Holidays in Patmos

The Monastery of Saint John in Chora Patmos looks like a fortress

Patmos is a small island of the Dodecanese group, geographically located on the south eastern side of the Aegean Sea. The island of Patmos in Greece is world famous as the place where Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation (or else the Apocalypse). In fact, there is a cave on the island where Saint John was inspired this Book by God, as the legend says. This is called Cave of the Apocalypse. In general, the entire island has strong spiritual vibes, possible due the legend that follows it and its numerous monasteries. The largest is the Monastery of Saint John found on top of Chora, the capital town of the island. In summer, a Religious Festival takes place in Patmos for many years now.

Patmos hotels and tourism

Over the last years Patmos is a frequent cruise liners in eastern Mediterranean. However, apart from the days where the cruise liners make their appearance, the rest of tourist season is quiet and relaxing. Tourism in Patmos is popular mostly among families and people who want to get in touch with the spiritual atmosphere of the island. In general, the island does not have busy resorts with noisy entertainment, which is why it remains ideal for calm vacations.

The majority of hotels in Patmos are found in Skala, the port and main tourist village of the island. Some studios, apartments and family hotels are also found in Chora and few beaches, such as Grikos, Sapsila and Kambos. Except for one or two luxurious Patmos hotels, the rest of the accommodations are family places with traditional architecture and all needed facilities.

Villages and beaches

The capital town of Patmos island is Chora, a picturesque small place located on the slopes of a hill. On the hill top is the Monastery of Saint John, surrounded by huge stone walls which make it look like a fortress. The largest and most tourist village is Skala, the port of the island which also has many restaurants, shops and accommodation. These are the two main settlements on the island.

The rest of the settlements on Patmos are actually fishing places that also have few tourist accommodations. Grikos, Sapsila and Kambos are three quiet places with nice beaches, family studios and few taverns by the sea. Other beaches in Patmos are also Agriolivado, Livadi Geranou, Lambi, Meloi and Petra. A drive around will bring you to many other beaches, some of which are totally secluded.


The most important sights in Patmos Greece are the Monastery of Saint John and the Cave of Apocalypse. The Monastery is found on top of Chora and has a main church and an Ecclesiastical Museum with rare Byzantine icons and manuscripts. Few steps away is the Monastery of Zoodochos Pighi (meaning Life-giving Fountain in Greek). In the middle way from Chora to Skala is the famous Cave of Apocalypse, where Apostle John was inspired and wrote the Apocalypse, a book dictated by God.

How to get to Patmos

Patmos can be reached by ferry from the port of Piraeus, the main port of Athens. There are ferries to Patmos from Athens 3 or 4 times per week and the trip is about 12-14 hours, depending on the ferry route. There are also ferries to Patmos from close islands, such as Kos, Rhodes and Leros. In fact, many visitors choose to arrive by plane to these three close islands and then hop by ferry to Patmos.

Villages and beaches
Picturesque street in the centre of Chora, the capital of Patmos island

Chora is the capital town of Patmos and one of the most picturesque villages of the Dodecanese islands. Located 3 km from the port of Skala, Chora is actually constructed on top of a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea. The most impressive spot in Chora is the Monastery of Saint John, surrounded by walls that make it look like a fortress. These walls are lined around with white houses and mansions, creating...

Panoramic view of the village and port of Skala, Patmos island

Skala is the largest village and main port of Patmos island, Greece. This is where ferries and cruise ships arrive, given that Patmos has become one of the most frequent cruise stops in eastern Mediterranean Sea. Due to the close distance to the sea and the port, the region of Skala is the most tourist place in Patmos these days. The settlement was actually developed in the 19th century, when piracy...

View to the beautiful bay of Agriolivado in Patmos island

Agriolivado (or Agriolivadi) is a nice beach at a distance of 2 km from Skala, the port town of Patmos Greece. With sandy shore and crystal waters, Agriolivado is a popular beach that attracts many families with kids. The waters are crystal and warm. Part of the beach is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas, while the few tamarisk trees offer natural shade to visitors. In walking distance from Agriolivado...

Sightseeing in Patmos
Bell tower of Saint John Monastery in Patmos island, Greece

The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian is the most famous sightseeing in Patmos and an important religious place for Christians. Also called the Monastery of Saint John the Divine, it is a Greek Orthodox monastery founded in 1088 on the highest spot of Chora, the capital of Patmos island. The first thing to notice in Patmos is this monastery that crowns the highest spot of...