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(163 n.m. from Piraeus)

Called the Jerusalem of the Aegean, Patmos is the island of ascetic austerity. It is made of rock and bays and surrounded by seagull-islands. Saint John the Apostle came to the island exiled by the Romans and wrote "The apocalypse" in a cave over which in later times (1088AD) the famous Monastery of Saint John was built; a castle dominating the island with its heavy dark silhouette in complete contrast to the blinding white mansions surrounding it. Numerous small churches, mansions, uninhabited islets and beautiful beaches in secluded sea embraces, hundreds of boats and above all the Monastery, paint the picture of this biblical island.

Interesting places to visit

  • Boats anchor at the port Scala, with its whitewashed houses and narrow lanes.
  • The asphalt road will lead us to Chora, where the most beautiful houses of the island are; fronts with vaulted entrances, windows with images, wooden partitions carved and decorated with flowers and birds, white terraces and endless orange groves.
  • The Holy Monastery of the Theologian on the top of the hill, built in the 11th century, with its priceless religious relics, rare manuscripts, icons, jewelry and enboidery, the murals and the temple of the church within the monastery and of the Madonna, the Library.
  • Apellos Madonna Monastery and Geranos Madonna Monastery.
  • Its marvelous beaches; Psili Ammos, Petra, Grigos, Meloi, Notia, Diakofti, Agios Theologos, Kampos.
  • The tiny seagull-isles while sailing round Patmos.
  • The nearby small islands Agathonisi and Lipsi.

On the 15th of August, Feast of Virgin Mary, there is a mass in Chora while in the afternoon visitors can enjoy open-air festivities on the plain, including folk dances and local music as well as felicious food. Agathonisi Don't miss the taste of the traditional sweets of "confits" and "diples". Patmos is a port of entry and exit. Port customs and sanitary authorities are there, as well as a yacht refuelling station.

(36 n.m. east of Patmos)

A small island 36 n.m. east of Patmos and which -in older times- was called Netousa or Tragea. Your glance will not stay cool and you will experience a non-ending wandering experience.

(15 n.m. east of Patmos)

Lipsi A small charming island with magnificent beaches such as Lientou, Kyr-Vasilena, Platys Gialos, picturesque tavernas serving fresh fish and local wine. Don't hesitate to pay a visit to the Nikiforeion Ecclesiastical Folk Museum, the Madona of Charos and to join yourself on the annual festive day of the church on the 24th of August, where the legend wants all the dried flowers in the church to come alive again.