Patmos is revolutionizing eco-tourism by creating the Paths of Culture, a network of ancient footpaths that guide hikers and walkers around the island’s many cultural and natural sites. Clearly marked, you’ll enjoy walking or hiking your way across centuries’-old footpaths that give you a tour of Patmos’ many treasures while offering stunning views and a glimpse into how locals traveled in ages gone by.
Hike through lush pine and cypress forests to the Cave of the Apocalypse and the historic Patmiada Seminary which was founded in 1713 and became an important academic center. Take some time and explore Skala Town, built on a tiny strip of land connecting two almost separate parts of Patmos. Explore Skala’s police building – a perfect example of Italian architecture – as well as Neoclassical homes.
Skala – Kastelli Route:
If you love hiking and archaeology, this is the trail that will keep you intrigued. Trek to the top of the hill to explore the ancient city of Kastelli. Remains date back to the 3rdC BC, so explore the Hellenistic wall made of volcanic trachyte rock, Roman fortifications, and evidence of the local Temple of Apollo.
Get lost along the Aporthianos footpath that begins right at Patmos’ famous windmills at the very top of the highest hill in Hora Town. Make sure you take in the beauty of these stunning 16thC stone windmills that have been completely restored then follow the path up the mountain and take in awe-inspiring views of Patmos bay.
Hora - Grikos Bay - Petra – Diakofti Route:
Explore the stunning wetlands and unique ecosystem around Grikos and Petra. If you love getting your adrenalin rush while taking in nature’s treasures, follow the rugged footpath from Hora to Grikos Bay to Petra and Diakofti. The lake and wetlands here are a protected site where a vibrant ecosystem of wild ducks, swans and heron seek refuge. Make it a point to explore a unique rock formation that also played a pivotal role in Patmos’ history – Petra tis Kallikatsou, or Kallikatsou Boulder contains a number of caves used for worshipping gods in Antiquity and were then inhabited by monks.
Stavros - Prasovouno - Psili Ammos Route:
If you’re an experienced hiker used to rugged unexplored trails, this route will become one of your favorites. This challenging landscape leads to a number of pristine natural wonders and will take you through a ravine, stunning cliffs and a lush forest.
Hora - Kipi - Holy Monastery of the Annunciation Route:
Hike through Patmos’ agricultural areas. Go at a more leisurely pace as you hike through lemon, orange and carob tree orchards, enchanting vineyards, and along an elevated path that snakes through countless wells.
As Patmos is a hilly, mountainous island, these routes offer avid hikers a real adrenalin high. Tour Patmos’ three mountains, without any routes to guide you, and you’ll feel like you’re on a true adventure. Genoupas Mountain and Hondro Vouno Mountain offer a number of lush landscapes for nature lovers, including small forests, herbal underbrush and a route through farmland that’s traditionally plowed using oxen. Then go up Profiti Ilias, the island’s highest peak, to admire the stunning view.
Jump in one of the many boats around Patmos harbor and sail to Arki Islets, a network of tiny islands that not only boast pristine exotic beaches but also a vital ecosystem. Hiking is the only way of touring these vital islets, so take in all the wild birds, lizards and flora that create a unique ecosystem around Patmos and the pristine habitat that offers them shelter. Don’t miss out on the island’s environmental research center on Arki Islet. Then hike along the coast to find secret coves perfect for swimming.