Patmos Island

If you are planning to buy or rent a vacation house in Greece or you are interested in making a unique stopover on Patmos island, then let the ” Meltemi ” (the cool Aegean wind) blow you away on a magical voyage through the space and time, over sea lanes and through bygone eras.

On a journey of colors and poetic communion with the sounds of the songs of Nobel Prize Winner Odysseus Elytis. Let yourself be carried away to a destination that weds the transcendental with the earthly, where a pilgrimage to a place sacred to all Christendom may be combined with peaceful holidays, spiritual meditation and worship of God with the waves breaking on the rocks, the solemn half-light of the churches with the blinding rays of the sun.

The stark white of the buildings with the warm colors of the earth, the lustrous golden radiance of the Byzantine icons with the deep cobalt blue of the sea, spiritual peace with the welcoming, hospitable human environment, the Byzantine hymns wafted on the air with the island’s earthly folk songs. Let yourself be taken to the place where your soul and your body are calling you. Follow the melodious chiming of the bells of the Monastery of St.John.

Let yourself be drawn in by Patmos force of attraction!

How to get to Patmos

How to get to Patmos island

The large car and passenger ferries that connect the Patmos island with Rhodes and Piraeus (Athens and the rest of the mainland) run daily. It is a 9 hour voyage and it is comfortable and very enjoyable!

The closest airports are those of Samos and Kos islands and a smaller one in Leros island. Steamers, Hydrofoils and many smaller excursion boats sail frequently during the summer days to neighboring islands.

Patmos harbor now has a new jetty and can accommodate private yachts and you will have no problem mooring or refueling your private vessel. You can rent a yacht here.

You can get around the island either by bus, taxi or you can rent a car or motor bike and cruise around the island on your own. The island has network of 50 plus kilometers of roads and are all in good condition.

You can reach one of the many beaches by any of the motorboats that sail daily from the port. Alternatively, you may choose to visit one of the nearby islands of Lipsi, Arkii and more.

Best Places to Visit in Patmos

Best Places to Visit in Patmos Island

The town of Chora (Hora) is a place that you should explore! A walk from one end of the town to the other, is well worth the effort. Chora’s medieval town-plan has been preserved unaltered down to the present day!

Among the picturesque typical Greek-Island style houses, one can find dozens of churches, each of which is a small museum. Evangelismos, is a new active convent; it has a significant number of nuns who run important Byzantine icon-painting and vestment-sewing workshops.

An old and very picturesque monastery is Zoodohos Pigi, in the town of Chora. Also, worth visiting are several other small monasteries (hermitages) inhabited by Monks from the monastery, located in various enchanting spots around the island.

On the beach of Agios Theologos in Scala stand the remains of the baptistery of St. John the Divine. On the Kastelli hill are the ruins of the fortification works of the island’s pre-Christian era Acropolis.

There is so much to see in Patmos! So much History and so many wonders of nature. Superb coves, nice sandy and clean beaches, excellent weather and the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea make it an outstanding vacation island.

Villapatmos is a true example of the fine architecture of Patmos island that make it the vacation house of your dreams!

Vacations in Patmos

Vacations in Patmos Island

Patmos is an ideal place to spend your summer vacations! Besides from being a popular destination for Christian pilgrims, it is also a very inviting island for quite and relaxing holidays and it is visited by thousands of holiday makers from all over the world!

The tourist services are well organized and there are many pubs, bars, clubs, tourist shops and restaurants that serve a variety of Greek and international dishes.

Patmos mainly is for quiet holidays, but for those who want to “live it out”, there are plenty things to do!

Many music clubs, bars and Discos playing modern sounds. If you would rather go for the traditional Greek way of life, then there is a lot going on… During the summer months the local Municipality organizes evenings of traditional Greek folk dance festivals at the town’s main square. There are also many feasts (panigiria) celebrated during the summer months.

Patmos is famous for the hospitality offered by its people which is still present, despite the tourist development. It is a custom and part of the local culture, that lives on since the ancient days!

Location of Patmos

Location of Patmos Island

Patmos is the northernmost island of the Dodecanese complex, on the eastern frontier of the Aegean Sea (southwest of Samos). Its also near to the west coast of Turkey and the continent of Asia.

Patmos’ main communities are Chora (the capital city) and Skala, the only commercial port. Other settlements are Grikou and Kampos.

It contains an area of 34.05 km2 (13.15 sq mi). The highest point is Profitis Ilias, 269 meters (883 feet) above sea level.

Topography presents a landscape of outstanding natural beauty, with small stretches of flat land scattered among low, rocky hills. Impressive crenelated coasts are made up of dozens of tongues of land reaching out into the sea, interspersed with picturesque inlets.

The island’s climate is dry; with frequent northerly winds and exceptionally clear air, it is bathed in sunlight 3,000 hours a year. Patmos has an area of only 34 square kilometers and it is situated 161 nautical miles east of Piraeus and Athens.

History of Patmos

History of Patmos Island

The first settlers on Patmos were the Carians, followed by the Ionians. Ruined 4th century BC walls bear witness to the existence of a fortified town at the Kastelli sit. Preliminary excavations have revealed that Artemis and Apollo were worshiped there.

The temple of the goddess of hunting, Artemis, is believed to have stood on the site where the great Monastery of Patmos was later built in the 11th century. The temple of the god of music, Apollo, was near the port of Skala.

In the first century BC, Patmos, a dependency of Miletus on the The temple of the goddess of hunting, Artemis, is believed to have stood on the site where the great Monastery of Patmos was later built in the 11th century.

The temple of the god of music, Apollo, was near the port of Skala. In the first century BC, Patmos, a dependency of Miletus on the coast of Asia Minor, boasted a large population and a remarkable civilization. Ancient temples, a gymnasium, games and a association of lampadists (torch-racers) indicate its economic well-being and high level of culture. Come and take some photos of Patmos monuments as there are preserved well.