What to do in Patmos

Visit Patmos during a Mediterranean cruise

Introduction

The island of Patmos is one of the smallest inhabited islands in the Aegean. It has a population of around 3,000 and belongs to the Dodecanese Islands and can be found between Leros and Ikaria.

Famous for the importance it played in Christianity, it is where Saint John wrote the Book of Revelation. The island is often referred to as the "Jerusalem of the Aegean". Patmos was named a Holy Island by the Greek government in 1983. The island is visited by many pilgrims every year. Today, this island also attracts various beach lovers, wanting to enjoy the crystalline waters.

The most famous locations on Patmos are Skala and Chora. Saint John’s monastery is the most famous attraction on the island. The Holy Cave of the Apocalypse is another must see. Although the architecture is Dodecanese, it is comparable to Cycladic style of cubic whitewashed houses that have tiled or flat roofs with colored shutters.

Practical

Skala is near the cruise port and can be explored on foot. However you will want to take a taxi or shuttle bus to Chora. In Chora you will visit the monastery of Saint John. Patmos is home to many religious relics that are a must see. Exploring Patmos can take from a few hours to a whole day, depending on your interests.

Popular ports for an excursion to Patmos are: