Written by Missy Johnston
One of the northern-most islands in the Greek Dodecanese Islands chain, Patmos calls to visitors for a variety of reasons. Boasting beautiful beaches and stunning coastlines, Patmos, Greece is also a very important destination in Christian Biblical history. Many of the faithful have made a pilgrimage here to see these religious landmarks up close and personal, and these pilgrimages continue today. Whether you’re religious or not, Patmos is sure to soothe the soul and refresh your spirit. There’s no better way to visit Patmos than while on a private yacht charter.
Monastery of St. John
Many claim that Patmos is the location where John the Apostle wrote the book of Revelations. Today, on Patmos, when stopping during a yacht charter of the Greek Dodecanese Islands, be sure to visit the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse. Both are UNESCO World Heritage sites. The monastery is located at the top of the island, and it looks like a castle. It is easily seen from anywhere on the island and when approaching by sea—an impressive sight, regardless of your religious beliefs.
While Patmos is well-known for its religious history, that’s not all it has to offer. The town of Skala has a number of boutique shops, and the island is surrounded by gorgeous beaches. Have your captain anchor near one of the many secluded bays for some private time and a swim. You can also explore the island on foot. There are old walking paths and donkey trails, perfect for a hike and a very memorable day. Up around the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian is the Chora, or Old Town, with its myriad of walking streets to explore. They say there are enough little churches and chapels sprinkled all over the island, that there is one for every day of the year.
By land and by sea, Patmos has something that’s sure to inspire every visitor. It’s just one of the many places to explore on a private yacht charter in the Dodecanese Islands. Reach out to us today to start planning your retreat.