Patmos

  • Island Of The Apocalypse

Island in South Aegean

Attractions, Beaches & Things to Do on Patmos

A big cruise ship anchored at Skala the official port of the island.
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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.

An overview of the settlement of Skala onmPatmos island.
↘ SE   < 1km

Skala, Patmos

The contemporary center as well as the commercial spot, and the only port of the island which hosts several public services.

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Entrance to the building that includes the Cave of the Apocalypse (Revelation) on Patmos.
↓ S   ≈ 1.4km

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.

A choir on the stage of the  Patmos Sacred Music Festival.
↓ S   ≈ 1.5km

Patmos Sacred Music Festival

Religious music festival known also as "the Divine Revelation of Music" that presents musical works inspired by the Christian faith.

An image showing the three windmills of Patmos on the hill.
↓ S   ≈ 2.2km

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.

A picture taken in one of the streets in the Chora of Patmos among the traditional buildings.
photo: Diakidou sophia
↓ S   ≈ 2.3km

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.

Orthodox priests during the Easter celebrations on the island of Patmos.
↓ S   ≈ 2.3km

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.

A picture showing the walls of the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian over the buildings of Chora on Patmos.
↓ S   ≈ 2.3km

Monastery of Saint John the Theologian, Patmos Chora

Orthodox Christian monastery that in 1999 was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

A photo depicting the beach of Grikos on Patmos island and a part of the homonymous settlement.
photo: Raki_Man / CC BY 3.0
↘ SE   ≈ 3.8km

Grikos Beach, Patmos

Sand & pebble beach included in the homonymous beautiful bay. It provides a natural tree-shadow and it's close to many caf├ęs and restaurants.

A close-up picture of the big rock (petra or Kalikatsou) located a the end of a sand strip at Petra Beach on Patmos.
↘ SE   ≈ 4.8km

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.

A photo of the Kampos Beach on the island of Patmos.
photo: Villa Sophia
↗ NE   ≈ 5.1km

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.

A panoramic picture of the Didymes (Twins) Beach on Patmos island.
photo: Villa Sophia
↗ NE   ≈ 5.7km

Didymes (Twins) Beach

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After a 15-minute hiking, someone can reach two identical small bays that form a small-pebble beach offering its distinctive name.

A photo showing the clear waters of the Psili Ammos Beach on Patmos island.
photo: Villa Sophia
↓ S   ≈ 7km

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.