Cruise Port Atlas | Patmos, Greece Day Trips | Attractions

Patmos, Greece Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Patmos: Star Clippers, Voyages to Antiquity, Azamara Club Cruises, Oceania, Paul Gauguin, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Holland America, Princess

Key Attractions: Cave of the Apocalypes, Monastery of St. John, Zoodochos Pigi, Skala Beach, Meloi Beach, Agriolivadia Beach, Kambos Beach, Grikos Beach, Psili Ammos Beach, Skala, Chora, Kapmos, Grikos, Akri, Marathi

Patmos Religious Attractions

Skala Tender Berth to Chora - 3.7 KM, 5 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

From the port at Skala to the Monastery of St. John in the island's capital of Chora, you can take a taxi or take a 30 minute walk up the hill. Along the way you will stop at the Cave of the Apocalypse which is where St. John the Divine is said to have had the visions which he transcribed as the Book of Revelation. The entrance to the cave is inside a convent and the cave itself is filled with religious objects and beautiful icons, each with a story. The impressive Monastery of St. John was built in 1088 and was built as a fortress to protect it from the common threat of pirates. Inside are impressive courtyards, chapels and medieval frescoes. Also inside the walls is another convent. At the Convent of Zoodochos Pigi, the nuns create stunning stitchery and you can visit two beautiful chapels.

              

   

Photo of Monastery of St. John by Vladimir Boskovic, Photo of Apocalypse Cave by Orthodox33

Patmos Beaches

Skala Tender Berth to Skala Beach - 0.7 KM, 2 minutes
Skala Tender Berth to Melio Beach - 2.3 KM, 4 minutes
Skala Tender Berth to Agriolivada Beach - 2.1 KM, 4 minutes
Skala Tender Berth to Kampos Beach - 3.5 KM, 8 minutes
Skala Tender Berth to Grikos Beach - 3.8 KM, 6 minutes
Skala Tender Berth to Psili Ammos Beach - 7 KM, 10 minutes by taxi and 20 minute hike or take the ferry
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Patmos beaches are small, but offer lovely views and crystalline waters. Skala Beach is on the west side of the island across an isthmus from where the tenders dock. A short distance north of Skala are the beaches of Melio, Agriolivada and Kampos, with small resorts, some watersports and tavernas. Grikos Beach offers similar services. For a more idyllic and isolated beach experience you can take a ferry to Psili Ammos (or hike in from the north) where you can walk to the far end and find a naturalist beach area.

           

   

Photo of Melio Beach by KF

Patmos Villages

Skala Tender Berth to Chora - 3.7 KM, 5 minutes, distance is shorter on foot
Skala Tender Berth to Kampos - 3.5 KM, 8 minutes
Skala Tender Berth to Grikos - 3.8 KM, 6 minutes
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Chora on the hill above the port of Skala is the most popular village on the island. The residential and commercial neighborhoods surround the massive Monastery of St. John and include impressive mansions, tavernas with dramatic views and small shops selling local handicrafts. The port of Skala is young by comparison as commercial boat traffic didn't start in earnest until the 19th century when the threat of pirates abated. The rustic coastal village of Grikos and Kampos offer more casual charms. Kampos sits above some lovely beaches.

           

   

Photos of Skala and Chora by Chris Vlachos

Arkoi and Marathi

Skala Tender Berth to Arkoi - 10 KM by ferry
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The islands of Arkoi and Marathi offer visitors the peace and quiet of old Greece. Daily ferry service is offered to the larger more populous Akri (50 inhabitants) while accessing Marathi will require hiring a fishing boat. Akri has tavernas, a small church, and beaches only accessible on foot or by boat.

        

   

Photo of Arkoi village by Philthemancunian

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

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