Patmos is world famous as the island where Saint John was inspired and wrote the Apocalypse, this mysterious book of Christianity. In fact, the Monastery of Saint John and the Cave of Apocalypse are the important sights there.
Things to see and do
The island of Patmos is one of the Greek islands of the Aegean Sea and it belongs to the Dodecanese islands group. The most important sightseeing of Patmos island, part of the Dodecanese islands, is the Monastery of Saint John, located on top of a hill above Chora. This monastery is surrounded by walls and looks like a fortress. In the middle way between Chora and Skala, the two main villages of Patmos, there is the Cave of Apocalypse, where according to tradition Apostle John was inspired the Book of Revelation. Many other monasteries can be found around the island, a place with intense religious character and long history.
The most picturesque village is Chora, with white houses, paved paths and great view to the Aegean Sea. Skala is also a nice place with many tourist facilities and restaurants. Due to the port, Skala is the busiest spot of the island. Very nice beaches are located on the northern side of the island, such as Agriolivado and Livadi Geranou, which are also organized. The rest of the beaches are secluded and perfect for privacy.
This guide of Patmos offers all the necessary information about holidays on the island. Located north of Leros, Patmos can be combined for holidays with other islands. Patmos is also a frequent stop for cruise ships to Kusadasi and Ephesus.
Highlights in Patmos
Located on top of a hill, Chora is the capital of Patmos. Due to the traditional style and the many monasteries, this village is included in the world heritage lists of Unesco.
On top of the hill above Chora is the impressive Monastery of Saint John, considered a religious centre for Christianity. This architecture of this monastery looks like a fortress.
In the middle way between Chora and Skala is the historical cave of Apocalypse. According to the tradition, this is where Saint John was inspired the Book of Revelation.
The sandy beach of Skala is the most organized beach on the island. It is located in a short walk from the port and it is lined up with beach studios and restaurants.
On the northern side of Patmos is the beach of Kambos, a relaxing place to enjoy a day at the sea. The close beach of Livadi Geranou is also beautiful.
In summer there are daily boat trips from the port of Skala in Patmos to the secluded islands of Arki and Marathi. These two islands have amazing beaches and relaxing atmosphere.