At a glance
Known as “the island of the Apocalypse” or “Jerusalem of the Aegean”, Patmos is an island characterised by a sense of spirituality, serenity and mysticism.
For the faithful Orthodox, it is without doubt a holy island; for everyone else it is a hidden paradise, kind of forsaken through time, with limpid waters, magical beaches, whitewashed labyrinthine alleys, a picturesque port, mouthwatering cuisine, to-die-for sunsets and a very strong energy.
The fortress-like monastery, standing on top of a hill, dominates the island’s skyline, reminding all that St. John the Theologian – one of the twelve disciples of Jesus–wrote his Revelation (The Book of the Apocalypse) while in exile here. The cave in which St. John lived and experienced his visions, as well as the monastery dedicated to Saint John, have been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
However, even if you are by no means a religious person, Patmos and its energy will magnetise you. It’s no coincidence that this is an island to which visitors return again and again, and it is a favourable with celebrities, intellectuals and even royalty. But it is not until you have swum your way to the little church of Ai Georgis on the petit islet at Geranos beach, until you have seen the breathtaking view from the top of the enormous rock seemingly “dropped” on Petra beach, until you have held some of the colourful pebbles of Lampi beach in your hand, or until you have enjoyed a cocktail or the oh-so-famous chicken pie at George’s Place at cosmopolitan Kampos beach, that you will fully understand what all the Patmos-fuss is about.
Oh, it’s also one of the best places to spend Orthodox Easter, as the mystical atmosphere will surely touch your soul.