Samos Island and Ikaria Island are plentiful and a nice reward for the walk uphill, (better take the local bus uphill and walk down).
The town is an architectural jewel of traditional whitewashed captains houses and beautiful mansions houses, a maze of narrow lanes with medieval churches and it has been declared a UN World Heritage site.
The Cave of the Apocalypse is situated about halfway up the mountain, along the road between the villages of Chora and Skala. This sacred, candlelit grotto is believed to be the spot where St John the Divine received his visions from Christ and transcribed the Book of Revelation, the last chapter of the Christian Bible. Exiled on Patmos in 95 AD, he preached to, baptised and prayed with the island’s inhabitants. Eventually, Patmos came to be considered sacred and the cave became the focal point of a significant religious pilgrimage.
Patmos main resort is Grikos set in an outstanding bay, 5 km east of Chora. Shingly beach but the longest on the island, small fishing boats idle in the bay. Grikos offers several bars and good tavernas. Grikos beach is the longest beach on Patmos, sandy with crystal-clear waters. Well organised with umbrellas, beach beds, and water sports during high season. A good place for families.
Silver Beach Hotel great value located on the beach. The Petra Hotel and Suites Petra Hotel and Suites is a small boutique style hotel, located on top of the hill with magnificent views.
Skala beach located next to the port. Sandy beach, shallow and clean waters, however, can get very crowded during high seasonIf you want to stay in Skala, close to the port (short walk)tavernas, bars, cafes, shops this is a good place Byzance Hotel and Apartments. Within 5 minutes stroll from the Skala town center and port, waterfront position Blue Bay Hotel, peaceful. Popular bar terrace.
Kambos is a picturesque village 11km from Chora, actually is two villages, Pano and Kato Kambos, (upper and lower Kambos). Kato Kambos (Kambos Beach) is possibly the most popular beach on the island. Mostly a sandy beach with “smallish” pebble stones, over a kilometers long, with clean, shallow waters making it safe for children. Organised with sun beds, umbrellas, and water sports facilities during the high season.
Lambi pebble beach is to the north of the island. Lambi beach can be reached from Kambos beach, walking it takes around 25 minutes. Tavernas on the beach serving good food in peaceful surroundings. Agriolivadi beach 2km north of Skala. A sand and pebble beach, mainly shallow waters make it ideal for children. Taverna and beach bar. Beach beds and umbrellas available. Some water sports on offer during the high season.
Patmos coastline offers a varied selection of beaches. On the southwestern coast is allegedly islands best beach Psili Ammos, about 10km south of Chora. Not the most accessible beach, boat tours from Skala. Sandy beach and dunes lined with many tamarisk trees. Taverna that serves good food. Popular boat trips to visit the offshore islands (beaches) of Arkoi, Marathos, and several unhibited islands.
The islands campsite in Meloi, only 2km north east of Skala. Meloi sandy beach, clear waters and the tamarisk trees for shade. There are a popular taverna and a mini market.
How to get here
Daily service Athens-Piraeus to Skala port of Patmos. Departure Gate One Piraeus (Dodecanese islands gate) “sailing” time around 7 hours with Blue Star Ferries, 9-10 hours with ANEK ferries. There are no fast ferries from Athens-Piraeus. Fast ferry service from the ports of Lipsi, Leros, Kalymnos, Kos and Rhodes the Dodekanisos Seaways ferry line using of Flying Dolphin-Hydrofoil and Catamaran ferries. Good connections during high season. (Island Hoppers be aware Flying Dolphin-Hydrofoil will not leave the port if the wind speed reaches 7-8-9 Bft). There are also some small privately own ferries connecting from various nearby islands “sailing” day tours to Patmos.
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Patmos have no airport. The neighbouring Dodecaneses Islands of Samos, Kos and Rhodes have airports with international (mostly charter) flights as well as domestic flights. Leros island domestic flights only. The quickest way to get to Patmos is to fly into any of these airports combined with a fast ferry service.
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