In a 2009 Forbes has named Patmos as Europe's Most Idyllic Place to live, due to the fact that "Patmos has evolved over the centuries but has not lost its air of quiet tranquility, which is one reason why people that know it return again and again."
The island can be reached by luxury ferry boats for the port of Piraeus (7-8 hours) or by plane to Samos island international airport, Kos island international airport or Leros island domestic airport and then with a catamaran and/or flying dolphin boat service to Patmos. The island has also ferry connections with several other surrounding islands. Patmos is a particularly enjoyable place for tourists.
At the main port town of Skala you will find most of the bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, as well as the supermarket, pharmacies and shops. Try among others, for fish Trehantiri Taverna and Tsivaeri, Italian food Oklaka, bars Arion, Kukla Mavri and Thea. In Skala, re-fitted kaikia (traditional wooden fishing boats) can be chartered for excursions to neighboring islands and beauty spots for swimming. There is also a dive shop with scuba diving and lessons available. There are bicycles for rent (the cycling is wonderful). There are walking tours that go to beautiful, little-seen parts of the island.
The village of Chora and its 11th century monastery are five minutes up the mountain from Skala by car, or twenty minutes walk by the old stone donkey path through a fragrant pine forest.
There are several beautiful beaches with or without activities. The best long sandy beach is Psili Amos (fine sand, in Greek) and has a taverna. Liginou is a secluded nude beach. Livadi Geranou, is a long, crescent beach with a small island offshore to which one can swim and a great fish taverna with an amazing view. Kambos Beach, is the home of George's Place, the social hub voted favorite beach bar/restaurant by Elle Magazine. It has sun-beds for rent and a variety of water sports and activities like waterskiing and wake-boarding, kayaking, peddle-boats, and beach volleyball.
There is a Sacred Music Festival during the first week of September. This takes place in an open-air amphitheater with stunning views next to the Cave of the Apocalypse, half-way up the mountain of the monastery.
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