Capital: Patmos town
Size: 34 km2
Accessibility: By ferry from Athens, Mykonos, Paros, or Kos
The elegant medieval town of Chora is characterized by labyrinthine cobblestone alleys overflowing with bougainvillea and whitewashed houses, nestled below the Byzantine ramparts of the monastery of St. John. By day, a spectacular view of stunning volcanic valleys and cliffs alternates with blue sky and a sea speckled with islets. At night, the village lights sparkle on hilltops, creating a floating star formation. This harmony continues on the drive – or walk, Patmos has wonderfully preserved footpaths – down to the sheltered seaside and the harbor town of Skala. An ideal getaway for today’s modern bohemian: remote location, sufficient modern comforts and the greatest luxury of all, sitting in silence by the sea, letting the frantic rhythms of life get washed away.