Patmos is known for its peaceful atmosphere and is ideal for laidback travelers that appreciate an authentic Greek Isle vacation. Bask in the glory of this locale without the crowds and throbbing nightclubs found in more metropolitan locations.
Split your time between exploring the island’s ancient sites, relaxing on the beaches, and wandering through the charming villages. In your exploration of ancient sites, it’s best to begin with the imposing walls of the Monastery of St. John which is a World Heritage Site. Additional religious attractions include various churches and the Cave of the Apocalypse where it is believed that the Book of Revelations was written by the apostle John. Whether you pay pilgrimage to the Christian history of the island or simply wish for a peaceful holiday, Patmos delivers.
When the swell and crash of ocean waves lures you to the water, you have your choice of many beaches. From sandy and serene to pebbly and popular, you could make a game of visiting each beach during your stay and choosing a favorite. Pack up a picnic and find a secluded spot, or visit Kampos, Meloi, Agriolivadi where refreshments of all kinds are easy to find.
The various villages on Patmos invite you to sit and enjoy the sights and sounds at a sidewalk cafe or search for treasures in the shops. Chora is the capital of the island and features the traditional Greek whitewashed buildings that stand out so brilliantly against the vibrant Aegean. Skala draws larger crowds as a port town and is home to many cafes, taverns, and late night entertainment. Although the most bustling of the villages on the island, Skala is still very low-key compared to the raging club scene and tourist hives found on larger islands.
If you seek a tranquil island with tumbling green hills scattered with blooms and surrounded by the piercing blue of the Aegean, Patmos is the Greek isle you’ve been dreaming of.
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