Welcome to Patmos
Known as the ‘Jerusalem of the Aegean’, Patmos is a historic and sacred island. It is also one of the most beautiful of the Dodecanese isles, with its rolling green hills, whitewashed houses, sheer cliffs and pretty bays.
During Roman times Patmos was a place of exile. It was here that Christ’s disciple, John, was exiled by the Roman Emperor, Domitian, and here in a cave that he wrote the last book of the New Testament, the Book of Revelation. Known today as the ‘Cave of the Apocalypse’ it is one of Greece’s most historic and impressive sites.
The island is overlooked by the Holy Monastery of the Apocalypse which was built as a castle in the 11th century and comprises 10 chapels and 99 cells. Around it grew up the small traditional town of Chora which is one of the most beautiful and best preserved medieval towns in the whole of the Aegean. Wandering in its narrow streets and alleys you will come across dozens of stone churches, their roofs made with timber from cypress trees, interspersed with glittering white houses and grand mansions. You can walk all the way down to the port of Skala in a narrow bay which almost divides the island in half.
Patmos is a great choice for a laid-back beach holiday. Grikos on the south of Patmos is one of the prettiest bays in the Dodecanese. Its fine, sandy beach is located in a small green valley, and it is sheltered by a peninsula to either side and the rocky islet of Tragonisi to the fore.
Take a boat trip to one of the surrounding islands, stopping to swim in the crystal-clear waters. Psili Ammos, which is known as the best beach on the island can only be accessed by boat or on foot.
There are regular ferry and/or catamaran services between Patmos and the port of Piraeus (Athens) on set days, and daily to Kos, Rhodes and Leros.
Transfers and Distances
Details of all island transfers will be given at the time of booking or on request, since these vary depending on departure details.
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