PATMOS THE JERUSALEM OF THE AEGEAN SEA
The island has a real form of hippocampus. It is nicknamed the Jerusalem of the AEGEAN SEA. Life in Patmos is organized on the eastern part of the island around the two central villages of SKALA the port and HORA which overlooks the whole island.
In the center of the island you will arrive at SKALA which is the central place of the island. The city of HORA, the upper city overlooks the entire island with a fantastic panorama over the whole island and on those around like LIPSI, IKARIA.
is 1500 inhabitants in winter and 15000 in summer. With sumptuous yachts. Most beach establishments, restaurants, shops, galleries are run by seasonal scones from Athens, France, Italy and the UK. It is sometimes difficult to find the traditional Greek touch but of course the Aegean sweetness is found everywhere. The month of August is almost unlivable with many cars. It’s the period of Moeke and Miniconvertible… Similarly, the island is asphyxiated by the passage of cruise ships.
There are many diehards who come to spend several months of spring and summer in PATMOS., real regulars who have been coming for many years. Hence an important residential development with the typical architecture of Patmos but with some houses that border on excess. You will hear more easily English and French (Parisian rather than Greek). The island’s tourism is more organized for this rich clientele of regulars than for mass tourism or even passing through. We dine, we go to the beach, we have a drink with friends …
The island is marked by religious heritage. With many monasteries scattered all around the island. The island welcomed St. John in exile decided by Rome. He wrote in the eponymous cave, the Apocalypse according to Saint John. The cave is a place of pilgrimage between SKALA and HORA.
At HORA , the MONASTRY OF SAINT-JOHNoverlooks the city and the island. The small alleys are very nice to walk around with many galleries. Almost all of Hora’s private houses and hotels are owned by foreigners, the Greeks, the patmiotes live as refugees in the north of the island
At the port of SKALA you will find shops, restaurants, bars and all the nightlife that ends early in the evening at HORA. Both villages are the tempo of the day at PATMOS. We brunch in the morning until around noon either at SKALA or HORA and then around noon, an hour we head to a beach bar set up to the twilight before returning to SKALA and HORA for a dinner to see a drink. A very bobo lifestyle…
So if you want to get off the beaten track, rent a scooter and go.
There are beautiful wild BEACHES in Patmos: PSILI AMMOS in the south of the island, GERANOU TOU LIVADI on the head of the seahorse to the north and in the same area the twin beaches in KAMBOS will offer you magnificent days at sea. The beach atASPRI BEACH,just across from Skala, is peaceful and bucolic.
The sunset on the beach of LEFKES is absolutely unique. Depending on the season, the sun is right in the middle of the bay. The baroque atmosphere of the LEFKES Cantina will give you a memorable sunset aperitif.
To the north, you can also enjoy the pebble beach of LAMPI. Pebbles are protected it is forbidden to take them. The tavern on the beach is very traditional and you can enjoy a wonderful lunch at the TAVERNA LEONIDAS overlooking the beach. The décor is grand.
For lunch or dinner, don’t hesitate to leave SKALA or HORA to either go to GRIKOS to the south in a beautiful bay popular with boaters or to the north in KAMBOS which is a real small Greek village.
GEOGRAPHY OF PATMOS
During the crossing of the Aegean Sea, the time of a cruise in the GREEK ISLANDS,you have the opportunity to discover the island of PATMOS located in the Dodécanèsearchipelago. Enjoy a getaway to this small island of 35 square kilometers, located halfway between the islands ofIKARIA and LEROS, about 250 kilometers from the Greek capital Athens. Its landscapes are enamelled with rocks, gentle hills and coasts cut with capes and bays. Its coastline is home to some twenty sandy or pebble beaches, including the beaches of Grikos, Kampos and Diakofti. Patmos is a well-served island in the Dodecanese, with many ferry routes connecting it to Piraeus and its neighbouring islands Leros, Samos and Syros.
CULTURE AND GASTRONOMY
The island of Patmos is known for its capital, Chora, with an authentic urban landscape with its heated houses built around the monastery of Saint-Jean-le-Théologue. If you come here in early September, attend the International Religious Music Festival which takes place in the Cave of the Apocalypse. On this occasion, orchestras, choirs, Greek and foreign musical groups offer performances of contemporary and classical music. The island of Patmos also hosts the International Film Festival in July. In Chora, the Museum of the Monastery of Saint-Jean-le-Théologue is a must for culture lovers. This museum exhibits a fragment of the Gospel of St. Mark, as well as a collection of Byzantine icons adorned with precious stones, manuscripts, embroidery, objects of worship and frescoes from the 17th century. Also take advantage of your stopover in Patmos to taste typical GRECE dishes, including Spanakópita, spinach treat,mezzed appetizers and Greek salads.
Located just 2 kilometres from the Skala port, Chora reveals a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGESite. Admire the monastery of Saint-Jean-le-Théologue built 900 years ago on the heights of the city. Inside this monastery, discover five small churches, including the Panagia with an interior decorated with 13th century murals. Near this polygonal monastery, a short walk from the Town Hall Square and Losa Square, admire the Zodochou Pigis Monastery dedicated to Christ and the Virgin Mary. Take the time to discover the three traditional windmills that dominate the hill to the northeast of the Abbey of Saint Ioannis. Take an excursion to the DISCOVER THE CAVE OF APOCALYPSE located on the road between CHORA and SKALA. Climb a few steps surrounded by monks’ cells to access this sacred cave where the Apostle Saint John would have had his visions of the apocalypse. For your moments of relaxation, join the Bay of Grikos marked by the small island of Traonisi, the beach of Petra, the rock and the caves of Kalikatsou.
Drive to the town of HORA, which is 2 kilometres from Skala Harbour. Before reaching the capital of Patmos, spend half an hour visiting the sacred cave of the Apocalypse. You have to cover your shoulders and legs before entering this cave. Once in Chora, enjoy a stroll through the winding alleys lined with white houses. Allow two hours for a visit to the monastery of Saint-Jean-le-Théologue built at the end of the 10th century. Inside this Greek Orthodox monastic complex, discover several religious buildings, namely the main church, the chapel of Christodule which preserves the relics of Saint John and the old refectory which contains frescoes from the 12th century. Also visit the small museum of the monastery.
From the port of Skala every morning you will find many caïques to take you on an excursion to the islands around Patmos. LIPSI,
(white island), MARATHI,
and MAKRONISI. Some of these islands have memorable taverns and cuisine. Not to be missed under any circumstances.
A special mention to
an island with many Italians who have settled there. A single village where everyone converges in the evening to dine in the taverns on the harbour. Two beaches mainly one to the north PLATI GHIALOS with crystal clear waters, its tavern and its ducks on the beach make it very peaceful and unmissable. To the south, the beach – less pretty and very narrow – is very popular with boaters with the jet-set tavern. Beware however we have never paid so much in the Greek islands . There are also many coves that will be preferred on this charming island. The bakery is exceptional, the welcome is month! If you are there on August 23rd, the party all over the island is unique in the atmosphere.
PATMOS is a special island with an enchanting spirituality, nicknamed the Jerusalem of the Aegean Sea with a very rich cultural heritage.
She seduces with her charms the bohemian chic people.