I’m Federica and I live in the north of Italy. When I was little, I used to travel a lot with my parents but we never went to Greece. Recently, I decided to visit Patmos with my boyfriend. He had visited Patmos many times when he was younger and he is completely in love with this little island.
When we decided to go, I wasn’t sure about the island. However, my mind changed as soon as I arrived. We ended up spending 14 days in Patmos staying in a little hotel near the port and we did something new everyday.
Patmos is tiny, as I mentioned, but it’s full of interesting places. The strange thing that I noticed when I arrived was that “time flows in a different way” here. It feels like you have been transported to an oasis of nature and peace. Everything is quiet and calm, and you feel yourself slowly relaxing until you become completely relaxed. That is what surprised me most.
Patmos is an unknown island but this is why travelers will love it. There is a sense of mystery about it. My favorite place was Psili Ammos Beach – a beach that you can only reach by walking between mountains. When it’s windy, there are waves but when it’s not windy, the sea is calm and clear. Sunsets here are magic. Honestly, Patmos has the world’s best sunsets!
5 Amazing Things To Do in Patmos
- Visit Psili Ammos Beach: Situated on the southern shores of Patmos, this stunning beach offers fine white sand and beautiful blue waters inviting you in for a swim. You can park your car or scooter at the parking spaces which are located by an olive grove above the beach.
- Explore the Cave of the Apocalypse: A UNESCO World Heritage Site that is a must-visit in Patmos. It’s often referred to as the “Holy Grotto” because it’s a traditional pilgrimage site for many Greek people.
- Climb up the Big Rock in Petra Beach: The view up there is amazing.
- Get Lost in the Chora of Patmos: Chora is the capital of Patmos and home to some amazing sights like the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian. Get lost down the winding streets and alleyways.
- Watch the Sunset from the Lighthouse: Classic Greek island colors!
Immerse in the Local Way of Life
Patmos is home to 3,000 residents organized in small neighborhoods, but it looks like one single city. The houses are blue and white and there are many different hotels around. You can find low-cost hotels and more expensive places. It’s important to know that everyone is kind.
And the food is delicious. You can find typical restaurants and also sushi, pizza and pasta. For me, the best place to stay was in Skala (the centre) because you have everything you need. Overall though, the island is very small and with a motorbike you can get around the island in 20 minutes.
My Best Memory from Patmos
My best memory of Patmos was one sunset I saw. We were coming back from Agrio Livadi Beach and we saw this sunset from a panoramic point. We stopped the scooter and put some music on and watched the sunset. I couldn’t stop crying. It was a very powerful experience.
Need to Know Before you Go
Patmos is a wonderful place to visit even though it’s small and not full of young people. At the start, I wasn’t sure about going because I knew it would be quiet and I was afraid of getting bored. But honestly, I will never regret going. Patmos has an atmosphere that can change your life!