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Skala, Patmos 85500

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SKALA , PATMOS 85500 +30 22470 31205

Tour Overview

A04 Spirit of Patmos

Leaving Skala harbor your tour will start by visiting the Cave of St. John taking the form of a 17th century Monastery built around the cave where St. John spent two years living the life of an ascetic (95-97 AD).

Under the influence of visions, St John wrote the Apocalypse, dictating it to his disciple Prochoros.

We then drive up to the most impressive village of Chora, the capital of the island. On top of the hill lies the Monastery of St. John, a Byzantine building, built in 1088 by the Blessed Christodoulos, servant of Christ. Behind its imposing thick, high walls, there is a fantastic array of religious treasures, relics of saints, priceless heirlooms, jewelry and votive offerings. Monastery’s library is of great importance with a rare collection of books and manuscripts.

Taking the way down from the Monastery you will visit one of the traditional Patmian houses; the house of Simandiris family.

The magnificence of Patmian houses interiors leave one speechless. While entering the thick wooden entrance door is like stepping into another dimension. The Venetian style furniture and handicrafts as well as the ceilings and multi-colored mosaics date back to the 18th century.

You then proceed to “Aloni” to enjoy some ouzo with Greek snacks while attending a Greek folklore show where you may participate.

After this impressive tour you will return to Skala passing the South end of the island.

From To Element & Description Details & Remarks Duration
00:00 00:10 Depart for the Cave Transfer by motor coach 00:10
00:10 00:40 Visit the Cave Guided visit 00:30
00:40 00:50 Depart to the Monastery Transfer by motor coach 00:10
00:50 02:05 Visit of the Monastery Guided visit 01:15
02:05 02:15 Depart to Simandris' house Guided walk 00:10
02:15 02:30 Visit the House of Simandris Guided visit 00:15
02:30 02:45 Depart for Aloni Transfer by motor coach 00:15
02:45 04:15 Folklore dancing & lunch/appetizers Break 01:30
04:15 04:45 Return to the port Scenic drive 00:30

Key Highlights

Monastery of St. John incl. museum

Cave of the Apocalypse

House of Simandiris

Folklore dancing

Grikos Bay


Duration: approx. 5 hours

Category: Religious, Historical, Culinary

Available languages: English, Dutch, German, Swedish, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Greek

Activity Difficulty Level: moderate


Plenty of walking

Uphill, cobblestone pathways

Partial accessibility for the disabled

Informations Sights

Opening hours: Daily 08:00-13:30 & Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday 16:00-18:00

Entrances: Monastery € 5 pp, Cave € 3 pp, Simandiris € 4 pp

Dress code: shoulders and knees covered

Restroom facilities available

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