Information about Patmos Island Greece
Thousands of visitors come to the island of Patmos throughout the year to admire its sites and to enjoy some of the most wonderful beaches in the Aegean Sea. The island has the most tourist traffic during the major Christian holidays.
Patmos Greece is considered a holy island, where the exiled St. John the Theologian found refuge and wrote the Apocalypse. There are two very significant sights in Patmos that are connected to St. John the Theologian. The first is the Monastery of St. John, located in Patmos Town (Chora). Visitors can walk through the monastery, admire the beautiful murals and icons and visit the museum of the monastery, where many relics and important documents are displayed.
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Half-way between the Port of Patmos in Skala and Patmos Town is the Cave of the Apocalypse, otherwise known as the Holy Grotto, where St. John the Theologian heard the voice of God and witnessed visions, which he then inscribed, creating the Book of Revelation or the Apocalypse. Visitors can sit in the cave and listen to a monk tell the story of St. John and how the Apocalypse was written.
In Patmos Town (Hora), you should also visit: the Patimiada School, the Monasteries of Zoodochou Pigis, of Panagia Diasozousa and of Evangelismou, the Ecclesiastical Museum and the Folklore Museum.
In Skala, we suggest visiting the Acropolis Ruins and the site where St. John the Theologian baptised the inhabitants of Patmos. Other interesting sites on the island are the Stone in Grikos (used in ancient times for religious ceremonies) and the Ruins of the Acropolis on Kasteli Point.
Patmos Island possesses many stunning beaches, where you can enjoy swimming and sunbathing. On the northeastern side of Patmos, Greece, you will find Lambi Beach, a wonderful stretch of colorful pebbles, located in a bay area. The eastern coast provides the popular Kambos Beach and Agriolivado Beach, which are fully-organized and also situated in sheltered bays. Near Skala Port, you can swim at Meloi Beach.
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The village of Grikos, on the southeastern coast of Patmos, is surrounded by small beaches with tamarisk trees. Psili Ammos is considered to be the best Patmos Beach, with soft sand, tamarisk trees and azure waters. It is located on the southwestern tip of the island and can be reached on foot from Stavros or by excursion boats from Skala.
From Patmos Island visitors can go by boat for a day trip to the isles of Arki, Marathi and Agathonissi. The isles have beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters and are known for their rare flora and fauna. If you want to have new experiences contact trustworthy Patmos Travel Agents arranging daily trips and excursions all around Patmos and neighbouring islands ensuring exciting holidays on Patmos Greece.
Local Cuisine of Patmos Greece
While on the island of Patmos, give in to your appetite and try the local delicacies such as: fresh seafood (octopus and calamari), cheese pie, "pouggi" (little syrupy pouches made with fyllo dough and almonds), "apidakia" (sweets with walnuts and honey) and other sweets.
Do not let the fact that Patmos is a holy island fool you. It has a number of fabulous nightlife venues, most of which are located in Skala, the island's port and in Patmos Town. The bars in Patmos Town close at 2 am, at which time there is a mass transfer of people to the clubs and bars in Skala, keeping Patmos nightlife strong till the early morning hours. Charming tavernas and restaurants can be found throughout the island. Most serve the traditional dishes of Patmos, including goat in lemon sauce, pork in wine sauce, stuffed calamari, fresh fish and Patmos cheese pie.
If you want to experience a bit of the traditional side of Patmos Greece, we recommend attending some of the local events and festivals. During Easter, several religious celebrations are held in Patmos Town (Chora). In Skala, you can attend the carnival during Mardi Gras or the Ecclesiastical Music Festival in September.
How to Reach Patmos
You can board ferries to Patmos from Piraeus Port. High-speed and ferry boats to Patmos Port in Skala also depart from other Dodecanese Islands (Kalymnos, Kastelorizo, Kos, Lipsi, Leros, Nisyros and Rhodes), some Cyclades Islands and Samos. The cost of boat fares for Patmos Island depend on the season and the type of boat, so book in advance to pay lower fares. Depending on the number of stops the ferry makes at other islands, the trip from Piraeus Port to Patmos Port (Skala) may last anywhere between 9 to 11 hours. Patmos travel agents will be glad to undertake your Patmos holiday planning and ensure you air and boat tickets, as well as Patmos travel packages in most attractive prices.
Piraeus Port: Tel. +30 210 422-6000 to 4
Patmos Port: Tel. +30 22470 31231