No mass packages
Difficult to get to.
Patmos, one of my favorite Greek islands
You cannot fail to see the imposing Byzantine fortress like structure of the Monastery guarding over Chora - it dominates the island. It was founded in 1088, by Ioannis Christodoulos. Its position atop the hill and its walls are testament to the danger of invading turks. The town of Chora huddles around the base of its walls. The monastery consists...more
To the eastern side of Chora is Zoodochos Pigi (means “life giving source”) and is the second most populous convent on the island, after Evangelismos.The Convent of Zoodochos Pigi, was founded by the monk Parthenios Pankosta, under the patriarch Timothy the 2nd in 1607 and is located southwest of the big Monastery. There are two churches, Zoodohou...more
Take the bus from Skala to the old town of Chora and visit the monastery - its free to enter but please respect the dress code - no shorts and skimpy tops allowed. Apart from its Christian connections the building of the monastery is lovely to see and its many beautiful frescoes, representing the miracles performed by Saint John. It has a double...more
Instead of taking the bus back walk down and vist the cave, some 2.5 km from Skala - half way down the hill from the monastery. An old stone donkey path goes down to the Cave of St John and carries on down to Skala - a great way to see the island views. The Cave is where the apostle John received the Revelation from which he wrote the last book of...more
Chora is the old town of Patmos, some 4.5km above Skala - dominated by the monastery. Take time after a monastery visit to wander around the narrow alleyways with traditional architecture and the odd donkey. There are a few shops and cafes up here and tucked away you'll find more snowy white chapels and smaller monasteries with flower-filled...more
The old cobbled donkey path linking the Chora with the Cave of St John is just one of several old paths on Patmos - they make a pleasanter detour from the road as some pass through pine trees and give wonderful views. We met several dutch walkers who had come to Patmos to walk these paths to reach outlying parts of the island - Patmos is good for a...more
Halfway up to the monastery is the Cave of the Apocalypse, where reputedly St John wrote the book of Revelations. Doesn't take long to see (esp if on way to see Hora and the Monastery, and it's the reason why Patmos has been a religious centre for 900 years. Interesting to see, but wear reasonable clothing - a bikini/microskirt combo isn't going to...more
We toured the island on our clapped out motorbike, which just about lasted out the hire duration.We had a look at Kampos, north of Skala. There was a bit of development here and we had a couple of slices of expensive chicken and spinach pie at a taverna run by a Dane. The beach was ok as Patmos beaches go. Patmos wasn't a place for great sandy...more
I suppose I should give a tip here on visiting the monastery but as we never got to visit I don't feel qualified to. I'll just say it's open from 8am. to 1.30pm and 4 - 6pm. Tues, Thurs. and Sunday.If you decide to walk the winding 4km. to the monastery ,you will pass through Chora, a large and sprawling, typical Greek Island hill town. It's an...more
In 1985, Grikos was probably the closest thing to a resort. The English company, Timsway, had discovered this pleasant little place and had shown great interest in developing it as an upmarket package destination. New buildings were very much on the up and we could see that in a few years, it would be well on it's way to having "arrived". How right...more
It was built over 900 years ago and looked more like castle to me. In fact, it is said that it was used as defense against pirates. They have a treasury with religious artifacts but we didn’t think it was worth the 8 Euro to go in and see it. We saw a small tub and then thought back to the latrine we had just seen in Ephesus. We then joked about...more
My wife wanted to swim whilst I just wanted to relax in the shade and read a book. So, we took the tender from our ship and walked to the right, where there is a log line of palm trees. There were several places to eat on the way but we decided to walk to near the end of the trees because that's where everyone was swimming.We settled at a table in...more
In Skala are a couple of good bakerys where you can buy fresh bread and traditional Patmos Pies - cheese - and other tasty sweet goodies. I loved the signs on the shops too - signs everywhere were of a similar design, typifying Patmos Island. There was one near the harbour port, one on main road towards Chora and another nest to Panttelis...more
Just across from Pantelis is a creperie, with a couple of outside table and chairs, that did delicious freshly made to order banana, chocolate and biscuit crepes. (4 euros) We had one each big mistake and they were big and very filling. Best to get some ice cream from the gelaterie next door and share.more
This appeared to be the local kafeneon in the square in Skala. We frequented this place every night we were on Patmos and enjoyed the locals company.
