Patmos, a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea. One of the northernmost islands of the Dodecanes complex. Patmos’ main communities are Chora (the capital city), and Skala, the only commercial port. Other settlements are Grikou and Kampos. The churches and communities on Patmos are of the Eastern Orthodox tradition.
The Island of the Apocalypse and the Jerusalem of the Aegean – as Patmos is called worldwide – the island where Saint John the Theologian was exiled to become a hermit and then to write in 95 AD the sacred book of Revelation, is one of the most important religious and atmospheric destinations, without lacking the cosmopolitan air of an Aegean island or the cultural tradition.
Patmos is a symbol of faith and communication with God, it is today a pole of attraction for monks from all over the world. This humble “Sinai of the Aegean”, by now a traditional place for asceticism and prayer, has embraced many monasteries, kathismata (small monastic units) and hermitages.
The island , with its devoutness and its original beauty consisted a source of inspiration not only for the Nobel-laureates Greek poets Seferis and Elytis, but also for the German lyric poet Friedrich Hölderlin, who shocked by the natural beauty of the island.
Patmos is a perfect island to rest and get away from your everyday life. Skala, Agriolivado and Livadi Geranou are the most coordinated beaches in Patmos Greece. There are also many beaches with fewer amenities in Patmos, but they are highly spectacular and abundant in natural beauty. Any of the beaches of Patmos can be reached by foot from Skala. Below is a list of the best beaches in the island of Patmos.
- Psili ammos
- Agios Nikolaos
Popular for its religious history, Patmos is the island where the Book of Revelation was written by Saint John the Theologian (the Apocalypse). Today, this stunning island with a mystical aura is a popular religious destination, with visitors coming to visit the monastery of Saint John and the cave of the Apocalypse. These two temples are the most important sightseeing spots in Patmos.
- Monastery of Saint John
- Cave of Apocalypse
- Agathonisi Island