A small tour guide for Patmos island …
Patmos is a symbol of faith and communication with God, it is today a pole of attraction for people all over the world.
Holy cave of the Apocalypse
Located on the hill between Skala and Chora, the Holy Cave of the Apocalypse is a point of reference not only of Patmos, but of Christianity worldwide. This cave was the shelter of the beloved disciple of Jesus, John, in 95 AD, when the Emperor Domitianos exiled him to Patmos, punishing him for declaring the Word of God in Ephesus. As John testifies , he didn’t reach Patmos as an exiled loser or as a political prisoner in difficult times, but as an exile “on a spiritual mission”, continuing to disseminate the Word and the Essence of God.
The monastery of St. John in Chora
The Windmills of Patmos
The windmills of Chora
Built in the east of the Holy Monastery of Patmos, on the top of the hill with view of the sea, the three windmills of Chora gave their name to the neighboring district of Mili. From the moment of their restoration in 2010, they can be characterized as another jewel of the island, which was awarded by Europa Nostra.
At the highest point of Patmos, in the western part of the island and south of Hora, the little church of Profitis Ilias hermitage stands over the years. It was built by a hieromonk in 1764 at an altitude of 270 m and is one of the places to visit, as from this point you can easily see Lipsi, Leros, and even Turkey. To reach it from Chora, you will take the road to Alykes and then turn right to see a sign with the name Prophet Elias.
The islands shape and its 63km coastline offers a wide selection of beaches, from sandy and organized shores with umbrellas and beach bars to solitary coves. The choice of where to enjoy some of the clearest, refreshing and tranquil waters of the Aegean Sea is yours. If you’re arriving with a private boat or simply renting one, you’re in for an unforgettable experience and not only on our island, for Patmos has many small and larger neighbouring islands making short distance excursions enticing .
We propose …
Kato Kambos or Kambos beach is the most popular beach on the island, it is considered the place to be and be seen and is loved by families with young children for its shallow warm waters. It is mainly a sandy beach with small pebbles. It offers everything from taverns to cafes and is very organized with sun beds, umbrellas and water sports with everything you can imagine. And if you are hungry , we propose you to eat greek traditional food at Kavourakia to eat all the delicious delicacies that Mrs Maria with her family is preparing every day . There are also tamarisk trees for those who prefer natural shade.
This picturesque bay has become one of the most popular beaches on the island. It’s a sandy beach with some small pebbles and the water is almost always calm due to the protection offered by the facing island of Agios Giorgios (St.George) named after the small church that’s on it. The island is at a swimming distance with a small sandy beach that awaits you. Its 12 kilometres from Skala and about a 35 minute walk from the bus station on Kambos beach. To get there you take a right at the junction at the end of Kambos beach and go up the hill. Turn left at the top of the hill and after about 3 kilometres to your right is the down hill asphalt road that takes you to the beach. There is a tavern there too.
Agriolivadi is approximately 1.5 km from Skala, it has a long sandy beach with small pebbles. Sun beds and water sports are available here. It also has a taverna and a beach bar. Its mainly shallow waters make it ideal for toddlers and the water is warmer than in most other beaches around the island. There are some nice little coves to your left which are accessible only by boat so you can rent paddle boats and paddle there but only in good weather because the currents do get strong as soon as you reach the end of the cove. Agia Thekla (Saint Thekla) is a little island opposite the cove, it’s named after the church that was built on it. There is also a beach there if you can paddle out to it.
Psili Amos is an adventure. It’s a sandy beach, which makes it popular, but it’s a 20-30 minute walk or 40-60 minute boat ride from Skala. So it’s not something you’d do every day. This is a good thing, because it’s everyone’s favorite beach and otherwise it would be over crowded. It is especially crowded in high season (August) on Sundays, because of locals spending their day – off there and the extra amount of tourists. The walk is over two hills and a small mountain on a well-trotted donkey track, so the chances of getting lost are unlikely. Avoid walking there around midday because it gets hot and tiring especially for the elderly, children and the unfit. On windy days people spend their day playing with the waves that get around 0.5 to 1 meter high, the sand does seem to get everywhere so take precautions. On a calm day you’ll need a spray for the flies which aren’t always there, but when are can be come a little annoying.
Vaghia waters are said to be the coldest on the island. It is a pebble beach with tamarisks for shade and often quieter than most easily accessible beaches. It is 7 kilometers from Skala and only 1km from the bus station on Kambos beach, from there it takes about 15 minutes on foot. To get there you turn right at the junction at the end of Kambos beach, you go straight up the hill and then back down where the beach awaits you. There is a café on your way down so grab some water and whatever else you need, it will save you the walk up the steep hill later.
In a short distance from Vagia, following a stone path (a walk of about 15 minutes), there are two consecutive coves, one slightly larger than the other, but in other respects identical (this is why it was called “Didimes” – Twins), creating a beautiful landscape between the two headlands. Both beaches are covered with small pebbles and sand and have crystal clear blue waters