Pátmos is small and beautiful, named “Europe’s most idyllic place to live” by Forbes magazine which wrote that “Patmos has evolved over the centuries but has not lost its air of quiet tranquility.
Most people comment on this peaceful energy, which is palpable as you step off the boat on to Pátmos. This is an island for the discerning; there is no airport and therefore no package holiday ‘scene’. It is a place of serenity, reflection and relaxation; though with a vibrant café/bar scene and a love for summer festival parties!
Pátmos hosts an international film festival during the last week of July, and a sacred music festival in late August.
An almost complete figure-of-8 road circumnavigates the island. The southern loop surrounds the hilltop monastery town of Chora, overlooking the island. The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The middle of the loop takes in the main sea port of Skala, and the northern loop encompasses the ‘party’ bay of Kámpos, before splitting into two horns that reach north and access some of the most picturesque spots on the island.