I remember Nick getting so drunk one night here, he couldn't walk up the steps to our room and kept falling backwards!!
We were given BBQ'd little fish here, gratis. I think this was the first time we had ever seen a BBQ helped on it's way by a hairdryer !!! It amused us at the time but now we have seen this frequently.
Patmos does not have an airport so all arrivals will be by sea - there are several options as it is on the main ferry and hydrofoil route through the Dodecanese:there are daily ferry sailings from the E1 gate at Piraeus, Athens by Dane Sea Lines and Blue Star Ferries on the Piraeus to Rhodes route, also calling at Leros, Kalymnos and Kos. GA...more
There is a bus service on Patmos to Chora, Grikos and Kampos - the main areas. Mostly reliable - fares about 1.5 euros per person - may be delays when cruise ships are in are the bus is doing a school run! Timetables are posted near the main ferry harbour where there is a bus stop - enlarge picture for times.Failing that the island is so small that...more
Caiques from Skala visit all the main beaches in the summer months. There are daily cruises to Samos, Icaria, Fourni, Lipsos and the surrounding islands of Marathi, Agathonisi, Aspronisi, Macronisi, and Tiganakia. The Patmos Express leaves daily for Lipsi at 10am, returning at 4pm. Daily cruises also leave for beaches at Psili Amos and Lambi....more
In 1985 Skala's banking facilities consisted of changing money in a drinks shop. A nice idea that the whole process is so frought you simply must indulge in a bottle or two to get over the usually long-winded proceedure!!!
Now, I read, there is even an ATM. Whatever next???
What to buy: Personally I don't go to places like this to shop. I'm sure the up-market shops are overly priced, ready and waiting for the wealthy cruise ship occupants.
What to pay: Whatever the shopkeepers think they can take you for.....
When entering the grotto or the monastery, just like most churches or religious buildings in Greece, make sure your knees and shoulders are covered! I had shorts on and had to wrap a towel around my waist in order to keep my knees from showing. The local people will definitely frown upon that if they see you exposing those areas in a religious...more
17 Reviews and Opinions
The usual "trip" for the cruise tourists, while on the island, is something like:
Port --> Monastery --> Grotto --> Port (and to the ship)
So the taxi drivers (or some taxi drivers at least), trying to make the best (the most) of every cruise ship's visit, they take people from each spot to the next one. ie they take you from the port to the monastery, leave you there while they take another passenger to the grotto, where they leave him to take another to the port, and then they come back to the monastery (you already have seen the place and you are ready to leave) to take you to the grotto etc. This is how it works. At the same time they take three different passengers and of course they are paid triple money.
Fair enough, but this is a bit difficult to understand for someone who knows that "I take a taxi, I ask the driver to take me where I want, and then I pay the relevant fare".
So, either you deside you have no problem with that and you just follow the drivers "trip", or, you should discuss this with your driver from the beggining before getting in his car and, probably, hire another taxi. This will save your good mood.
This is the old road that connected Skala with Hora. A good way to see it is to climb to Hora by bus and return walking along this stone paved road, among pine woods.
Great excitement on the car ferry "Spirit of Samos" from Samos to Patmos when we sighted dolphins in the sea. We were making the trip in September of 2009. Three of them paced the boat for about fifteen minutes then drew ahead and disappeared. I tried to take some photographs but it my EOS 300D just didn't react fast enough. This was the best...more
Patmos has several other beaches many small coves, not always sandy - the best one is at Psili Ammos in the south but its also one of the most difficult to get to. Boats sometimes go from the port of Skala or its possible to hike there from Grikos in about 1+ hour, passing various pebbly beaches and Kalikratsou rock, ship repair yard, steep craggs...more
We took a taxi to Kampos village not a lot there the usual church and couple of tavernas. We ad a drink in one - several items were off the menu and the waiter had us in stitches with the way he shook his head when we asked for something they didn't have so it was just a quick frappe and then we walked 1km down the hill to the beach. some 11 km...more