Patmos (Dodecanese - East Aegean)


Although Patmos is a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea, it is of historical importance. Patmos is famous for being the location of the vision given to the disciple John in the Book of Revelation in the New Testament, and where the book was written. It is one of the northernmost islands of the Dodecanese complex, with Chora as its capital city and Skala as the only commercial port. Smaller settlements on the island include Grikou and Kampos.

Chora is also where you will find the vast majority of Patmos' bars, restaurants and fish taverns, which will give you the opportunity to taste the island's exquisite local cuisine. Patmos' beaches are quite diverse, with some being sandy while others have pebbles. Sightseeing is abundant, with a number of chapels, churches and nunneries to visit, as well as the historic cave of the Apocalypse, where John the Revelator was said to have lived. A stroll outside Chora will give you a chance to experience the island's windmills, built in the classic Aegean style.
The best time to visit is in late spring – the sea has warmed up to feasible swimming temperatures and locals outnumber tourists – and early autumn, when most of the tourists have departed and the sea is at its warmest. After late September, though, many facilities close down and ferry links get sparse.

Patmos is only accessible by ferry from Athens (8 hours) as the island is too small to have its own airport. However flights to nearby islands and the connection via a local ferry might prove a much faster way to reach Patmos and experience all that this gem of an island has to offer.

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