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Patmos draws you in with its beauty as well as its atmosphere of peace. Volcanic islets hover off beautiful blue bays, like a continuation of the hills and mountains on land. And this peace and beauty attracts one of the most varied clientele of the Dodecanese - from back packers to David Bowie (he attests to the island's bewitching nature). The best places to stay in Patmos reflect this variety with options for all from budget self catering apartments to top notch five star resorts.
Greenest of the Dodecanese, Patmos is a wonderful island to explore on foot, but it's also considered the most spiritual of the group. A cave on Patmos is where the exiled St. John experienced the visions which inspired the Book of Revelations. And the island is still a wonderful place to come to rejuvenate your soul as well as your body.
Chora is the mountaintop villages closest to St. John's cave, so it's one of the best places to stay on Patmos if you're here to experience some of the history and mystery of his time here. Thousands of pilgrims visit the beautiful whitewashed sanctity of Chora each year.
There's a monastery by the cave, known for its frightening friezes depicting hell's demons, and this is the island's main sight.
These days the Heritage Listed town is also filled with tavernas and fine boutiques to accommodate the visitors.
Chora is also one of the best places to stay on Patmos for walkers. There are numerous trails leading out towards spectacular views, one of the best being a northbound trail offering breathtaking sunset panoramas of several other islands.
If you like the look of these you can day trip over to them. Marathi, which has a few tavernas and a long sweep of sandy beach, is the most popular.
Known so well for its spiritual side, Patmos is one of the quietest islands of the Dodecanese, but if you're looking for a bit of buzz to accompany your revelations, Skala, a stylish harbour town, is probably the best place to stay on Patmos for you.
Some of the best restaurants on Patmos are outside of the main towns, often located by a beautiful bay.
For an authentic Greek experience
- More remote options, like serene little resort, 9 Muses Exclusive Apartments are some of the best places to stay on Patmos for people who want a Greek Island experience from bygone days. 9 Muses has wonderful views of the Aegean, flagstone floors and the opportunity to dine under clear skies. A wonderful place for a romantic break, rooms here start from just £50 per night, so this is perfect for those looking for great value.
For views and a spot of luxury
- If you're looking for something more luxurious, book the Petra Hotel & Suites. Classically elegant, with spectacular views over the bright blue Bay of Grikos, this hotel has all the mod. cons. and excellent beach access.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay ion Patmos for you? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay on Patmos, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice. Alternatively have a look at our full list for the Dodecanese.
Best Hotels in Patmos
9 Muses 12 rooms from $63Patmos
A serene small resort with stunning views over the Aegean. Bungalow suites are named after the Muses and simply yet stylishly furnished. Lovely pool area, where you can dine under the stars. Perfect for those who want the Greek Island experience without the crowds.Views - Incredible views over the Aegean SeaRomantic - Good for couples.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorSights nearby - Well located for major sights.
Petra Hotel & Suites 11 rooms from $204Grikos, Patmos
A romantic, chic spot without pretence. Classically elegant rooms and suites with luxurious furnishings, all the mod cons, and private balconies. A lovely cafe restaurant, spectacular sea views, and sprawling terraces. An understated, but still luxurious choice.Views - All rooms have superb views over the Aegean and the Bay of GrikosRomantic BreakLuxurySwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels