Skala is the main port and the biggest village of Patmos. It is built in a lovely bay around the port and has strong the signs of Italian influence in its architecture. During the 16th century it was one of the most important commercial ports of the Mediterranean and a safe berth for boats. It then developed into a commercial and shipping center, contributing decisively to the economic growth of the whole island. It has remarkable sights such as the ruins of the ancient citadel, the monastery of Zoodochos Pigi , the Italian Building right on the waterfront and the tiny islet of Petrokaravo, accessed only by boat.
The current port was built in 1972. Nowadays, Skala is the commercial and trade center of Patmos where all the public services, shops, restaurants, hotels and rooms to let are. All the roads of the island pass through Skala which is also the starting point of all buses connecting the village with the rest of the island. Moreover, taxi and tourist boats start their daily excursions from its port. At a distance of 200 meters from the port is the beach of Agios Theologos, a sandy beach, very popular, among the locals. At its edge there is a sign stating that at that point Saint John baptized the first Christians of the island, around 95 AD.