Patmos island, Dodecanese
Patmos Island is globally known for its religious legacy, as it is the place where John the Evangelist (aka John the Theologian) wrote the Bible’s Book of Revelation. In 1981, Greece declared Patmos a “Sacred Island”, and in 1999 UNESCO included The Historic Center (Chora) with the Monastery of Saint-John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse in its World Heritage Site List.
Patmos has all those great qualities you want from a Greek island – superb beaches, clear blue seas, wonderful food, friendly people. Also the island has a lot of hiking trails to walk on foot and discover monasteries , exquisite chapels, windmills and an amazing view everywhere you look.
Some of the most important sites to visit in Patmos are the following:
Cave of Apocalypsis: The Holy Grotto where Saint John recorded the visions he received in the Book of Revelations. In the cave, you can see mosaics portraying the visions, Saint John’s resting place where he used a rock as a pillow, and the fissures where he heard the voice of God.
From Patmos port you can participate on daily tours to nearby islands.
You can visit Lipsous island and the church of Virgin Mary of Charos (Death), the unique icon of Virgin Mary who is hanging Jesus Christ on crux in her hands (not as a baby). The miracle with this icon is that, the cut white lilies are blooming every year in 23rd of August, in memory of the 9 days after the assumption of Virgin Mary.
Another daily cruise that is very interested, includes Lipsous (Platis Gialos beach), Tiganakia-Arkioi islands, Aspronisi, Makronisi and Marathi islands. This is an amazing cruise with incredible beaches and magnificent islands.
Chora of Patmos: The mediaeval Chora town was built around the Monastery of St. John the Theologian. This is one of the most beautiful and best preserved medieval towns in the Aegean Sea area. The small whitewashed houses shimmer under the sun, and the two-storey traditional houses will no doubt catch your eye. Stroll along the alleys and look for the hidden little restaurants, cafés and shops. Look especially for the traditional bakeries where you can buy cheese pies, local dairy products and a special confection, called poughi [pouch] made with honey and nuts wrapped in a pouch-like dough.
Let’s find out the best coasts of Patmos island!
Psili Ammos is an amazing relaxing spot. The hiking trail to reach it, is about 30 minutes walk from Diakofti beach. The scenery is spectacular, as it is on much of the island. You can also go their from Skala with a taxi-boat.
Some other wonderful beaches of Patmos are: Agriolivado, Kampos, Lampi, Groikos, Livadi Geranou, Petra!
Patmos has a ferry connection with the following ports: Piraeus (Athens), Agathonisi, Arkioi, Ikaria, Kavala, Kalymnos, Kos, Leros, Lipsi, Lesvos, Limnos, Mykonos, Rhodes, Samos (Vathi, Pythagoreio, Karlovasi), Symi, Syros, Fournoi, Chios.
Lipsi is a small beautiful island with a relaxing atmosphere and magical beaches, making it an ideal destination for laid-back holidays. In Lipsi, you can find azure waters, quaint alleys and delicious food. According to Greek mythology, the island was called Ogygia and the mythical Goddess Kalipso lived there and captured Odyssey for seven years (after Troy War). However she left him free to leave for Ithaca (after the intervention of Greek Gods Deus and Athens).
Lipsi is an island full of picturesque beaches: Katsadia, Platis Gialos, Hohlakoura, Lientou, Kampos, Papantria, Monodendri. Explore the island through hiking trails: You can discover charming creeks, blooming meadows and small cedar forests. As you conquer the island’s hills passing by sea daffodils, olive trees, vineyards and fig trees, you’ll notice the air is permeated by the smell of oregano and thyme.
Lipsi have a ferry connection with the following ports: Piraeus (Athens), Agathonisi, Arkioi, Ikaria, Kalymnos, Kos, Leros, Patmos, Rhodes, Samos (Pythagoreio), Symi, Fournoi.
Arkioi: The paradise of Dodecanese. Emerald, sapphire and turquoise waters. Arkioi is one of the two inhabited islands among a complex of 12 islands and islets, where the 3/4 of the terrain is still uninhabited and untouched by people. The second inhabited island is Marathi. Splendid views, form of terrain as well as very longed-for by every tourist peace and quiet makes it an attractive place for holidays. Apart from holidays, there are only 50 people on the island who live from fishing as well as farming and breading animals (mainly goats).
Arkioi have a ferry connection with the following islands: Samos, Kalymnos, Leros, Patmos, Leipsoi, Agathonisi.
Marathi island is an isolated spot of paradise on the map. If you go once you don’t want to leave this beauty and serenity. Marathi has few rooms for rental and only three taverns.
Agathonisi is an island full of gooseberry plants that grow abundantly on the island. Agathonisi is surrounded by six rocky islands: Kuneli or Kounelonisi to the south, Nero or Neronisi, Strogyli or Strogylos, Pita or Piato or Psathonisi or Psatho and Praso to the north and Katsagani or Glaro to the east. It is an ideal place for a boat tour.
Some of the most beautiful coasts of the island are: Spilia (cave) beach, Poros, Vathi Pigadi, Palos. Agathonisi can be visited very easily, because it has regular connections with Leros, Patmos, Lipsous and Samos. A modern heliport operates on the island.
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