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Monastery of St John the Theologian

As this immense 11th-century monastery-cum-fortress remains active, only a small portion is open to visitors. The entrance courtyard leads to a sumptuously frescoed chapel, fronted by marble columns taken from an an…
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Monastery of the Apocalypse

Nestled amid the pines halfway to Hora, the Monastery of the Apocalypse focuses on the cave where St John lived as a hermit and received his revelation. Pilgrims and less-than-devout cruise passengers alike stream i…
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Pantheon

Look for the octopus drying outside – hence its local moniker 'the octopus place' – this whitewashed belle with Aegean-blue chairs and soaring village views is pure Greek fare at its best. Seafood and meatballs, hom…
Greek in Hora

Jimmy's Balcony

Perched above the road, on the principal lane through the village to the monastery, the shaded terrace of this welcoming all-day cafe-restaurant commands regal views across Skala to the islands to the north. Drop in…
Convent in Hora

Holy Monastery of Zoödohos Pigi

The Orthodox convent known as the Holy Monastery of Zoödohos Pigi is tucked away in the back alleys of Hora. You can’t go beyond its pretty little courtyard, where a small church holds remarkable 17th-century fresco…
Taverna in Hora

Vaggelis

With chi-chi grey chairs and tables, Vaggelis sits in one of the most intimate squares in the world. Foamy cream octopus, seafood mousakas and impeccably prepared traditional dishes such as baked Patmos goat are a f…
Greek in Hora

Loza

With its lively terrace affording Olympian views of the Aegean, Loza is the best spot to eat after visiting Hora. The menu ranges from tasty traditional mezedhes (appetisers), to home-made pies, crepes, various past…
Art in Hora

Andreas Kalatzis Gallery

Byzantine icon artist and Che Guevara lookalike, Andreas Kalatzis lives and works in a 1740s traditional home just east of the St John monastery. There's a beguiling mix of abstract oils, sculpture and quirky photog…