REVELATORY BEAUTY

Known as the island where the Book of Revelations was written, Patmos is still full of secrets, ready to be revealed. It is an island where mysticism combines fluidly with cosmopolitan elegance due to the discrete celebrities and fashion elite who make their own crusade of sorts each year, along with the religious pilgrims.

TRULY INIMITABLE

Location: Dodecanese
Capital: Patmos town
Size: 34 km2
Accessibility: By ferry from Athens, Mykonos, Paros, or Kos

Elegant and picturesque, the medieval main town of Chora is characterized by labyrinthine cobblestone alleys overflowing with bougainvillea and whitewashed houses, nestled below the Byzantine ramparts surrounding the monastery of St. John. By day, there is a spectacular view of the stunning volcanic valleys and cliffs, alternating with blue sky and a sea speckled with islets. At night, the village lights sparkle on top of the hills, creating a floating star formation. This harmony continues on the drive – or walk, Patmos has some wonderfully preserved footpaths – down to the sheltered seaside and the harbor town of Skala. Patmos is an ideal getaway for today’s modern bohemian: a remote location with sufficient modern comforts and the greatest luxury of all, sitting in silence by the sea with the waves washing away the frantic rhythms of modern life.

ESSENTIALS

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WE LOVE

The multi-colored stone beach of Lambi on the northern side and the shaded beach of Vagia. The villages where taverns serve authentic food made of local products and homemade specialties. A boat excursion to a neighboring islet, like Arki and Marathi, to swim and take in the sun.

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LOCAL TIPS

Hit the island beach shacks that serve traditional egg dishes and freshly caught fish. Don't miss Katsikaki Kapama, kid goat with tomatoes, fried potatoes and cinnamon, and Dasogalo, a libation of almonds and rose water drunk on Good Friday. Watch the sunset from the Lefkes beach, the Churches of Prophet Elias, Agia Paraskevi or Kavos and the Monastery of Agios Ioannis the Theologian.

Events calendar

Easter in Patmos

An amazing, otherworldly experience of the traditional Orthodox Easter

Patmos International Film Festival

Every year in July, the PIFF provides a platform for promoting independent storytelling

VIRGIN MARY FEAST

On August 15th, the chapel of Virgin Mary in the village of Geranos holds a traditional feast

TRADITIONAL DANCES FESTIVAL

Held in early September, this festival in Chora showcases Greek traditional dances