Patmos Island Information
Patmos is one of the most beautiful islands of the Dodecanese. It has 3,000 residents, and covers an area of 34 square kilometers with a 63 kilometer length of coastline.
The strong presence of ecclesiastical art and architecture in Patmos gives a special Monasterial character to this Island of the Apocalypse. The Holy Monastery of Saint John the Theologian, the Holy Cave of the Apocalypse and the medieval settlement of the Chora are included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Monuments.
However, the island is so much more than just a pilgrimage site. Patmos is a popular destination for quality holidays, satisfying visitors of all ages.
The chora is the name for the capital of the island. It has one of the most idyllic landscapes in Patmos and is probably the most impressive “chora” that exists on all the Greek islands! The majestic Monastery of St John imposingly dominates a hill above the Chora, amidst an entire landscape is made up of the crisp white of neoclassical buildings. The scenery in Patmos is completed with traditional buildings, picturesque winding alleys and amazing arches, each of which has its own name. It’s well worth exploring the alleys for the sense of charm and elegant grandeur they produce. The fascinating architectural mix in Patmos Chora enchants visitors and leaves them speechless. There are a total of 51 churches in the Chora too! The Cave of the Apocalypse, the site where the Book of Revelation was written by Saint John, is located on a road between the Chora and Skala.
Skala is the main port and the biggest settlement of the island of Patmos. Here, among the Italian administrative buildings you can find many lodgings, hotels, shops and restaurants. At Skala, and more specifically at Kasteli, the walls of the ancient acropolis from the 6th and 4th century B.C. still stand. Kasteli is the location of the Patmos Eye Luxury Villas, and a significant monumental and archaeological site. Findings of shells and stone tools here indicate the early presence of residents on the site since the Bronze Age. In the area of the acropolis there was also the Temple of Apollo, the Temple of Bacchus and the Hippodrome. Today, a gate, towers and remains of the fortification are preserved and visible for visitors to enjoy.
Travelling Around Patmos
Patmos is a relatively small island. It is not necessary, but we recommend that you have your own means of transportation in order to make the most of your time on the island.
Many beaches and villages are connected by regular bus services as well as by boats. If you wish, you can rent a car or a bike. You can also use taxis for your transportation.