Patmos island in Greece.


Patmos in Greece

Patmos in Swedish.

Patmos belongs to the Dodecanese islands and is located almost as far up as you can get in the Dodecanese. The closest neighbouring islands are Lipsi and Leros. It is a small island; both to the surface and the number of residents here live 3,050 people distributed in two larger villages, and some smaller communities.


Skala, Chora and St. John's Monastery on Patmos in the Dodecanese.

Skala on Patmos. Chora and St. John's Monastery are visible at the top right.


The capital is Chora (540 inhabitants), and the largest tourist resort is Skala. The surface is 34 km2 and the highest peak - Hondros - measuring 228 meters above sea level.


St. John's Monastery in Chora on Patmos is called the Jerusalem of Greece.

Monastery of St. John in Chora.


Patmos is a pleasant little island that attracts tourists who yearn for sun and sea, and visitors from the Christian world visiting the famous Monastery of St. John. The island is often referred to as the Greek Jerusalem.


Tavernas and restaurants by the beach in Skala on Patmos in the Dodecanese Islands.

Taverna at the beach of Skala. Monastery of St. John in the middle of the picture.


If you're travelling on your own it is easiest to go by air to Samos and continue by ferry to Patmos. The small ferry Nisos Kalymnos leaves from Pythagorion on Samos to Patmos every second day. Boat connections with Piraeus, Athens' port, is also good, usually daily connection during high season.

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Patmos is a small island with few roads. The best way to explore the island is by moped. There are also bicycles for rent. In Skala there are several car, mopeds and bicycle rental services.

Bus runs between the port and Chora. Some trips go on to Kambos and Grikos. Excursion boats to Lipsi, Marathi and Arki departs from Skala in good weather.


Excursion boats to Lipsi, Marathi and Arki and Patmos beaches depart from the port of Skala.

Excursion and beach boats in the port of Skala.



Skala is Patmos' port and the village where most things happens and also where most tourists stay. There are plenty of tavernas, cafes and bars. In Skala there is a beach that will do just fine for a morning or evening swim. Do not miss Restaurant Pantelis into the narrow alleys near the port, looking like a tourist trap, but appearances are deceptive. Great food and low prices.


Restaurant Pantelis in Skala is one of Patmos best tavernas.

Restaurant Pantelis in Skala is very good.


Skala is located at the narrowest part of Patmos. The beach on the left in the picture below is called Hohlakas, and is nothing to write home about, but the sunset is beautiful from there.


Skala and Hohlakas beach on Patmos in Greece.

View of Skala.


Skala on Patmos is one of the Dodecanese's coziest villages.

An early morning with breakfast in Skala.

Chora on Patmos resembles a village in the Cyclades with a jumble of white houses and narrow streets.

One of many narrow alleys in Chora.


Chora looks, from a distance, like an impregnable fortress, the Monastery of St John the Divine dominates. It is a typical Greek Chora with many small alleys lined with whitewashed houses. Chora is pretty desolate and silent, except for the area where the monastery lies, of course.


Tavernas and restaurants in Chora on Patmos.

The square in Chora.


Grikos is a small fishing village about 4 kilometres southeast of Skala. It is my absolute favourite village on Patmos. The village is situated in a stunningly beautiful bay with turquoise waters that is well protected from northern winds. Here there is a nice beach, several very good tavernas, cafes, scooter rental places, as well as several hotels and family-owned pensions. Grikos suits you who like peace and quiet.


Grikos is the nicest village on Patmos with good restaurants, hotels and a nice beach.

Grikos is my favourite village on Patmos.


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Psili Amos is definitely the best beach on Patmos. Unfortunately it lies a little out of the way. Either you go with a bathing boat from Skala, the trip takes about an hour each way, or you get there on your own. If you drive a moped or car, you first go to Diakofti, park there, and then walk over the mountain. The walk takes about 30 minutes.


The sandy beach Psili Amos is the best beach of Patmos.

Psili Ammos beach.


The beach consists of fine sand and it really is inevitably for a swim. Plenty of shade from tamarisk trees. The nice beach taverna that lies under the trees is in itself worth the walk here.


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Kambos beach on northeastern Patmos is the island's most popular beach.

Kambos beach on northeastern Patmos.


On the north-east of Patmos lies some of the island's best beaches. The first of the beaches are Meloi, which is wonderfully located in a bay. Kambos beach is one of the better beaches, and perhaps the most popular. It's a long, fairly fine sandy beach in a bay with green-blue water. Here's the most you can imagine in terms of beach facilities.


Livadi Geranou beach is one of Patmos' many fine sandy beaches.

Livadi Geranou beach.


Lambi beach at the top of the northeast is a long pebble beach. Many go here to eat flambéed saganaki. I can highly recommend it! Petra is also a nice beach, but a bit rocky. As well as Sapsila is a cozy beach, just like the Vagia and Livadi Geranou (see picture above). Twin Beach is also good.


Read about the 15 best beaches on Patmos here »



The Cave of the Apocalypse and the Monastery of St John the Divine (see picture at the top of the page) is two sights that no one misses, of course. The grotto is not much to see unless you believe in the Bible. The monastery is more worldly and well worth visiting. The monastery was founded in the 11th century and it is one of the most important monasteries in Greece.


The evangelist John received a revelation from God and wrote the Apocalypse on Patmos in Greece.

One of the courtyards in the mighty St. John's Monastery.


It was on Patmos that St. John the Divine received a revelation from God that the world would come to an end. In 95 AD St John was banished to Patmos from Ephesus in Turkey. He hid himself in a cave for two years. In the cave, he talked with God, and it resulted in the Book of Revelation, or Apocalypse.

The cave is still there, and so is the fissure in the rock where St John talked to God. So they say. If it were not for the fissure it would not be so many cruise ships outside Patmos' port town Skala. The cave is well-visited, and not only from the cruise visitors. I have also been there, and I'm just a regular Island hopper. :-)


If you're not travelling during high season there is no problem to find good accommodation. When the ferries call at the port there are room owners waiting with colourful signs and brochures. Most options are in Skala and there is where most tourists stay. In Chora, it is hard to find a place to stay.


Captain's House is the best hotel in Skala on Patmos.

Captain's House is a very nice pension with a good location in Skala.


Below we have hand-picked some very good hotels in Skala.

Book Byzance Hotel here »

Book Captain's House here »

Book Skala Hotel here »

Book other hotels in Patmos here »







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