Skala is the largest village and main port of Patmos island, Greece. This is where ferries and cruise ships arrive, given that Patmos has become one of the most frequent cruise stops in eastern Mediterranean Sea. Due to the close distance to the sea and the port, the region of Skala is the most tourist place in Patmos these days.
The settlement was actually developed in the 19th century, when piracy was confronted from the Greek seas. Until then, the only village on the island was Chora. People would come to Skala for port works and then would get up the many steps between Skala and Chora to go to their homes.
Today Skala has many Patmos hotels, studios, apartments and other facilities. There are also many shops, restaurants and cafeterias, either on the port side or in the inner streets. The streets of Skala are narrow and the houses are white, creating a nice architectural style. At one side of the port is a nice and organized beach to enjoy some relaxing moments.
From the port of Skala in Patmos, there are excursion boats in summer to close islands, such as Leros. Regular buses connect Skala with Chora, Livadi Geranou, Grikos and other tourist places on the island.