With its mix of theological treasures, mountainous interior and a coastline indented with picture-perfect coves and sparkling crystalline waters, Patmos offers all you need for a relaxing and secluded Greek Island beach holiday or romantic getaway holiday.
Arguably the most beautiful of the smaller Dodecanese Islands, Patmos is famous for its religious history. This is where Saint John the Divine wrote the New Testament's Book of Revelation.
What to do and see in Patmos
Stroll beside the picturesque white-washed houses, bars and tavernas of the port of Skala. Then follow the ancient stone-paved donkey path uphill to explore the labyrinth of narrow alleyways in Patmos town (Hora), crowded with flowered courtyards and picture-perfect snow-white houses and chapels.
Discover the massive fortified Monastery of St John the Divine, built in the 11th century to honour the saint and renowned for its architecture, display of Byzantine icons and panoramic hilltop views overlooking the town and Patmos Bay.
Don’t miss the Cave of the Apocalypse, the castle of Agios Ioannis, the Patmian School and the churches of Agios Fokas and Agia Ekaterini. Patmos has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries and is one of the best places in Greece to experience Orthodox Easter.
Explore by car, scooter or bicycle the island’s scenic beauty and discover a choice of beaches that range from well organised to secluded. Choose from a range of accommodation options in the towns of Grikou, Skala and Kambos.
Best time to visit Patmos?
The best time to visit Patmos and the Dodecanese is between May and September when you can expect sunny blue skies and an average temperature of 27°C; however, the summer crowds of July and August are probably best avoided.
Patmos has a warm Mediterranean climate year round. The dry hot days of summer are mainly relieved by sea breezes. The rainy season runs from November to March.
Patmos is one of 12 (dodeca) islands lying east of Peloponnese, and is closer to Turkey than to mainland Greece. As well as Patmos, the Dodecanese Islands comprise Simi, Kos and Rhodes, plus a number of smaller islands.
By ferry, Patmos (the northern-most of the Dodecanese Islands) is 1 hour from Leros, 3 hours from Kos and 7 hours from both Rhodes and Pireaus (the port of Athens).
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