Patmos | Dodecanese

37.2500° N, 23.1333° E

Patmos

The definition of class

If there's one thing that defines Patmos, it is the quality of the light. There is an awe-inspiring beauty in the way that the sun reflects on the sea's glittering surface and the electrifying palette of the sky as each day comes to an end, imbuing the landscape with a surreal feel. Even during the peak season's social whirl, the island seduces visitors with its dreamlike sceneries that inspired St John to write his Revelation.

Patmos belongs to the Dodecanese group of islands, yet its landscape is mostly rugged with a divine coastline full of sandy beaches and secluded coves. Built on top of a hill, the monastery of St John, a UNESCO World Heritage Monument, inspired the island's architecture that captured the spirit of its surreal beauty. The older houses were built tightly together to protect the locals from nature's force and the threat of invaders.   

Patmos Highlights

Chora

The architecture is stunning. Wander around its labyrinth of streets to really appreciate the details - the arched alleyways, the neoclassic city-hall, the plazas, the whitewashed houses that explode with colour from the bougainvillea, the little shops and cafes and the churches that pop up at every corner.

The Monastery of St John

The immense 11th century monastery that crowns Chora was built in 1088 and resembles a medieval fortress. Indeed, the monks used to alert the island when pirates were attacking, and used the small opening above the gate to throw hot oil on intruders. Inside the monastery you will find a museum with a stunning collection of religious treasures.

The Monastery and Cave of Apocalypse

The monastery is built around the cave where St John wrote his Revelation, the last book of the New Testament. It also includes three churches, Agia Anna, Agios Artemios and Agios Nikolaos. The monastery is situated between Skala and Chora and is one of the most important religious sites of Christianity.

Patmos International Film Festival

Patmos has a strong cultural identity, with art and cultural events throughout the year. One of the most important is the International Film Festival which takes place in late July and includes screenings, workshops, seminars and a short film competition.
What to do & see in Patmos

Patmos' religious background is a huge part of its identity. There is a sanctuary-like atmosphere that inspires total serenity. The villages are traditional, the beaches untouched, even the music played in the bars and restaurants is played at a pleasantly civilised volume.

Skala is the island's port and main settlement, its waterfront lined with colourful bars and restaurants.  Despite being the centre of activity, Skala has managed to maintain the laid-back charm that has turned it into the heart of the island.  Visit the ruins of the ancient acropolis, the convent of Zoodochos Pigi, the Italian Building and the islet Petrokaravo.  And after a day of sightseeing, head for one of the elegant restaurants and bars and mingle with the locals and tourists.

Chora has its own distinct charm, with its winding alleys and well-preserved neoclassical buildings. Visit the mansion of Nikolaidis to see a perfect example of a traditional Byzantine home. Explore the galleries, notably artist Andreas Kalatzis’ Patmos Gallery.  Find out about the Festival of Religious Music that takes place in late August.

You can also visit the beautiful villages of Grikos and Cambos, and plan a daily excursion to Arkii and Marathi, two neighbouring islets just off the coast of Patmos - you might even be able to spend the night if you're lucky enough to find a vacant room.   

Best beaches in Patmos
Agios Theologos Just a 200m away from the port, this sandy beach is very popular with locals due to its convenient location.
Agriolivadi Situated close to Skala, this sandy beach with some pebbles and warm, shallow waters is frequented by families.
Grikos Situated at the charming seaside village of Grikos, this is a long sandy bay with beautifully clear waters and natural shade.
Kambos The most popular beach of the island, with sand, flat pebbles and warm, shallow waters. Family-friendly and with organized facilities.
Lambi A stunning bay with colourful pebbles and crystal clear waters. There is a charming taverna set right on the beach.
Livadi Geranou A stunning pebbled beach, crystal clear waters, lush trees and view of the tiny islets that are situated across the bay.
Meloi Situated close to Skala. A sandy bay with crystal clear waters and natural shade. There is a campsite and taverna.
Petra A rocky bay of wild beauty that was once used as a hermitage by monks. From here, you can walk to Plaki and a string of successive coves.
Psili Ammos This beach is difficult to access - you either have to take a boat or walk for 30 to 40min to get there. Sandy and large enough to accommodate both families and nudists.
Vaghia A beautiful pebbly cove with cold, crystal clear waters and natural shade. Tranquil even during the busy peak season.
How to get to Patmos

The ferries that leave from the port of Piraeus take about 7hrs to get to Patmos. Alternatively, you can fly to Kos and then get a catamaran from there.

Where to stay in Patmos

A genuine aristocratic essence is generously passed to all the luxury villas in Patmos. Succumbed in the spiritual calmness of the island, the luxurious private villas one can find in Patmos have nothing to envy from residences found at other popular resorts in Greece. Chic and modern, with well-trimmed exteriors and cozy interiors, a holiday villa with pool in Patmos will take you in the island’s magical aura.

The Patmos Villas