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Patmos is not your average summer destination. Perched atop the southeast Aegean Sea, this tiny island enjoys a big reputation as one of Christianity’s most ancient pilgrimage sites. It was here that John wrote his famous “Apocalypse” at a time when Patmos was a prison island of exile. Today, it is a place of unique beauty and cosmopolitan character that attracts a more upmarket crowd. Here are the top ten things you should definitely find time to do whilst in Patmos.
It is not uncommon for tavernas and restaurants in the port town of Skala to place their chairs and tables literally on the sand and only a few steps away from the water. One of the most charming locations for lunch or dinner is To Tsipouradiko Mas which offers a variety of delicious fish mezze and of course Tsipouro, the greek version of Grapa. The combination of the summer sea breeze, delicious fresh food and a sip of the 36% alcohol drink guarantees to take all your worries and stresses away.
Take one of the cruise boats from the port of Skala that offer daily excursions to the best beaches of Patmos and the nearby islands. The itinerary of the one day cruises includes visiting four to five different destinations with the best beaches and cleanest waters for a fee of around 20 euros per person. If you are looking for a more exclusive experience you can rent the whole boat with a skipper.
Enjoy trekking by taking one of the old walking paths (monopatia) that used to be the island’s main transportation routes. Nowadays they are sadly deserted , but they are nonetheless important pieces of history as they offer significant insights into the way people used to live as well as stunning island views. One of the most popular routes to take is the old road from Skala to Chora and back. A map of the walking routes and other alternative tourism activities Patmos has to offer offer can be found here.
Even though Patmos is a quiet island that does not attract party crowds, there are options for those who can appreciate a well made drink. Places like Ginger and The Fix in the port of Skala are famous for their cocktails and imaginative food and are popular among the numerous tourists who visit Patmos in yachts and sailing boats.
Ginger and The Fix , Skala, 85500 Pátmos, Dhodhekanisos, Greece
Ginger: +30 2247 031009
The Fix: +30 2247 034259