"Patmos - I remember when Greece was like this!" Top 5 Page for this destination Patmos Island by Elenitsa

Patmos Island Travel Guide: 40 reviews and 141 photos

Total relaxation

We arrived in Patmos in the dark and after an "interesting" first night (confusion regarding room proprietors and ending up in definately the WRONG place), we discovered an island which combines the glitz and cruise ship visits of Skala, with the beauty of Hora and the peace of beaches which felt like the ones I visited in Greece 20 years ago!

An island of contrasts 1

Skala is a real town - not the prettiest in Greece, but a real town with a life that goes on when the cruise ships aren't in. That said, it has a few too many designer & jewellery shops (and it has to be said tatty souvenier shops) for it's own good! The good news is, that (at least when I was there) these only opened when the cruise ships were in - so as a "resident" you can ignore their existence.

The square is a great place to watch the world (and various religious denominations) go by and generally sink into island life.

An island of contrasts 2

Hora (see main picture) is THE typical Greek island village - all white and blue and churches (and cats and donkies!). Didn't spend an evening there as we travelled out of season - but will certainly do so when we return in 2008!

The beaches are heaven - gritty sand, in picturesque bays with hardly any development (except for Grikos and Kambos and even these aren't "developed" by most island standards!) except for an excellent taverna or 2! Your peace may be disturbed by a donkey poking it's head over the wall or a goat trying to steal your food, but otherwise ....shhhhhhh!

Remember - this is a deeply religious island and the locals hold their traditions and religions dear - even if you're of a different or no faith - please bear this in mind.

More photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/elenitsa/sets/72157594338246076/

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Peace, friendly, old fashioned Greece with all mod cons!
  • Cons:The hordes from the large cruise ships-go to the beach!!!
  • In a nutshell:Somewhere that will call you back again and again!
  • Last visit to Patmos Island: Oct 2006
  • Intro Updated Feb 17, 2007
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  • sandysmith's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    we enjoyed, can't wait to sort the pics and write up - I'm done if you wish to see, next time perhaps I'll do Athens and Leros

  • vtveen's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2007 at 8:35 AM

    Hi Helen, thank you for visting my patmos page. Perhaps we also will go back next year. Jaap

  • ray_d's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2007 at 2:24 AM

    :o) Did not mean to prod :o)

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2006 at 8:10 AM

    More, more, more.... Not having to buy a toilet roll, come on, this is Greece we are talking about, surely?


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