Magical island of Patmos is quite small, but it is one of the most famous Greek islands. This is the island where St. John wrote the Apocalypse, so the island is sometimes called the Jerusalem of the Aegean Sea. Of course, this is not the only reason for its great popularity in the island has quite a few nice beaches, historic sites and beautiful traditional villages. Patmos Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its main attraction is the Monastery of St. John the Theologian, and Cave of the Apocalypse, as well as well-preserved capital of the island.
Even if you are not interested in religion and history, the Monastery of St. John the Divine is necessary to visit. Real name of the monastery – Agios Ioannis Theologos. This monastery was built in the 16th century and was originally intended to play the role of a fortress that served as protection for the residents of the island during a pirate attack. The monastery has a Byzantine church decorated with Byzantine icons and exquisite murals, also near the monastery has two beautiful chapel.
Second, a must-visit place is the Cave of the Apocalypse. Inside the cave you will see engraved on the rock, cross, which was made by Saint John. The cave is located near the monastery of St. John.
Other interesting places are Patmos: Zoodochou Pigis convent, monastery Evangelizmos, Profitis Ilias Monastery, ruins of an ancient citadel in Castelli, an ancient temple dedicated to Apollo, and, of course, the very capital of the island, the territory of which there are many beautiful historic buildings, small shops and narrow streets, ideal for walking.
On the island of Patmos has about 20 beaches, the most popular and the most organized of which is a rock beach, located approximately 4 km from the island’s capital. Another organized beach of the island is a long pebble beach KAMPOS whose territory has all the conditions for water sports, several hotels, as well as many seaside taverns, which are famous for a wide variety of fresh fish and seafood.
The best way to get to Patmos is a flight to Athens, and from there the journey on the ship, and if you relax on the other Greek islands such as Mykonos, Tinos, Samos and Leros, you can visit this pretty island, make a pleasant walk on a small yacht or catamaran .
Most hotels on the island is located in the town of Rock, and if you want to relax in a more secluded places, then look for hotels or apartments, located near beaches Grikos, KAMPOS Livadi and geraniums. We recommend that you pay attention to the hotel Patmos Aktis Suites & Spa, which is one of the most popular hotels in Patmos.
Excellent five star hotel Patmos Aktis Suites & Spa is located near the beach and Grikos available to its guests comfortable rooms with free internet access, minibar, satellite TV and have a private bathroom and a private furnished balcony. An on-site fitness center, fitness center and several swimming pools, free parking, a Mediterranean restaurant, a cocktail bar and a children’s playground. The hotel can not accommodate pets.
The location of this island allows you to combine a vacation on the island with a visit to the neighboring islands, to read about the rest in the neighboring island of Samos see the article “Great Greek island of Samos.”