AND GREEK ISLANDS
Information on Patmos holidays - Greece
Known as the Jerusalem of the Aegean, Patmos
island is the holy island of Christians, where
the Apocalypse of St. John was written. Visitors
of this Dodecanese island today are split into
two groups, the first half that still come to
the island because of its religious significance
and the second half comes here to enjoy the
lovely beaches, the serenity and the unique
character of the island and its people. Patmos
is a quiet island
at night, but a busy stop by
day for the many cruise ships that have made it
a port of call. Patmos is a spectacular island
with great beaches and a unique landscape, an
island where tourism until recently was low-key
but has been growing steadily. Don't miss the
unique Easter celebrations (Greek Orthodox
Easter) where you will have the chance to see a
staging of Christ's Last Supper. Also, take an
evening stroll through the narrow streets of Hora or Chora and watch the sunset from Kastelli
About Patmos island!
"The Jerusalem of the Aegean" or Holy island is
one way of describing Patmos island. Patmos is
distinguished for its beaches and for its
imposing 11th century Monastery which is the
island's most important landmark. The
construction of the monastery began in the 11th
century. It is circumscribed by massive walls
with battlements that protected the main church
and another five chapels. Its extraordinary
treasury contains Byzantine and post-Byzantine
icons, sacred vessels, 9th century embroideries
and other priceless objects, while its library
houses parchment documents patriarchal seals,
illuminated manuscripts and rare old books. In
the chapel dedicated to Our Lady, frescoes can
be seen which date to 1210-1220. Patmos,
situated between Leros and Ikaria, is a
mountainous island with rocky soil and an
abundance of small coves. It is 161 nautical
miles from Piraeus. The majestic fortress -
monastery crowns the hill above the port,
surrounded by dazzling white, cube-like houses
which spill down its flanks and form the town of
Chora. Ships arriving at Patmos dock in the
island's harbor Skala, a lively place with its
white houses, flowered courtyards, fish tavernas,
hotels, restaurants, cafes and shops. North of
Skala is the village of Kambos, set among trees
it is considered by many to be the
island's finest beach. There are miles of tracks
and lanes around Patmos, many other monasteries
and churches to explore and some lovely sand and
shingle beaches off the beaten track. There are
several other villages worth exploration. The
seaside village of Grikos is only 5 km from
Skala and has a couple of very good taverns.
Other areas worth visiting on Patmos are:
Kastelli a 20' uphill walk from the center of Skala where one will see a breathtaking view,
and especially at sunset (there is also a small
chapel on the summit where there are also
remains of a Hellenistic wall); Lefkes which is
one of the island's most fertile valleys and
produces much of Patmos' fruits and vegetables.
Boats from Skala will take you for day trips to
the nearby islands of Fourni, Arki , Lipsi and
Marathi . Alternatively the hydrofoil can take
you to Samos, Leros and islands further afield.
Chora - A medieval village around the Byzantine
monastery of St.John. This unique village with
white houses in the typical Aegean style is the
heart of Patmos attracting visitors from all
over the world.
Chora is a small community in itself, with lots
of charming little restaurants and bars, some
exquisite shops and small grocery shops. The
village is connected with the rest of the island
through regular bus transport and taxis or the
old donkey path, which takes visitors down to
the port in approximately 20 minutes.
Skala - Skala is the capital of Patmos
and the biggest settlement on the island. A
charming little port with lots of authentic
restaurants, Greek cafenions and shops of all
kinds. Evening entertainment is offered through
a variety of bars, clubs and open coffee shops.
All accommodations are mainly located at the
quiet back part of Skala or along the sea front.
Regular bus transport & taxis connects Skala
with all parts of the island and daily excursion
boats offer day trips to various quiet beaches
and other nearby islands.
Groikos - An idyllic fishing village,
approximately 5 km from the port of Skala,
located at the fascinating bay of Grikos with
its mysterious rock "Kallikatsou" which used to
house hermits for many centuries.
The old square offers a romantic view of
colorful fishing boats and small taverns
offering traditional food at all times of the
day. Secluded beaches with lots of shady trees
and sun-beds with umbrellas in some parts, is
the ideal place for a relaxing holiday.
Water-sports are offered for those who seek
sportive pleasures. Grikos is connected with all
parts of the island through regular bus
transport & taxis or old paths leading to Chora
Kambos - A rural village approximately
5.5 Km from Skala located at a beautiful sandbay
with lovely white houses in the Aegean style. An
unspoiled piece of nature where fishers and
farmers are your next door neighbours. The
village square as well as the beach offer a
variety of good taverns and a small grocery shop
supplies you with whatever is needed. Shady
trees and sun-beds on the beach give the visitor
any comfort required and water-sports facilities
are available for those who need some physical
Kampos is connected with Skala through regular
bus transport & taxis throughout the day.
According to mythology the first inhabitants of
Patmos island were the God of the sea Neptune
and Patmos or Pantos who was none else than the
Goddess Diana. The first inhabitants were the
Kares in 3000 BC followed by the Dorians and the
Ionians. Much later, when the Romans ruled
Patmos, the island became an exile place. In 95
AD the exiled St. John the Theologician reached
the island and wrote the "Revelation" in a cave
which is located at the foot of the monastery.
The island goes on to become a place of
pilgrimage for the Christians. In 1100 AD the
monk Christodoulos founded the Monastery of St.
John the Theologician. In 1200 the island was
conquered by the Venetians and in 1537 by the
Turks. From the end of the 16th century the
invaders prosper from trade and the island's
shipping. The harbor of Skala becomes the safest
and main port in the whole area. Large
storehouses are built, castles and rich mansions
to protect against attacks from pirates. In 1659
the Venetians destroy the island and in 1669 the
island falls under Turkish occupation. The
island of Patmos is finally freed in 1948 and
united with the rest of Greece.
Among Patmos island, beautiful beaches are Lambi,
Kambos, Livadi tou Geranou, Agriolivado, Meloi,
Girkos, Psili Ammos.
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Patmos island useful information
Area code: +30 22470
Tourist Information: 31666
Municipality: 31325, 32998
First Aid: 31211
Patmos Sailing / Yachting information
You can moor in the port of Skala.
There is a fuel and water refuelling station on
Patmos as well as a number of qualified boat
mechanics on the island in case you are in need
Transportation on Patmos island
You can rent motorcycles or cars.
The island also disposes of buses that have very
regular schedules up to Chora and to the various
beaches and of taxis.
Patmos SITES / MUSEUMS
Some of the most important sites of Patmos are
Monastery of St. John the Theologician
Cave of the Apocalypse
The women's monastery of Zoodoxos Pigi
Kasteli (in Skala) with remains of an ancient
The various little chapels scattered all over
Take a daily excursion to the little islets of
Arki, Lipsi or Marathi.
You must not miss visits to the nearby islets of
Arki, Marathi and Agathonissi.
You may also visit the nearby island of Lipsi to
spend a few days there.