We first visited Patmos Greece with a group of Christian Pilgrims on a journey to Turkey and the Greek Islands. Patmos is a small island in the Aegean Sea, being the northernmost island of the group called the Dodecanese Islands. The island, of volcanic origin, is about 35 Sq km in size and has around 2,700 inhabitants.
The Port of Skala is the main arrival gate to Patmos
Patmos Monastery dominates the landscape
The islanders live of cultivating grapes for wine, olives and tomatoes and many live from fishing. Tourism has become an important part of the economy.
Many Greek Island Cruises stop on the Island of Patmos Greece. It is, as mentioned above, an important center for the Christian Religion and many boats and cruises stop on the harbor of Skala for a visit to the Monastery of St John, located at the very top of the island reachable by an unending set of stairs.
Ask me and my wife, we almost lost our breath, but it was worth the visit.
This is not a “party” island where young people get drunk. It is quiet and you may find many places where to have a drink and a nice meal.
Although it has beautiful beaches, this is not a beaches Island. It is more a religious one. Please dress accordingly while in town and visiting the Monastery. Then on the beach enjoy your day.
The village of Chora is the capital of Patmos. It is located in the south central part of the island, a few km south of Skala, which is the main port of Patmos. It has been built around the imposing fortified Monastery of Saint John the Theologian, during the 12th century.
St John Monastery on top of the Hill in Patmos Greece
• Skala Beach
This is the most popular beach in Patmos Greece. It is located 4 km north of Chora in Skala. It offers many tourist facilities. They offer sun beds, umbrellas. The stretch of sand is small and the waters shallow. There are many hotels surrounding this beach
Also known as Agrio Livadi is a deep bay surrounded by lush vegetation. This is a nice pebble beach with many amenities, like umbrellas, sun beds and crystal clear waters.
It is located about 3 km north of the Port of Skala and is a protected by from the northeastern winds called Meltemi. There is a small island called Panagia in front of it that also protects the beach from the southeastern winds.
There is a Taverna offering nice food and refreshments. To summarize, this is great beach that gets quiet busy during summers.
Kambos Beach on the Island of Patmos Greece
• Kambos beach
This beach is located 11 km north of the town of Chora and 600 meters downhill from the village of Kambos. It is the island of Patmos’ most famous beach especially for its warm and shallow waters that are great for families with small children.
Kambos Beach is a sandy beach with small pebbles, with many beach amenities like umbrellas and sun beds and some water sports. There are a few trees for the much needed natural shade.
• Grikos Beach
This beach is located southeast and about 4 and a half km from Skala. The beach is calm and the atmosphere is calm and laid back. The road runs parallel to the beach and is used by joggers and walkers that create a pleasant and scenic walk to and from Skala. But it doesn’t mean you have to walk if you don’t feel like. There are buses that leave you just at the beach.
Meloi is one of the Beaches of Patmos Greece
This beach is located on the western side of Patmos about 12 km northwest of Chora on the small Lefkon Bay. It is a picturesque beach with white sands and pebbles surrounded by crystal azure waters. The low hills surrounded the beach create a relaxing ambience for a great day on the beach.
• Meloi Beach
It is the closest beach to the port, about 3 km northeast, on the edge of an inlet. The golden sands are bordered by beautiful trees. The waters are clear and blue. This beach provides water sport equipment and other facilities.
Agios Nikolaos is located on the north coast of Patmos
• Agios Nikolaos
This beach is named after the church of the area. It is located on the north coast of Patmos about 12 km from Skala. When going to the beach don’t miss a visit to the church which is the oldest in the island. It is a secluded rocky beach, that sheltered by the rocks provides absolutely privacy.
• Geranou Beach
It is located 13 km north of Chora. This is lovely quiet beach, but it gets very busy during summers. It is known as one of the most picturesque beaches in the island.
The waters are always calm due to the protection of the nearby islet of Agios Georgios. It is a mere 30 minutes walk from Kambos Beach.
Petra Hotel Patmos
Beaches of Patmos Greece
• Diakofti Beach
This is a small beach in the Bay of Diakofti in fron of the settlement bearing the same name. It is a secluded beach with crystal clear waters. It is located about 6 km south of Chora. The gulf is surrounded by lush vegetation and mountains.
• Lambi Beach
This is a less known beach in Patmos, about 14 km north of Chora. It is a secluded beach ideal for a romantic getaway. Bring your things, since it is not an organized beach.
For more information visit Greece Tourism Office
Paradise Hotel in Patmos Greece
patmos island by lyn gateley
skala by chris vlachos
meloi by kf
monastery by kalogeropoulos
chora by chris vlachos
All courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
The resorts images are courtesy of the resorts mentioned.