What to do
A small Greek island in the complex of the Dodecanese, Patmos has gained worldwide recognition as the holy place where St John wrote the Book of Revelation and is reknowned to be an UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2009, Forbes named Patmos as Europe’s Most Idyllic Place to live, due to the fact that “Patmos has evolved over the centuries but has not lost its air of quiet tranquility”.
With no direct airport service, the island has maintained a spiritual atmosphere, that over the years has attracted Royalties and world VIPs. Lace like beaches-some accessible only by boat and volcanic formed bays, offer unique views to the surrounding islands and even the Turkish coastline. The Holy Monastery of the Apocalypse in Chora dominates all views; is a must see labyrinth of cells and arcaded courtyards looks like a Byzantine castle and was built like a fortress. Its famous Library dating back to 1073, consists of 3000 printed books and thousands of documents.
Activities in Patmos
History and Culture
The Orthodox Monastery of Saint John the Theologian is dominating the scenery of Patmos. Among the most important religious centres in Greece, it looks like a fortress but inside it is a monastery, built on the site of an ancient temple. A guided tour through the white washed walls of 10 chapels and 99 cells, makes you feel like you are walking into the creative spiritual nucleus of Christianity.
Discover the magic energy of Patmos by walking some of the most fascinating routes of the island. Historical pathways, hidden alleys, unknown beaches, remote chapels, abandoned hermitages, human masterpieces, monuments of nature offer rare, authentic views of the impressive geological formations of this orginally volcanic island.
Beachlife and Sports
Waterpsorts at Kambos Beach
On the northern side of Patmos is the beach of Kambos, the ideal destination for families and young children to enjoy waterskiing or other water sports activities!
Take a day sailing trip to the smaller islands!
Hire your own sailboat for a day and head for a daily excursion to the nearby islets of Lipsi, Arkoi and Marathi. Marathi has a beautiful long sandy beach and a few tavernas, what an easy relaxing escape!
Food and Dining
There are many traditional cuisine restaurants and romantic spots for dining in Patmos, where travelers can taste local specialties of fish and seafood, such as squid stuffed with rice, octopus stew, as well as local cheeses and sweets. You might be surprised but many of the best places are not necessarily found in the main villages of Skala or Hora, but rather on the beaches scattered around the island!
So go ahead, the short ride is definitely worthwhile!
Vegghera (+30 22470 32988) is a premier restaurant in Skala combining traditional Greek fare with French-influences. Located in a beautiful mansion, looks over the marina, which in the summer is full of sail boats. It specializes in seafood and features a selective wine list – all that coupled in an elegant setting of island luxury.
Benetos (+30 22740 33089) this restaurant located in Tuscan villa in Sapsila Bay, is a beautiful unpretentious dining spot by the sea. Recipies using freshest and finest local ingredients, mostly from their own organic garden, make this place a gastronomic destination in the island. Small tip: the restaurant has only 12 tables, so book a table well in advance especially in the summer months.
Taverna Lambi (+30 22470 31490) is a seaside taverna on the beach of Lampi which is famous for its beautiful pebbles. An ideal place for a dinner with children, come here at dusk and taste the fresh seafood and exceptionally carefully prepared grilled fish.
Bars and Nightlife
BARS AND NIGHTLIFE
The nightlife scene in Patmos, while not ecclesiastical, is a bit subdued compared to some Greek islands.
Stoa Bar in Hora, is a trendy bar hidden under the leaping arches of a designer-converted medieval cellar; ideal for an early drink it focuses on jazz, lounge and ethnic soundtracks.
Astoivi (Cafe 1673), an all-time classic nightlife spot with a beautiful terrace, has over the years attracted fashion gliteratti and royals.
Patmos – an island full of mystery and extremes, does not have an airport. The closest airport is in the island of Leros, but flights from Athens are more frequent towards Kos, Rhodes and Samos. So we would advise you to fly to a neighboring isle and then connect to Patmos by catching a catamaran or a hydrofoil. Local itineraries connect Patmos to the aforementioned islands on a daily basis during the summer. The flight from Athens lasts 45 minutes and the connecting fast ferry ride is about 40 minutes.
Patmos is connected by boat with Piraeus, the other islands of the Dodecanese, but also with other islands of the Aegean Sea, like Samos and Ikaria. But this is a long trip with many stops and takes about 7 hours from Piraeus to reach the port of Patmos. The trip from the nearby islands of the Dodecanese ie Kos lasts about 1-1.5 hours, while the trips from Ikaria or Samos last a little longer.
The most efficient way to reach the island of Patmos from Athens is definitely by helicopter; total travelling time is about 50-60 minutes and is a magnificent flight over the Cyclades.