Famous for its religious past, Patmos is the island where Saint John the Theologian wrote the Book of Revelation (the Apocalypse). Today, this beautiful island with the spiritual vibes is a popular religious destination, with pilgrims coming to visit the Monastery of Saint John and the Cave of Apocalypse. These two monuments are the most important sightseeing in Patmos. The island also has nice and calm beaches for beach holidays, some organized and others totally secluded. Excursion boats from the port of Skala go to the islands of Leros, Lipsi, Arki, and Marathi.
In this section, you can see the best Patmos Sightseeing but also things to see by location.
You can also view all things to do in Patmos by category: villages, beaches, museums, and churches.
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Constructed on top of a hill above Chora, the Orthodox Monastery of Saint John the Theologian is among the most important religious centers in Greece. It looks like a fortress but inside there is a monastery, built on the site of an ancient temple.
Tradition says that in this cave, Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation, inspired by God. An entire monastery has been built around this cave.
This museum is located in the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian in Chora Patmos. It is a small museum housing all the treasures of the monastery, including valuable icons, ecclesiastical ornaments, embroideries, superb icons and clothing of priests.
Arki and Marathi are two remote islands daily connected to Patmos by boat. There have few inhabitants and they are known for their crystal beaches, accessed only on foot.
Location: On the southern side of the island
Description: Chora is a traditional village built on top of a hill, offering great view to the sea. It streches around the monastery and it distinguishes for its elegant architecture.
Location: In the centre of the island
Description: Skala is the main port and most developed tourist resort on Patmos. It is spread arounbd a bay and its terrain is rather flat.
Location: 4 km north of Chora
Description: This is the most popular beach on Patmos. Clean and pebbled, the beach of Skala has many tourist facilities around it.
Location: 8 km north of Chora
Description: This organized beach gets pretty busy in summer. It is located north of Skala, the main port of the island.
Location: 9 km north of Chora
Description: The lovely bay of Kampos is situated on the northern side of the island. It has crystal water and part of this beach is organized.
Google map of Patmos excursions
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