Skala, Patmos’ photogenic ferry port, is set on a huge bay on the eastern shore of the island. Apart from those moments when mighty cruise ships suddenly obliterate the entire harbour like a giant Monty Python foot, it’s a laid-back little place. There’s even a tiny patch of sandy beach – albeit covered with restaurant tables – a few hundred metres from the dock.
Skala’s waterfront is an unbroken string of tavernas, cafes and fading Italian buildings from the 1930s, while whitewashed houses, stylish clothing and jewellery boutiques, geletaria, and cafes fill the maze of backstreets stretching inland. The island is barely 700m wide at this point, so a 10-minute walk will take you all the way to stony, windswept Hohlakas Beach on its western side.