Best beaches and villages in Patmos

Patmos is a small island with few villages but many beautiful beaches. In fact, the main villages in Patmos are Chora and Skala. Chora is the capital town of the island, constructed on top of a hill and hosting the two most important sights of Patmos: the Cave of the Apocalypse and the Monastery of Saint John. Skala is a tourist village spread around the port of the island. Most hotels in Patmos are found in Skala, in a walking distance from the port, restaurants, cafeterias and shops.

Beaches in Patmos are spread all around the island. The most organized Patmos beaches are found on the eastern side, such as Grikos, Kampos, Agriolivado, Sapsila and Meloi. These are nice bays with crystal waters, partly organized with sunbeds, umbrellas and taverns, with small hotels or rooms in short distance. Most beaches are accessible by bus from Skala. Here are the most famous villages and beaches in Patmos. Each location is presented with detailed text, map and occasionally photos and close sightseeing.

Picturesque street in the centre of Chora, the capital of Patmos island
Chora is the capital town of Patmos and one of the most picturesque villages of the Dodecanese islands. Located 3 km from the port of Skala, Chora is actually constructed on top of a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea. The most impressive spot in Chora is the Monastery of Saint John, surrounded by walls that make it look like a fortress. These walls are lined around with white houses and mansions, creating a lovely town with special architecture. Since the Byzantine times, Chora of Patmos had many religious and economical advantages as this was considered a holy place. The fact that Apostle John...
Panoramic view of the village and port of Skala, Patmos island
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...
View to the beautiful bay of Agriolivado in Patmos island
Agriolivado (or Agriolivadi) is a nice beach at a distance of 2 km from Skala, the port town of Patmos Greece. With sandy shore and crystal waters, Agriolivado is a popular beach that attracts many families with kids. The waters are crystal and warm. Part of the beach is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas, while the few tamarisk trees offer natural shade to visitors. In walking distance from Agriolivado beach are delicious taverns, cafeterias and few hotels and apartments.
Nice atmosphere at the beach of Meloi in Patmos island, Dodecanese
Due to its close distance to Skala (2 km away), the beach of Meloi is accessible in about 20 min walk from the port of Patmos and is a nice destination for people who do not have their own means of transport. This beach is getting very popular in summer, receiving many tourists. The umbrellas and sunbeds on the beach make Meloi even more attractive, especially for families with kids. The shore is sandy and the water is crystal. Along the coast are tamarisk trees for shade. In few meters from the port is a camping site as well as few tavern and studios.
Located 9 km from Chora, on the northern side of the island, Kambos is one of the most popular and beautiful beaches in Patmos island. This is a large bay with sand and small pebbles, crystal water and facilities, such as umbrellas, sunbeds and watersports. Some trees also line up to the beach of Kambos, offering some natural shade. Few steps from the beach are nice taverns and cafeterias, where visitors can enjoy their meal with view to the sea. Some family Patmos hotels and studios are found in walking distance from the beach. Kambos beach in Patmos is especially great for families with kids....
Grikos is a lovely region about 5 km from Skala, the port of Patmos island. The road from Skala to Grikos continues parallel to the sea and creates a nice walk or drive away. Grikos is a popular settlement during summer, with any studios and family apartments, taverns by the sea, cafeterias and bike rentals. The bus from Skala stops about 50 meters from the beach. The beach of Grikos in Patmos is the longest on the island. It is sandy with small pebbles and has crystal waters. Part of Grikos beach is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas. At Grikos there is also a small port where fishing boats...
The tourist settlement of Sapsila is found in the middle way from Skala to Grikos, about 3 km from Skala. This region has few studios and apartments in Patmos, as well as a nice beach. The beach of Sapsila has very warm water and it is not getting very busy in summer. Therefore this is a great beach for relaxing moments. The beach of Sapsila in Patmos has few pebbles and clean waters. The walking distance from the port and the relaxing atmosphere make it a great place for accommodation in Patmos island.
At a distance of 12 km from Skala, Livadi Geranou is among the most beautiful beaches in Patmos. The sandy shore and the crystal waters attract a lot of visitors to this beach all summer long. The bay and close islets protects the beach of Livadi Geranou from strong summer winds, making it a great place for families with winds. Part of the beach is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas, while there is also a small tavern by the coast. Just opposite the beach is the islet of Saint George with a small church on it, reachable in few minutes of swimming. Livadi Geranou is also called Pothitou beach...