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Patmos Yacht Charter Guide

A sacred island with hundreds of years of spiritual history, Patmos is found within the Dodecanese cluster of islands in the southeastern Aegean sea. A tiny island of just 13 square miles, it is home to rich mythologies and played a huge role in placing the Dodecanese on the map. The mountainous island offers everything one would expect of a Greek island: sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and charming architecture, but it sets itself apart from its neighbours with its monastic history and Orthodox treasures.

Best time to visit: Patmos is warm and sunny for almost the entire year but May to September are the hottest (and most popular) months.

Key cruising areas: Patmos is one of the most northern islands in the Dodecanese, so presents an excellent starting point for a charter in the region. If you would like to stay in the area there are many small bays and coves around Patmos to drop anchor and enjoy swimming in the tranquil sea, and the small nearby islands of Leipsoi, Arkoi and Stroggilo are just a short sail away for day trips.

Don't miss: Head to Profitis Ilias, the highest point on Patmos to watch the sunset. Not only does this offer the best views of the island but there is also the Chapel of Profitis Ilias at the top of the hill, a tiny church to visit.

Best spots for wining and dining: Beneto is an elegant, romantic place for dinner that overlooks the Aegean sea and is nestled on a locally-owned farm. For after-dinner drinks, head to Astivi in Old Town Chora to soak up the late-night atmosphere and sip on cocktails under the stars. 

Best local dish: As with many islands in Greece, much of the local cuisine includes fish or lobster caught by fishermen and freshly cooked that evening. For a local snack, try Patmiotiki, a Patmos traditional cheese pie.

Local culture: Mysticism and religion have defined the island of Patmos. Saint John was exiled here for his beliefs in the first century AD and following his apocalyptic vision, the island became a sacred place of pilgrimage for thousands of Christians. 

Best beach: A sandy beach nestled between rocks, Psili Ammos’ clear waters makes it one of the most popular beaches on the island. There is a canteen on the beach that operates during the summer months so you can grab a drink or snack while you’re there. For something more secluded, visit ​​Diakofti beach. 

IYC recommends: The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian is a must-visit while on the island. Its library contains hundreds – if not thousands – of years of history. Built in 1088, the Monastery still holds church services that are exceptional to behold.

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