GUIDE TO PATMOS
With its turquoise beach waters and spiritual atmosphere, Patmos is one of the most beautiful islands of the Dodecanese group to visit! Its is full of traditional houses and its main landmark, the Monastery of St. John in Chora, along with the Cave of the Apocalypse, attract numerous pilgrims every year.
To help you organize your vacation, we provide a guide with useful information: landmarks, beaches, activities, hotels, restaurants as well as a photo gallery that will make you fall in love with the island.
You can reach Patmos via ferry from Piraeus port in Athens. Patmos is also great for island hopping, with ferry connections to & from Kos, Leros, Lipsi, Rhodes, Ikaria, Naxos and Mykonos among other islands.
No airports are available on the island; the nearest ones can be found in Leros and Kos.
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Patmos belongs to the northern part of the Dodecanese island group.
The island's most important monument is the Monastery of Saint John, which is situated on the top of a hill above Chora, the capital town. The monastery is protected by walls, which make it look like a fortress.
Apart from the Monastery of Saint John, there are many other monasteries scattered around the island. The spiritual character of Patmos is very strong!
Another popular monument is the so-called Cave of the Apocalypse, where, according to tradition, Apostle John was inspired to write the Book of Revelation.
Due to its spiritual character, the island houses many religious festivals and feasts, which are a perfect opportunity for travelers to introduce themselves to the local tradition and history.
Chora is the island’s capital and one of its most picturesque villages. It boasts traditional architecture, thus it’s full of whitewashed houses, narrow paved alleys and it has a wonderful view of the Aegean Sea.
In Chora, you’ll find many hotels, cafes, restaurants and taverns, where you can taste the local delicacies. In addition to the town, another rather famous spot is Skala village, where the island’s port is located. Skala is a busy and touristy village.
As for its beaches, they are beautiful! The best organized beaches, such as Agriolivado and Livadi Geranou, are located on the northern side of the island. The rest of the island’s beaches are secluded, thus perfect for those who seek privacy.
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HOTELS & ACCOMMODATIONS
Patmos island is full of both modern and traditionally designed hotels, apartments, villas and houses with a calming atmosphere and more often than not, a convenient location near the beach.
In addition to the hotels of Chora, you will also find many nice places to stay near the port of Skala, as well as Grikos and other seaside villages.
HOW TO GET THERE & MOVE AROUND?
The only way to reach the island of Patmos is by ferry. There are ferries from Piraeus, the main port of Athens, but also from other islands of the Aegean. The closest airports are on Leros and Kos islands.
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HIGHLIGHTS: BEST OF PATMOS
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Located on top of a hill, Chora is the capital of the island. 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.
Livadi Geranou is a lovely beach with calm environment. Although it is not much organized, it gets pretty popular in summer.
On the northern side of the island 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.