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Top things to do and see on Patmos island

Patmos ● 28 November 2016

Patmos is not only a summer destination. Thanks to its reputation as the place where Saint John wrote the Apocalypse, it is a popular religious destination for pilgrims all over the world. If you are interested in this strong spiritual character of this Greek island, the best time to visit it is not summer when it is crowded due to its tourism, but in the fall, the winter or the spring when the weather is good and the ferry deals amazing, and you can feel the quiet and mystical vibes of Patmos.

The Monastery of Saint John

Constructed on the top of a hill above Chora, the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian belongs to the most important religious centres in Greece and Europe. It looks like a fortress, but inside, you will visit a monastery, which is built on the site of an ancient temple. You can also see a Byzantine church and the museum.

Chora of Patmos

The Medieval Chora

The well-preserved main town of Patmos is an architectural jewel of traditional white-washed houses and medieval churches, and it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk in the narrow streets, and enjoy then the magnificent view of the sea.

The Cave of Apocalypse

The Cave of Apocalypse is an important cultural monument, which attracts not only Christians but also atheists, who want to feel the aura of this sacred place. The Cave of Apocalypse is a UNESCO World Heritage Site too. There, you can learn about the story of Saint John and the revelation he received from God in 95 AD.

The Cave of Apocalypse

The port town of Skala

Even though Patmos  is a quiet place, and it is not the perfect place for party fans, you can find in the port town shops, restaurants, cafes and bars to dine and have fun. Skala is a developed touristic resort, and it constitutes the commercial and trace centre of the island.

Best beaches

Patmos offers some great beaches to lie on. Swim in the crystal waters of Skala, Livadi Geranou, Agriolivado. Loukakia, Diakofti, Petra, Vagia and Alikes, and feel the magic of the Aegean Sea. You can access these beaches on foot from Skala or by boat, which makes daily excursions to the best beaches of Patmos and the nearby islands.

The paths of Patmos

If you are a fan of trekking and hiking, you can explore the paths of the island that used to be the main transportation route. These paths offer significant insights into the way people used to live as well as astonishing island views.

Where to Stay

Pansion in Patmos, Greece Pansion Katerina
Pansion Katerina
Skala, 85500 Patmos, Greece

Pansion Katerina is located in Skala, Patmos, just a few-minutes' walk from the beach. Patmos Port is a 10-minute walk away from the property. Patmos Chora is 4.5 km away.

Hotel & Appartment in Patmos, Greece Theologos Houses
Theologos Houses
Grikos, 85500 Patmos, Greece

Theologos Houses is located in Grikos, just a 3-minute walk from the beach. Patmos Port is 3.6 km away. Patmos Chora is a 10-minute drive away.

Hotel & Appartment in Patmos, Greece Pico Bello
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Pico Bello
Grikos, 85500 Patmos, Greece

Built in a beautiful, traditional white and blue building, the family-run Pico Bello complex offers accommodation in spacious, bright studios just 50 m from the awarded Grikos beach. The distance from the main port of Patmos in Skala is 3.5 km, while Chora (Patmos town) is at 4 km. The property offers free transfer from/to the port upon request. Patmos island can be reached with a ferry boat from Piraeus (Athens), Lipsi and Leros islands.