Patmos is a well kept secret among jet setters in the northern part of the Dodecanese complex, one of the few places that has preserved its medieval settlements since the 12th Century. Historically is known for pilgrimage with a plethora of Monasteries, most of which are World Heritage sites: the cave of the Apocalypse and the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian. Over the recent years, the island has attracted the luxury travellers looking for authenticity and luxury lifestyle and a few of the must do experiences are:
With the companion of tour guide stroll around the narrow cobblestone paths, through the recently renovated mansions and the sea captains houses and end up in the crown of Chora, the Monastery of St. John. Continue with visiting the Ecclesiastical School of Patmos and the Apocalypse Cave. At the main square you can visit boutiques, cafés and restaurants before you follow the narrow alleys all the way down to Skala which is the main port and popular meeting place.
Rent a caique for a day
The island offers 63 km of coastline with a plethora of beaches to choose, from sandy and well organized to isolated coves. Rent a small Caique with a local captain for the day and sail to cosmopolitan Kambos, or Lambi which is known for the multicolored pebbles, Meloi which is closer to Skala port or Psilli Ammos known for the sweeping dunes and the tamarisk trees.
Day trip to islets
Rent a rib boat for the day and discover unspoiled small islands with crystal blue waters and fish villages with exquisite local cuisine. The island cluster of Arkoi, Leipsoi and Marathi will surprise you with their beauty and retained authenticity.
Body and mind
Patmos is a spiritual island and you feel the energy the minute you step foot in the port. During the sunset, enjoy a Yoga session in one of the terraces with views of the Monastery and the lights of Skala. Looking around you will be surprised to see how many Yogis find piece all over the island.
Maria Nikolakaki is Managing Partner at Beyond Spaces Villas.