Patmos is one of the most beautiful islands located at the northern part of the Dodecanese, having 3,000 residents, and covering an area of 34 square kilometers with a 63 kilometer length of coastline, with tiny island surrounding it waiting to be discovered.
The strong presence of ecclesiastical art and architecture in Patmos gives a special Monasterial character to this Island of the Apocalypse. Patmos has been included in UNESCO’s Monuments of Word Heritage since 1999 thanks to “Chora” the Historical center, the Abbey of Saint Ioannis the Theologian, and the Cavern of Revelation.
However, the island is so much more than just a pilgrimage site. Patmos is a popular destination for quality holidays, satisfying visitors of all ages.
The chora is the name for the capital of the island, having one of the most idyllic landscapes in Patmos and is probably the most impressive “chora” that exists on all the Greek islands as it is located at the higher part of the island providing a spectacular view. The majestic Monastery of St John imposingly dominates a hill above the Chora, amidst an entire landscape is made up of the crisp white of neoclassical buildings.
There are a total of 51 churches in the Chora too! The Cave of the Apocalypse, the site where the Book of Revelation was written by Saint John, is located on a road between the Chora and Skala.
Skala is the main port and the biggest settlement of the island of Patmos. It has an Italian style to its buildings and visitors can find multiple shops, restaurants and hotels.
Beaches of Patmos
Patmos has multiple beautiful beaches such as, Agriolivadi, Kampos, Lampi, Meloi, Petra, Groikos, Livadi Geranou, Aspri, Panagia Geranou, Alukes and more that can cover every taste of its visitors. One that is definitely recommended is Psili Ammos, which is a sandy beautiful beach that people can visit by boat or by a 20 minute walk through a path with amazing sea view as there is no road to access it with a car. There, you will find a small traditional restaurant and a long beautiful beach.
Travelling Around Patmos
Patmos is a relatively small island. It is not necessary, but we recommend that you have your own means of transportation, renting a car or a bike, in order to make the most of your time on the island. Otherwise, many beaches and villages are connected by regular bus services as well as by boats. You can also use taxis for your transportation.
There are small uninhabited islands that you can visit by boat such as Aspronisia and Makronisi with crystal turquoise waters that will amaze you! You can go there with tourist boats or rent a speedboat with a skipper to have a more private experience.