Patmos Island Sanctuary for the soul
Patmos is one of the most iconic Dodecanese islands in Greece and one of the most popular religious destinations worldwide. Thousands of years of history, a fascinating local culture, exquisite cuisine, pristine beaches, and romantic landscapes are just some of the characteristics that form the unique identity of the island.
The enchanting breeze of Patmos and its overwhelming energy challenge you to explore it from end to end and experience its fascinating landscapes. The simplicity and refined elegance in every corner of the island create a sense of wholeness and offer moments of true serenity. Whether you wish to discover the island or truly relax, one thing is for sure: Grikos Hotel & Apartments is the ideal place to make the most out of your stay!
Ranked as one of the most beautiful bays of the world, Grikos bay is a quiet settlement situated in the southeast of Patmos, approximately 4.5 km from the main port in Skala. Grikos features the longest coast in Patmos, offers natural shade from tamarisk trees and is made of shimmering sand and crystal clear waters. During summer, Grikos bay offers shelter to many sailing yachts that dot the lake-like bay, as it is protected from the surrounding islets. It features interesting reddish rock formations, vineyards, golden fields, tiny houses and traditional taverns, right by the sea, allowing visitors to admire the stunning seascape. Grikos bay is surely a destination where you can get in touch with nature and reconnect with your loved ones, or yourself. Link: https://world-bays.com/grikos-bay-patmos/
Rock of Kallikatsou
Found approximately 1 kilometre away from Grikos Hotel, the rock of Kallikatsou (also known as Petra Kallikatsou) is hard to be missed when on Grikos bay. Standing still, this distinctive rock is considered a historical landmark, presenting remains of temples and religious relics in its interior cave-like formations. Visitors can walk in the area and admire this natural phenomenon, take pictures and even climb the rock to admire impressive sea views.
Cave of the Apocalypse
Located at a 5 kilometre distance from Grikos bay, the Cave of the Apocalypse is perhaps the island’s most popular religious monument. Here, is where St. John the Theologian in 95 a.C. received his visions, that he recorded in the Book of Revelation. The cave includes icons of great historical value, more than 400 years old. The Cave of the Apocalypse was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1999 and is considered as one of the most sacred sites of Christianity.
Monastery of Saint John the Theologian
The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian is a Greek-Orthodox monastery founded in 1088 in Chora of Patmos. It took its name from St. John the Theologian, who, according to the text, was living on the island when the visions he later recorded in the Christian book of Revelation came to him. Since its foundation, the monastery has been a place of pilgrimage and a place of Greek Orthodox worship. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, along with the settlement of Chora and the Cave of the Apocalypse.
The settlement of Chora highlights the island’s traditional, noble architecture, offering a picture-perfect setting: all-white traditional houses, narrow alleys like a labyrinth, mysterious mediaeval arches and stone uphill stoops leading you to the monastery of St. John. the Theologian. Chora, declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1999, exudes an alluring atmosphere ideal for a scenic walk. Visitors are able to find quality shops as well as plenty of eat-and-drink places. The imposing windmills of Patmos are also to be found in Chora and add yet another touch to its enchanting landscape.
Patmos is home to plenty of truly incredible beaches! While there are few organised ones with sun beds, umbrellas and beach bars, most beaches and smaller coves are serene and pristine. If you are a fan of clear emerald-blue waters and interesting sea bottoms, then Patmos will quickly become a favourite. Psili Ammos is considered the island's most spectacular beach and not without reason. However, it might be a challenge to get there. Agrio Livadi and Kampos beaches are usually more lively, since they offer sun beds, umbrellas, water sports and beach bars. Livadi Geranou, Vagia beach and Meloi beach are more quiet and easily accessible, and so is Grikos bay, also ranked among the island's top beaches! The fascinating bays of the island will impress you and spark your interest for further exploration!