PATMOS - THE ISLAND OF REVELATION
Patmos, the island of the Apocalypse on which the Evangelist John wrote the Apocalypse or Jerusalem of the Aegean as it is called internationally, is a special destination for those seeking peace. Chora is built on a hill, which adorns the Monastery of Agios Ioannis the Theologian, the most important monastery complex in the Aegean in the form of a large castle. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999 and has also been declared a "Holy Island'' by the Greek Parliament in 1981. Skala is the port and the busiest part of Patmos with remarkable tourist infrastructure and many shops of all interests. . In front of the port, in the main square, is the Italian Building built by order of the Italian governor Mario Lago and is a typical architectural monument of the Italian era in the Dodecanese. In Skala you will find the Patmion Cultural Center as well as the primary school of Skala, two venues that hosted the 9th Aegean Film Festival.
In the northern part of Patmos is Pano Kampos a village with traditional houses built some on a small hill and others lower while the church of the Annunciation stands out. Kato Kampos is a coastal settlement with intense vegetation, orchards, olive trees, pines, eucalyptus and tamarisk trees on the beach. Grikos is a coastal settlement in a small valley with endless vegetation that creates a unique natural landscape. Near Kampos are also Vagia and Livadi, two beautiful coastal settlements. The closed bay on the sandy beach is adorned by Tragonisi overlooking, which looks more like a lake. In the gulf of Groikos, one can admire the stone of Kalikatsos, a rocky geological formation accompanied by myths and legends. According to the legend, Petra of Kalikatsou is nothing but the curse of a mother who cursed her daughter and as soon as she entered the sea she petrified. Petra is considered the second most important archeological site of the island and is protected by the archeology of Dodecanese.
The Holy Cave of the Apocalypse in the middle of the hill between Skala and Chora is one of the reference points not only of Patmos, but of Christianity worldwide. In the cave it is believed that John had the visions that the text of Revelation dictated to him. The cave was formed into a place of worship by the founder of the monastery of Patmos, Osios Christodoulos. Its intense mystical atmosphere enchants while on the walls of the Cave there are the imprints of the Evangelist. The castle monastery of John the Theologian is located at the top of Chora overlooking the Aegean. In the katholikon of the monastery, the iconostasis with representations from the Bible, the frescoes of the 17th century, the icon of Saint John the Theologian and the old bank are characteristic. At the top of a hill above Skala overlooking the sea are 3 windmills, a living monument that since 1588 have been the jewel of Patmos. The Windmills of the Holy Monastery of Patmos were awarded by Europa Nostra in 2012 as "the best project for the restoration and preservation of cultural heritage".
The coastline of Patmos offers a wide variety of coasts, bays, harbors, capes, coves and rocks with strange shapes. Kampos is the busiest organized beach on the island, with shallow waters and facilities for water sports. Psili Ammos is considered the most beautiful beach on the island, but it is accessible only by boat or 20 minutes on foot. Vagia is located just after Kampos and is one of the quietest pebble beaches on the island with crystal clear blue waters. Grikos with its beautiful creek which has joined the most beautiful bays in the world, with Tragonisi opposite to it, and the impressive rock Kallikatsou or Petra is a unique choice. One of the quietest beaches of the island is the pebbled Crane, without sunbeds, but with tamarisk trees and a small island with a church opposite. Lampi is a beautiful beach with crystal clear waters in the northeast of the island, which is famous for its colorful pebbles. Petra beach next to the strip of land that connects the "rock of Kalikatsos" with the mainland is an organized beach with large white pebbles. Geranos is a very popular beach with turquoise, crystal clear waters which is protected by meltemia overlooking the island of Ai-Giorgis. The organized, sandy Agriolivado, with its tamarisk trees and youthful atmosphere, is easily accessible from Skala.
Patmos is not only religious but also a delicious destination for all of Greece as sweets, pastries, delicious food are some of its traditional flavors. The cuisine of Patmos, like any other place, depends on its local products and specifically for the island are honey, mizithra, xinomizithra (dry mizithra) and "Kalathoto", a hard cheese made from goat's and sheep's milk. The food is dominated by the goat in various versions: the kapama goat with tomato, french fries and cinnamon, the kapama goat with thick spaghetti, sauce and grated local cheese. In Patmos you should try the famous patiniotiki cheese pie, made with patiniotiko cheese, and the pouches: sweets, with icing sugar or pan, filled with honey and nuts. On an island with such rich cuisine, the "Festival of Aegean Taste and Tradition" could not be missed,which attracts many visitors.