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Patmos island: Patmos information - Patmos holidays - Dodecanese, 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 hill.

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Patmos island: Patmos information - Patmos holidays - Dodecanese, Greece

About Patmos island!

Patmos island: Patmos information - Patmos holidays - Dodecanese, Greece"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 Patmos island: Patmos information - Patmos holidays - Dodecanese, GreecePatmos island: Patmos information - Patmos holidays - Dodecanese, Greecemajestic 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 and greenery; 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.

Patmos Villages

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 and Skala.

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 activity.
Kampos is connected with Skala through regular bus transport & taxis throughout the day.

Patmos History

Patmos island: Patmos information - Patmos holidays - Dodecanese, Greece

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.

Patmos Beaches

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
Taxi: 31225
Harbourmaster: 34131
Police: 31303
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 of repairs.
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.


Some of the most important sites of Patmos are the following:

  1. Monastery of St. John the Theologician
  2. Cave of the Apocalypse
  3. The women's monastery of Zoodoxos Pigi
  4. Kasteli (in Skala) with remains of an ancient Acropolis
  5. The various little chapels scattered all over the island
  6. Take a daily excursion to the little islets of Arki, Lipsi or Marathi

Patmos excursions

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. Patmos island: Patmos information - Patmos holidays - Dodecanese, Greece

Click here for exact sea schedules from Patmos to Lipsi with Patmos Star Ferry

DO NOT MISS - Monastery of St. John the Theologician

"The Jerusalem of the Aegean" or Holy island is one way of describing Patmos island. Patmos is distinguished for its imposing 11th century Monastery which is the island's most important landmark.

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Airplane schedules:
There is no air connection to Patmos island.
You may fly to Samos, Kos or Leros and from there catch a boat to Patmos.

::: Ferry Boat and hydrofoil information for Patmos:

There are 10 weekly scheduled departures from Piraeus to Patmos in the summer and 4 in the winter.
Travel time from Piraeus is approximately 10 hours.

More information and scedules on Patmos ferry boats and hydrofoils:
Greek Travel Pages
Piraeus Port Authority
Tel: +30 210 4226000

Rhodes Port Authority
Tel: +30 22410 28888/22410 22220

::: Ferry boat connections from Patmos to other islands:

Dodecanese Islands: Agathonissi, Arki, Kalimnos, Kos, Leros, Lipsi, Rhodos
Cyclades Islands: Chios (North Aegean island), Samos (North Aegean island)

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