A Step Through Time at Patmos Island, Greece

Patmos Island Greece - Experience the island of Patmos

There are many reasons to make a visit to Patmos Island, but undoubtedly the main draw is its rich history. Whether you’re interested in sites of religious importance, Greek history, or ancient architecture, Patmos, Greece should be one of the first places on your itinerary. But even if the history draws tourists to Patmos, it’s not the only thing to enjoy here. Between the crystal clear beaches of Patmos Island, sports, shops, fine dining and accommodations, there’s something to delight every tourist, not just the avid historian.


When you walk through certain streets of Patmos Island, you may feel as though you’ve been transported through time. Looking up towards the top of the hill, you can see the city of Chora, which was built on a hilltop to protect themselves from invasion by pirates or Turks. A large stone structure rises above the town, the Monastery of St. John the Theologian, named for the Christian prophet who had his Revelation while on exile to the island of Patmos. Walking through the streets of Chora, you’ll find yourself surrounded by beautiful architecture of a city with richly preserved history.

Once you’ve reached the Monastery of St. John, you can see centuries old artwork and texts before making your way to the Cave of the Apocalypse. Located between Chora and Skala, the Cave of the Apocalypse is the very cave where St. John is said to have had his revelation from God. Whether you’re on the search for places of religious significance or a visitor who wants to stand in the place where important moments of history happened, the Cave of the Apocalypse is one spot you can’t miss on your trip to Patmos, Greece.


Last summer, Patmos, Greece hosted the first Patmos Revelation as a way of bringing in athletes and sporty tourists. The three day sporting event included water swimming races and foot races, and even a few events for the kids. The whole event drew in 200 athletes and plenty of sponsors and was counted as a success, sure to happen again in future years. But the Patmos Revelation is not the only sporting event you can enjoy on the island of Patmos. Surrounded by the beautiful Aegean Sea, there are plenty of opportunities for water sports like water skiing, canoeing, sailing, surfing and wind surfing. The rugged hills throughout Chora is also a great place for an invigorating hike with breathtaking views.

Entertainment and Accommodations

In Chora, you can find plenty of little shops along the way to the Monastery of St. John. One of the best places to shop in Patmos Island, however, is Skala, the major port city. Along with shops for clothes, souvenirs, and food, you might come across a charming cafe like the

Koukoumavla Bar with its quirky artwork and colorful walls. There’s also Art Cafe, which is filled with artistic decor and even offers rooftop dining where you can look out on the city at the end of the night. Skala offers nightlife ranging from cocktails at Akri’s Seaside Bar to great music and quiz night on Wednesdays at My Way Bar. And there are a range of Patmos hotels to choose from, both in Chora and Skala, like Chris Hotel, located in Skala right near all the action. They even have their own bar, Chris Cafe, where you can drink cocktails or your morning coffee overlooking the ocean.

Patmos Island offers a rich history, and we’re proud of our history. But from beautiful beaches to exciting nightlife and plenty of shopping in between, Patmos Island is an excellent stop for the modern, cosmopolitan tourist, as well. No matter who you are or what your interests may be, the Aegean Sea is calling you to book your Patmos hotel for an unforgettable vacation in Patmos, Greece.