Countryside tour with Chora and the Grotto of Apocalypse
The lovely island of Patmos is a UNESCO World Heritage Monument. Our panoramic excursion begins in the port of Skala, heading to the centre of the island and the capital of Chora.
Here we see the Monastery of St John the Evangelist and visit the Grotto of the Apocalypse. This is where, according to the biblical account, Jesus spoke to John and told him of the Apocalypse.
It is mentioned in the Book of Revelation, the last book of the Christian Bible. It’s no surprise then that many people make their way to Patmos each year for pilgrimage.
In the central area of Chora we find the silent windmills which stand sentry-like over the capital.
Our tour continues as we head to some of the more desolate landscapes of the island, typical of the Dodecanese. Rocky hills, barren soil and promontories jutting into the sea creating dozens of coves and bays making up an intricate coastline.
Here you might reflect on the legend of how the island lay at the bottom of the sea and how Zeus was prevailed upon to allow it to rise from the water. Which he did.
We end our exploration back at Skala.
Coffee and other refreshments await you at the atmospheric cafe Arion.