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Review of Walking in Patmos

Walking in Patmos
Ranked #5 of 19 things to do in Patmos
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 1 May 2014

"This is a man's retreat",said my femme when we anchored at the small mooring. The fortress monastery up on the hill is majestic,potent,seemingly sprung ready -formed from the rock. it has survived nine turbulent centuries intact,its dark,almost windless walls towering over the encircling white of the houses of Hora.

Despite the massive influx of cruise-ship passengers,over 150,000 of whom make the pilgrimage up from Skala to enter the monastery each year. having no airports,the island has been spared the excesses of modern tourism. recently wealthy outsiders have refurbished bought houses,turning Hora into a ghetto of good taste.

corsairs would have been the major visitors in days of yore because the massive defensive walls of St.John's Monastery seem immune to the passing centuries,as it lours over the Hora of Patinos with its attendant chapels.

2  Thank Eli B
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

I wish I could find the name of the church that was at the top of this hill...we had rented a car and were just exploring the island. We were on the south end of the island, and I saw a small road that looked like it was going up a very steep hill -- which it was! The road was very narrow, but fortunately we did not meet anyone coming down.

When arrived at a small parking lot at the top, finding only a motorcycle at there. It was a short climb to the church, which had a spectacular 360 degree view of the island. We were so high, we looked down on St.John's Monastery. There were some incredible views!

5  Thank RAMWashington
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

I've always done a lot of walking in Patmos, partly because the bus comes infrequently, but mainly because hiking peacefully over the hills with the monastery often in view, goat bells tinkling, and little churches and monasteries turning up in remote places makes for an uplifting experience. There are newly-marked and numbered walking paths, and a map is now available in the newspaper store near the main square. Of course, the best times for walking are earlyish morning, and late afternoon, when the sun begins to lower and there is a beautiful golden light that spreads over the hills.

9  Thank diiplo11
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

I took so many photos of the small streets, doors, views. You just keep wanting to walk up every lane way. You can't get lost just keep exploring.

4  Thank Lisa B
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

During peak season, the quay and commercial district of Skala swarm with day trippers souvenir-hunting and buying local snacks from confectioneries (there is a local type of cheese pie and a dessert called "poungi"). On the west side of Skala on the summit one can see the foundations of the island's ancient acropolis (Kastelli).
After sunset, Skala is a nice, not too crowded place to go on a stroll, with a few souvenir shops, cafes and tavernas to choose from, but don't expect to see any drunken crowds. Patmos is a quiet island with beautiful beaches, ideal for a relaxing, peaceful holiday.

4  Thank Christiana H
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