Welcome to Patmos
Patmos has a bewitchingly spiritual feel about it. That's not surprising given that it was here, in a cave, that exiled St John received the apocalyptic visions that formed sinister Revelations in the Bible. Pilgrims from around the world visit St John's cave and the island's monasteries, especially in the white-washed, labyrinthine sanctity of hilltop Hora. Other visitors, too, from movie stars to holiday makers, head to this hourglass-shaped island for its beautiful villages, including the picturesque harbour community of Skala, plus barely disturbed bays lined with sand and pebble beaches, and gorgeous pine- and heather-coated hillsides. The lack of airport has protected the island from mass tourism; there is a calmness here that is reflected in the locals, who are as hospitable and friendly as they come.