Patmos is located between Leros and Ikaria, and is a mountainous island with beautiful landscaping and beaches. The main communities of Patmos are Chora, its capital, and Skala. Patmos has derived much of its fame from the mention of the island in the Bibleís Book of Revelations, when John was exiled to Patmos and received a vision from Jesus. Because of this, Patmos is a very popular destination for Christian pilgrimage, as the cave where John received his Revelation, and several monasteries dedicated to Saint John are found here. The Patmos island features beautiful white cube shaped houses spilling down the sides of a hill, along with churches and grand sea captainsí mansions. All are separated by narrow lanes, high walls, and small square openings which will grant you a view of the majestic Aegean Sea. Skala is the main settlement on Patmos and features whitewashed houses and flowered courtyards, as well as hotels, restaurants, and shops. Villages close by include Kambos and Netia.
Kambos is located near what is considered to be the finest beach on Patmos. Netia features the baptismal place of John the Evangelist. Netia also holds fine restaurants and a newly built dive center. Patmos is a worth to visit during your Dodecanese sailing cruise in Greece for its unique atmosphere, itís crystal sea and beautiful beaches. But Patmos is not amazing only by the sea. Whether you are interested in history and religion or not, the Monastery of St. John is a must. Its real name is Agios Ioannis o Theologos ("St. John the Theologist") and it looks like a huge fortress above Chora. In fact, it was built as a fortress in the 16th century, since the island needed some sort of defense when pirates attacked. In the monastery you can visit the church, the Treasury and the museum. The Cave of Revelation lies between Chora and Skala and is where St. John had his vision. There is a crack in the roof where Jesus appeared to him and John dictated his vision to his disciple Prochorus. The nunnery of Zoodochos Pigis ("Life-giving Source") lies in Chora and can sometimes be visited, but the most active nunnery is outside the village and is called Evangelismos. If you are up for a climb, visit the monastery of Profitis Elias ("Prophet Elias") where you'll get a fantastic view since it is the highest point of the island (269m). On a clear day you'll see as far as to Turkey. When visiting all of the above, make sure you are dressed properly: women must wear long skirts and have covered shoulders, men must wear long trousers. In general, Chora is well worth walking around in. It is built like a labyrinth to keep the pirates away, and has many nice houses and little shops.