Patmos is a small island in the Dodecanese. It is known all over the world for its significant religious heritage, as well as the amazing beaches, quaint villages, incredible landscapes and superb food. Find useful information about the island’s beaches, attractions, villages, and ferry routes below. Book ferry tickets to Patmos at the best prices on Ferryhopper and start your holidays!
The Chora of Patmos and the imposing Monastery of Agios Ioannis Theologos.
Vacation in Patmos
Patmos is the perfect island to enjoy relaxing moments, walk around picturesque villages, swim in idyllic beaches, and explore trails with amazing views. The atmospheric Chora of Patmos has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The town will charm you with its majestic architecture, narrow alleys and windmills located right next to the village. As for nighttime adventures, the port of Skala is the heart of the action on Patmos!
Beaches in Patmos
There are many wonderful beaches in Patmos, where you can enjoy crystal-clear waters and the warm sun. You can find several spots with umbrellas, sun loungers and shops, but if you prefer to enjoy a quiet swim, the island of Patmos offers secluded options as well. Find the top beaches in Patmos as selected by Ferryhopper below:
- Agriolivado: One of the most popular beaches on the island. It has shallow, crystal-clear waters, restaurants and water sports facilities.
- Kampos: Popular beach with sun loungers, free parking space and cafés. The area offers several amenities, and it is perfect for water sports enthusiasts.
- Psili Ammos: Located in the southwestern shore of the island and considered one of the prettiest beaches in Patmos. Its turquoise waters and golden sand will amaze you.
- Lampi: Its name literally translates as “shiny” since the sun playfully glistens on the colorful pebbles. It is a majestic beach with crystal-clear waters and restaurants, where you can enjoy a delicious meal after taking in the sun.
- Agios Theologos: Small beach in the bay of Skala. There are tamarisk trees for shade, and several shops for food and drinks nearby.
- Petra: Popular beach with clean waters and white pebbles. The “Rock of Kalikatsou”, one of the most impressive natural sites on the island, is right next to the beach.
- Geranos: One of the top beaches in Patmos with pebbles and aquamarine waters. It’s in the northern part of the island and it’s calm and wind-protected.
- Vagia: Quiet pebble beach with crystal-clear waters. You will find many trees for shade and a café nearby.
- Grikos: Beautiful cove with calm waters. It looks like a lake as it is surrounded by 2 small peninsulas.
Tip: If you’re in the mood for an adventure, we suggest that you visit the Chiliomodi islet near Patmos. The west shore of the islet is easily accessible, and the beach stands out for its dark pebbles.
Cliff diving in the crystal-clear waters of Patmos.
Activities and sightseeing in Patmos
Patmos is an activity-lovers’ paradise. Walk down the island’s trails and explore its interesting sites and natural wonders. The Monastery of Agios Ioannis Theologos and the Cave of the Apocalypse are the most popular attractions. These two monuments alongside the Chora of Patmos have been listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Ferryhopper suggests a visit to the following sites:
- Monastery of Agios Ioannis Theologos
- Cave of the Apocalypse
- Windmills of Patmos
- Zoodochos Pigi Monastery
- Profitis Ilias Monastery
- Folklore Museum in the Simantiri Mansion
- Rock of Kalikatsou
Tip: Patmos is also known for the yearly International Film Festival that takes place in July. You can attend workshops, seminars and film screenings during the festival.
The villages of Patmos
There are 4 main villages in Patmos, where most of the permanent residents live. The Chora of Patmos is the island’s capital and it is built around the Monastery of Agios Ioannis. You shouldn’t miss out on exploring its quaint alleys and kicking back at the Agia Levia and Xanthos squares. Skala, the second largest village, is located 4 km from the main town and it’s the central port of the island. Pay a visit to the villages of Kampos and Grikos to swim in perfect waters and taste delicious local food at the tavernas.
Tip: Agia Levia Square is home to the traditional restaurant “Vaggelis”, which is a favorite meeting spot serving mouthwatering local dishes.
Useful info and phone numbers for Patmos
Although Patmos is a relatively small island, it provides plenty of services to travelers. You can find supermarkets, cash machines, pharmacies and gas stations in all 4 villages. There’s also a medical center near the port. As for accommodation, there are many options throughout the island. There are also local buses connecting the Chora and the port with the beaches and the other villages. Find some useful phone numbers below:
- Skala Port Authority: +30 22470 31231
- Patmos Medical Center: +30 22473 60000
- Police Station: +30 22470 31303
- Municipality of Patmos: +30 22473 60300
- Tourist Information Office: +30 22470 31666
- Citizens’ Service Centre of Patmos (KEP): +30 22470 31158
Ferry schedules and ferry tickets for Patmos
If you want to travel from mainland Greece to Patmos, you can take the boat from the port of Piraeus. The Piraeus - Patmos ferry crossing is available several times a week and is serviced by standard ferries that offer cabins and vehicle parking facilities. The ferry trip duration is 7-12 hours depending on the number of stops.
Find out more information about the Piraeus - Patmos route on Ferryhopper!
The famous windmills of Patmos.
Ferry routes from Patmos
The port of Patmos offers several direct ferry connections to other islands in the Dodecanese, the North Aegean Sea as well as the island of Syros. More specifically, you can continue your vacation by traveling directly to the following islands from Patmos:
Our Map of ferries is useful to plan your island hopping experience in the Aegean Sea. You can find all available ferry routes from and to Patmos in just a few clicks!
Where to book ferry tickets to Patmos
On Ferryhopper you can find important information about your vacation in Patmos including all ferry routes and ferry schedules for the cosmopolitan island. Compare prices, take advantage of the latest offers and book ferry tickets to Patmos with no extra fees!