I’ve visited plenty, I’ve greatly enjoyed most, but without a doubt, my favorite Greek island has to be Patmos. Some places are known for their invigorating field of energy; others for their nobility and beauty. Patmos, the spiritual island of the Dodecanese, is charismatic enough to be known for both. As such, it has managed to be one of the most authentic Greek destinations with a devoted following consisting of a most sophisticated international crowd.
Patmos has a strong religious history and is probably best known as the place where St. John received visions and wrote the Book of Revelation in 95 AD. Ever since, people have been traveling far to absorb its spiritual heritage in the midst of the peaceful Aegean beauty. Importantly enough, the small population of this remote island, as well as its refined visitors, has been most respectful of its history, not allowing it to become overly commercial and keeping Patmos delightfully unspoiled.
The two important settlements of Patmos are Skala, located right by the port and the very atmospheric Chora, which is situated on top of the hill, crowned by the island’s landmark, the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian – both declared as World Heritage Sites.
If the overall history and tranquility of the island sound not inciting enough yet, the magical scenery of the Chora will definitely captivate you.
Picturesque cobbled alleys cut like small rivers through beautiful mansions of 17th century architectural style, which testify to the wealthy society of a different epoch. Noble bohemians from all over the world have fallen in love with the Chora’s ambience. They have bought and beautifully restored the traditional mansions, keeping the unique spirit of this old town alive. The magnificent facades are intriguing; the richly and beautifully decorated interiors are unique and stunning.
Patmos is not to be measured by modern standards of luxury; it is not about open spaces, minimal design and beachfront sea views. Its essence lies in the authentic and timeless spirit to be found in every thoughtful detail. Walking in the small alleys with their beautiful stone pavements, among the stylish mansions with their precious antiques and distinguished class, you will get transported into a different era enjoying a different state of mind. No wonder that numerous celebrities choose Patmos for finding inspiration and peace of mind and that Forbes Magazine has included it among the most idyllic places to live in Europe.
Check out my full photo gallery of this magnificent island here.