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In 95 AD the apostle St. John the Divine was banished to Pátmos and while there allegedly wrote the Book of Revelation. If not for this, Pátmos would be one of the quieter backwaters of the Greek islands, one of the smallest islands in the Aegean and tucked away at the very north of the Dodecanese chain. As it is, many visitors come to see the Monastery of St. John and its surrounding buildings, which are one of the architectural gems of this group of islands. Pátmos has more earthly pleasures too, including some beautiful and often deserted beaches, and only two towns of any size outside the main town, Skala. Grikou appeals to those who ...

In 95 AD the apostle St. John the Divine was banished to Pátmos and while there allegedly wrote the Book of Revelation. If not for this, Pátmos would be one of the quieter backwaters of the Greek islands, one of the smallest islands in the Aegean and tucked away at the very north of the Dodecanese chain. As it is, many visitors come to see the Monastery of St. John and its surrounding buildings, which are one of the architectural gems of this group of islands. Pátmos has more earthly pleasures too, including some beautiful and often deserted beaches, and only two towns of any size outside the main town, Skala. Grikou appeals to those who like the livelier holiday resort type of village, while Kambos attracts visitors who prefer their Greek towns to be largely unspoiled. Just outside Skala are the remains of an old acropolis, from where there are impressive views after an enjoyable walk, and indeed Pátmos will appeal to those who like exploring on foot, preferably with a quiet beach and a taverna at the end of the hike.

Mike Gerrard
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Mike Gerrard is the author of the National Geographic Traveler Guide to Greece, as well as guides to Athens, Crete, Corfu, the Greek Mainland, and the Greek islands for publishers including AA, AAA, Thomas Cook, Dorling Kindersley, Michelin, and New Holland. With his wife Donna Dailey, he also publishes the Greece Travel Secrets website.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: A small Dodecanese Greek island in the Aegean Sea; approximately 140 miles from Athens.
  • Language: Greek
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Book ahead to visit during Easter Week, when the religious celebrations are truly remarkable.