Attractions, Beaches & Things to Do on Patmos
Port of Skala, Patmos
The central wind-protected island port that welcomes large cruise ships, hosts ferry-routes to the Greek mainland & offers day trips in summer.
The contemporary center as well as the commercial spot, and the only port of the island which hosts several public services.
Cave of the Apocalypse (Revelation), Patmos
According to theologians it's the spot where St John had his visions that he recorded in the Revelation.
Patmos Sacred Music Festival
Religious music festival known also as "the Divine Revelation of Music" that presents musical works inspired by the Christian faith.
Windmills of Patmos
Located on a hill close to Chora two of them date since 1688 and one since 1863, while using the wind power were in function until 1950.
Chora of Patmos
The traditional central settlement and the capital of the "island of Revelation" that is located 3 kilometers away from the port of Skala.
Easter in Patmos
One of the most significant Easter destinations in Greece is famous for a mysterious atmosphere of immersion in what captivates the visitor.
Monastery of Saint John the Theologian, Patmos Chora
Orthodox Christian monastery that in 1999 was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Grikos Beach, Patmos
Sand & pebble beach included in the homonymous beautiful bay. It provides a natural tree-shadow and it's close to many cafés and restaurants.
Petra Beach & Rock of Kalikatsou
Within the Grikos bay, there is a beach named after a famous geological formation consisted of a big rock (petra) at the end of a sand strip.
Kampos Beach, Patmos
The most vivid, and cosmopolitan beach of the island. It offers water sport opportunities as well as food, drink, and entertainment choices.
Didymes (Twins) Beach« Ligginou »
After a 15-minute hiking, someone can reach two identical small bays that form a small-pebble beach offering its distinctive name.
Psili Ammos Beach, Patmos
A challenge that can be reached either by a 30-minute hiking or by a 40-minute boat trip from Skala. The destination is definitely rewarding.
Questions & Answers about Patmos
Why Visit Patmos?
- In 1999, Chora & the Monastery of Saint John declared as UNESCO monuments.
- Due to its religious heritage, the island is called the "Jerusalem of the Aegean." A peaceful destination with beautiful beaches and fresh-fish tavernas.
What is Patmos, Greece?
Patmos is the Greek island where Saint John the Theologian wrote the book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament. Apart from its sanctity, an incentive to visit the island are its beautiful beaches, and the white villages, which have been left untouched by tourism development the years. Access can only be done by boat from the port of Piraeus and the surrounding islands.
What is the history of Patmos, Greece?
Inhabited since the prehistoric era, it appears in references of Thucydides and Strabo as "Patnos". The island was of minor importance until Roman times, since it was a place of exile for political prisoners and the early Christian years. It was Patmos where the exiled disciple of Jesus, John wrote the Gospel and the Revelation, those landmark books of Christianity. In the years that followed Patmos attacked by pirates and seemed almost a desert place. With the fall of Constantinople, many refugees fled to the island and together with refugees from Crete, contributed significantly to the economic development of the island. Thus, until the 17th century, Patmos had become an important commercial and shipping center. Through the years, Patmos was ruled by Venetians, Turks, and Russians, until 1943 when the Italian rulers left it to Germans, and in 1947 Patmos joined the Greek state together with the other islands of the Dodecanese.