Charming and pretty Patmos is an island of important religious significance. Home to the cave in which St John is said to have written the book of revelations, which is now a monastery and UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are many places that will be of interest to Christians. But Patmos has much more.....
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Charming and pretty Patmos is an island of important religious significance. Home to the cave in which St John is said to have written the book of revelations, which is now a monastery and UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are many places that will be of interest to Christians. But Patmos has much more to offer than this alone. Although small, the island’s hour glass shape gives it plenty of coastline, some stunning beaches to explore and many pretty villages. The port of Skala is the main settlement and is hence where many people choose to stay. There is a good selection of bars, restaurants and hotels here and the nearby Agia Theologos beach is to the south and is reported to be where St John baptised the first Christians. 3km outside of Skala is the attractive island capital of Chora, where one can find the Monastery of St John in an 11th century byzantine castle which is visible from almost everywhere on the island. Further south is the quiet and sheltered beach town of Grikos, boasting a series of sandy shores and enticing waters. To the north the picturesque village of Kambos has a lovely beach, which is also one of the island’s most popular. Widely thought to be the nicest beach on the island, however, is Psili Amos in the south west. A one hour hilly walk from Grikos, it has everything you come to expect from the Greek Islands – a lovely long golden sand bay with crystal clear waters and a delicious taverna at one end. Also of note are Lambi beach in the north for its colourful pebbles and Livadi Geranou in the northeast, where a mixture of sand and pebbles and a consistently calm bay make for a relaxing day. Patmos can be reached by a short ferry ride from neighbouring islands and also from Pireaus in Athens.
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