Patmos is a narrow and rocky island, located on the eastern borderline of the Aegean
Sea, between Leros and Ikaria. Its mild climate, the impressive natural beauty,
the tourist infrastructure and the beautiful beaches with crystal clear sea,
promise unforgettable vacations. The port of Patmos is called Skala and on the
top of the cliffs stands Hora the capital while in the middle dominates the
enormous Byzantine monastery of St John Theologos build in 1088. It was here
that St. John the Theologian was inspired to write the book of Revelation or
Apocalypse during his exaltation between 95 and 97 A.D.
Hora grew up around the monastery of St. John Theologos in the late 16th c. White
houses, small lanes, miniscule churches and mansions belonging to grand sea
captains, form the style of the town. The view of the Aegean from the Hora is
The port of the island has modern buildings, lots of shops and is the center of
nightlife, with many restaurants and bars. It is connected to Hora by a
picturesque narrow cobbled path. On the route between Skala and Hora is the Cave
of the Apocalypse. It's a 17th century monastery, which was build around the
cave in which St. John wrote the book of Revelations.
St. John Theologos
St. John monastery, which is the most important landmark of the island, was built in
1088 after the order of emperor Alexios Komninos. It is a medieval monastic
complex surrounded by a fortified gray stonewalls with battlements that
protected the main church and another five chapels. In the monastery there are
Byzantine and post Byzantine icons, jewellery and emperors' presents,
illuminated manuscripts and rare old books.
The best and only sandy beach on Patmos. There is a simple
tavern serving simple Greek food.
A pebbled and organized beach with water sport facilities.
The most famous beach of the island. It is crowded especially in
August and offers water sports facilities. There is also a coffee shop on the
Mediterranean recipes, impeccable service in a pleasant setting with a sea view.
Enjoy the Fish and lobster dishes along with the home produced vegetables.
Good tavern with classical grill dishes and marvelous view.
How to get there
- By ferry: from the port of Pireaus