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Ten of the Best Places to See in Patmos

Published on 2018-03-27

Ten of the Best Places to See in PatmosPatmos may not be the average summer destination but can be the perfect choice for Easter in Greece. Perched over the southeastern Aegean Sea, this tiny island has a reputation as one of the most archaic sights of Christianity. It was where John wrote the famous "Revelation," at a time when Patmos was a prison for the exiles. Today, it is a place of unique beauty
Festival of Religious Music of Patmos

Published on 2016-12-17

The Festival of Religious Music of Patmos, which was initiated in 2001, is now one of the most important and unique summer musical events in terms of content and is aimed at presenting events of a high-quality musical and spiritual content, as befits the sacred site where it is hosted.At the Festival of Religious Music, the environment and the natural habitat of a beautiful island meld in an ideal
The Encounter of Traditional Dances

Published on 2014-07-05

The Encounter of Traditional Dances is a new cultural institution for the Municipality of Patmos. It began in September 2011 with the support of the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and is organized by the Cultural Centre of Patmos and the Dance Association of the Youths and Friends of Patmos headquartered in Athens. Every second weekend of September, Patmos hosts Greek Tradition in the outdoor
Festival of Taste and Tradition

Published on 2014-07-04

The Festival of Taste and Tradition is a wine tasting trip to the Aegean blue, highlighting the culinary culture of Patmos and of other islands.Patmos is the most important religious destination of our country and the Festival of Taste and Tradition hopes to develop and upgrade even more the local gastronomy and gain one more advantage, seeking to highlight and offer the treasures of the earth and


Skala is the capital of Patmos and the biggest settlement on the island. A charming little port with lots of authentic restaurants, Greek cafenions and shops of all kinds. Evening entertainment is offered through a variety of bars, clubs and open coffee shops. All accommodations are mainly located at the quiet back part of Skala or along the sea front. Regular bus transport & taxis connects
Grikos is an idyllic fishing village, approximately 5 km from the port of Skala, located at the fascinating bay of Grikos with its mysterious rock "Kallikatsou" which used to house hermits for many centuries. The old square offers a romantic view of colorful fishing boats and small taverns offering traditional food at all times of the day. Secluded beaches with lots of shady trees and sun-beds
Chora is a medieval village around the Byzantine monastery of St. John. This unique village with white houses in the typical Aegean style is the heart of Patmos attracting visitors from all over the world.Chora is a small community in itself, with lots of charming little restaurants and bars, some exquisite shops and small grocery shops. The village is connected with the rest of the island through
The Settlement Sapsila is located between the port of Patmos and Grikos. The sea beach of the town are the warmer waters of the island. It is a picturesque settlement with few houses and an ideal beach for relaxation. It is an ideal village for those who want to have a quiet holiday.
Kampos is a rural village in a distance of 5.5 Km from Skala located at a beautiful sandbay with lovely white houses in the Aegean style. An unspoiled piece of nature where fishers and farmers are your next door neighbours. The village square as well as the beach offer a variety of good taverns and a small grocery shop supplies you with whatever is needed. Shady trees and sun-beds on the beach give

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    Archaeological site of Kastelli

    The position of Kastelli is arguably the most important archaeological site of Patmos, where ruins of the ancient acropolis and foundations of the temple of Apollo are saved.

    As a naturally fortified hill, Kastelli rises west of Skala and north of Chora and offers clear view of three bays: Skala (to the east), Chochlaka (southwest) and Merika (to the north), while on the horizon there are the islands of Naxos and Ikaria, factors that explain the choice of the ancient inhabitants of the island to build their citadel here.

    Superficial sherds and stone tools made of obsidian and flint that were found in the area (and that are exposed in the Mansion Nikolaidis) show that there was already a residential installation from the Bronze Age (1600-1100 BC). At the same time, findings of Geometric, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman times denote the continued use of the hill itself throughout the historical period: 8th century BC – 4th century AD).

    Today, impressive remains of the fortification dating to the end of the classical period (late 4th century BC) are kept in Kastelli and are visible while ascending Skala. Significant parts of the fortification and rectangular towers are preserved to a large extent, while the ruins of the southeast tower reach the height of 3.5 m. In the northwest tower (a little higher from the small church of Saint Constantine, who seems independent of the main fortification) the gate with a ladder section of six steps are also rescued.

    To visit the ancient citadel of Patmos, you have to follow a trail of three kilometers, which starts from the port of Skala (about an hour and a half on foot), in a short distance from theBaptistery of St. John. The view of Kastelli will reward you for your journey to the top.