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37°19′N 26°33′E


34,5 km²


18 kms.




(+) 22470







GMT +2:00


Chora of Patmos






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Patmos Island in the Dodecanese, is best known as the place where divine visions inspired Saint John to write the Book of Revelation in the Holy Cave of the Apocalypse. Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Patmos is a cultural and religious center with the monastery of St. John to loom over the island. Thanks to the monastery, Patmos has managed to limit the touristic crowds captivating quite a loyal and exclusive audience who enjoys quiet places and seek for peace and tranquility. Considered a sacred island, the nightlife is limited compared to other Greek islands. But on Patmos traditions run deep and the pace of life is refreshingly slow.

But holidaymakers visit Patmos not only for its religious landmarks but also for its authentic Greek charm. Despite being a tiny island, it is packed with things to see and do. Chora is a labyrinth of narrow alleyways with picturesque little squares filled with traditional tavernas where you can enjoy flavorsome and homemade Greek food. There are paths snaking through the hills of the island and untouched beaches with amazing aqua blue water. Do not miss to tour the windmills up in the hills and enjoy panoramic views of the island or take part in one of the many feasts that take place throughout the year and are accompanied by traditional eating, drinking and dancing. Moreover, Patmos is a perfect destination for nature lovers thanks to unrivalled nature, sheer cliffs and volcanic soil. The island of Patmos is one of those Greek gems that once visited, you will want to return to again and again.



Patmos is a small island in the Aegean Sea. It is one of the northernmost islands of the Dodecanese complex, and the eleventh largest.

The port town of Patmos is Skala. The island of Patmos is about 145 nautical miles away from Piraeus Port, in Athens.

Halfway along the road between the villages of Chora and Skala, there is a cave which marks the spot where Saint John received his visions that he recorded in the Book of Revelation. The island’s historic Chora, along with the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse, have been declared World Heritage Sites by Unesco since 1999.

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Things to Do

Wondering what to do and what to see? The team of ALLOVERGREECE put together a list of must-see destinations and top-rated tourist attractions to help you make the most of your travel itinerary, so be sure to refer often to our list of the top tourist attractions.

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Getting Around

HOW TO GET AROUND PATMOS | Car Rental, Bus. Taxi, Boats, Scooter / ATV / Bike

Rentals: Renting a car, scooter or ATV is probably the most convenient way to get around the island, if you do not want to plan your itinerary around the bus schedule. It will give you more freedom to explore the island, especially if you are keen on visiting a different beach every day. There are several rentals in Patmos, but we would suggest to book in advance if you are planning to visit the island in peak season. Bus: Patmos has a good bus service that connects all key points on the island, including Skala, the Cave of Apocalypse, Chora, Grikos and Kambos. Taxi: A number of taxis is also available but they are more expensive. If you do not see any taxis, look out for the sign with the taxi service phone number. Once you call them, you might need to wait 10 mins or so before your car arrives. Bike: Another option is to explore the island by bike. Although part of the island is hilly, it is still possible to explore it by bike. Maybe renting an e-bike would be a better idea. Boats: From Skala there are small boats for many of the beaches.  

Upcoming Events

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  • 26 Jul 2024

    Feast of Agios Panteleimonas

  • 15 Aug 2024

    The feast of Panagia of Geranos

  • 24 Sep 2024

    Feast of Agia Thekla