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Top Choice Monastery in Hora

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…
Top Choice Monastery in Hora

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…
Top Choice Cafe in Skala

Koukoumavla Bar

Imagine the love child of Tim Burton and Frida Kahlo opening a coffee house and you're getting close – interesting art spattered across green and orange walls, cool tunes, cocktails and excellent coffee. The 'owl' a…
Top Choice Greek in Hora

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…
Top Choice Bar in Skala

Art Café

Escape the harbour hubbub by climbing to a fabulous panoramic roof terrace then blissing out over sunset cocktails (€7 to €9) amid plump pillows and white-cushioned benches. The friendly German owner also serves gre…
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…
Greek in Patmos

Benetos

Dropping down to the sea from the coast road, a couple of kilometres south of Skala, this romantic boutique restaurant, and recently added tapas bar, is set on a working farm. The menu draws its inspiration from all…
Greek in Skala

AigaionEsti AigaionEsti

Skala's newest restaurant has wide-screen sea views, a smart interior of exposed stone and white walls, plus a menu featuring baby goat stew, wild boar, and squid with chilli and coriander. There's a wood-fired oven…
Seafood in Skala

Tzivaeri

Skala’s best option for a romantic feast spreads over a balcony terrace at the north end of the harbour. With its walls covered in shells, sponges and black-and-white photos, and the air thick with bouzouki music, i…
Taverna in Patmos

Livadi Geranou Taverna

With its flower-bedecked terrace perched on the heather-clad hillside at road’s end, a few metres above the beach, this hugely popular taverna benefits from heavenly sea views. Feast on a seafood spread of whitebait…