Patmos: Pilgrimage & Windmills

Patmos is the northernmost Dodecanese Island in the Aegean Sea. With over 300 hours of sunlight per year, Patmos is a perfect place to charter a yacht and explore the quiet coastline. Though it has evolved over the centuries, it has not lost its air of tranquillity, and those who visit often return time and again, such is the allure of the island. From countless beaches and harbours, to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, there’s plenty to keep your interest on a charter holiday. Patmos is the most religious of the Greek Islands as well as the heartland of Christian pilgrimage. Favoured by orthodox believers, St. John the Apostle mentioned the island in his Book of Revelations, in which he was exiled to Patmos and had visions of Jesus in a cave.

Visit the Cave of the Apocalypse, together with the Monastery of St. John the Theologian and the historical centre of Chora. The capital of Patmos, Chora, is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its pleasant streets are lined with romantic cafés and restaurants, while visitors must see the wonderful open-air museum near the Cave of the Apocalypse and watch the religious festival if there in September. Often touted as Europe's most idyllic place to live in glossy magazines, enjoy the peaceful, historic island that is the religious centre of the Dodecanese.

When to go:

April – end of October

High season:

July – August



Drop anchor off Psili Ammos beach, one of the few sandy beaches on the island and a beautiful backdrop for a swim followed by a long lunch on board


Walk to the field of windmills just outside Chora – one of them is open and you can climb inside for a divine view


Stop at Giannis Kalogeropoulos in Skala and pick up some unusual locally handcrafted jewellery to bring home


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