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Patmos Island, Greece:

Few places on earth can match the extraordinary combination of features that draw people to the island of Patmos. Here is one of the best-kept secrets of international tourism: an island increasingly sought out by sophisticated travelers in search of a truly restful holiday. Patmos' main village, Hora, is one of the most picturesque villages of the Aegean and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while the neighboring tiny islands offer magical spots for a day cruise that will enchant even the most demanding visitor.

It is certainly no accident that in 2009 Patmos was ranked by Forbes Magazine as the #1 Most Idyllic Place to Live in Europe, or that in the same year Patmos was featured in New York Times' T-Magazine's cover, receiving raving reviews in the magazine's feature story! The Monastery of St. John and the Cave of the Apocalypse are only part of the reason that the island is arguably one of the most spiritual locales in all of Greece. Whether because of its location off the main tourist routes or its preservation of traditional ways of life, Patmos exudes a special serenity that will appeal to people no matter what their spiritual leanings.

The Weather on Patmos Island

Reaching Patmos

For years, sophisticated travelers have been coming to Patmos to enjoy its fine restaurants, beaches, and quiet Greek island beauty. Patmos, frequently serving as the private get-away of Greek and foreign VIPs, has been left untouched by unwarranted modern-day growth and has been protected against mass tourism. It is this subdued atmosphere that pervades the island and provides for the most powerful ingredient of its attraction. Patmos does not have an airport. Please review the following options for the most efficient transition to the island.

Getting to Patmos by ferry from Piraeus (Athens harbor):

You may travel to Patmos by boarding a ferry boat from the Port of Piraeus in Athens, for a total travel time estimate of 7 hours. Daily ferry boat transfers from the Piraeus Port are available during April-October. For further information please contact the following ferry boat company:

  • Blue Star Ferries

Luxurious Ferry Boat Company. 
The company caters to the port of Piraeus, Patmos, Leros, Kos, Rhodes, Syros, Amorgos (Katapola port), Kalymnos, Astypalaia, Lipsi, Nisiros, Tilos, Simi and Kastelorizo Duration of trip: Roughly 8-9 hours Website: http://www.bluestarferries.com

  • Hellenic Seaways

The largest Hellenic Maritime Company.
The company caters to the ports of Piraeus, Paros, Naxos, Patmos, Ikaria (St. Kirikos & Eydilos port), Fournoi, Samos (Karlovasi & Vathi port), Chios, Syros, Mytilini, Lemnos and Kavala. Duration of trip: Roughly 8-9 hours Website: https://hellenicseaways.gr/en/


Getting to Patmos by flying to a nearby island and catching a boat connection:

Catching a flight to the nearby islands of Kos, Leros, Kalymnos, or Samos and connecting to Patmos by boat is the preferred way of traveling to the island for many Patmos visitors. The flight from Athens to a nearby island lasts roughly 45 minutes, and the transfer from the nearby island to Patmos lasts between 1-3 hours.

If you select this option, we recommend the following routes in priority order, taking into account comfort, variety of transfer options, and risk for disruption based on windy weather conditions.

Option 1 (Recommended): Fly to Kos either by charter flight from your country or by commercial Aegean or Olympic Air flights out of the Athens airport, and then catch a Dodekanisos Seaways catamaran, or Blue Star Ferry to Patmos. Scheduling your arrival time on Kos in the morning will ensure your transfer to Patmos on the same day.

Advantages of Option 1: Dodekanisos Seaways catamarans and Blue Star ferries are not as susceptible to windy weather conditions, therefore transit to Patmos is almost always ensured on a daily basis. Multiple scheduled boat transfers are available to Patmos daily, and availability on Aegean or Olympic airlines flights is easy to obtain.

Disadvantages of Option 1: The transit from Kos to Patmos by boat is roughly 3-5 hours, depending on the boat company but we believe that the benefits outweigh the slightly longer transit time vs. riskier transit options through other islands. Please note that local boat connections may not be announced until the very last minute. We strongly encourage you to contact the hotel for clarification regarding inter-island transfer schedules.

Option 2: Fly to Leros or Kalymnos by commercial Aegean or Olympic Air flights out of the Athens airport, and then catch a Dodekanisos Seaways catamaran. Scheduling your arrival time on Leros or Kalymnos in the morning will ensure your transfer to Patmos on the same day.

Advantages of Option 2: Dodekanisos Seaways catamarans are not as susceptible to windy weather conditions, therefore transit to Patmos is almost always ensured. Transit to Patmos is roughly 1-2.5 hours depending on the port of departure.

Disadvantages of Option 2: It is hard to obtain airline availability for those two islands, since airplanes are typically 17-seaters. 

Please note that local boat connections may not be announced until the very last minute. We strongly encourage you to contact the hotel for clarification regarding inter-island transfer schedules.

Option 3: Fly to Samos either by charter flight from your country, if available, or by commercial Aegean or Olympic Air flights out of the Athens airport, and then catch a ferry to Patmos. Scheduling your arrival time on Samos in the morning will ensure your transfer to Patmos on the same day.

Advantages of Option 3: Samos has ferries departing from two ports (Karlovasi & Vathi) and hence it is easier for guests to combine their flight arrival with a departing ferry.

Disadvantages of Option 3: Only ferries depart from Samos and hence the transit time at roughly 2,5 hours is longer than taking a hydrofoil.


Relevant Transfer Providers Contact Information:

  • Aegean Air

(Airline servicing Athens-Leros, Athens-Samos, Athens-Kos, Athens-Kalymnos)
http://www.aegeanair.com

  • Olympic Airways

(Airline servicing Athens-Leros, Athens-Samos, Athens-Kos, Athens-Kalymnos)
http://www.olympic-airways.com

  • Dodecanisos Seaways

(Catamaran company servicing Patmos, Leros, Kalymnos, Kos and Rhodes)
http://www.12ne.gr

  • Blue Star Ferries

(Ferry boat company servicing Piraeus, Patmos, Leros, Kos, Rhodes, Syros, Amorgos (Katapola port), Kalymnos, Astypalaia, Lipsi, Nisiros, Tilos, Simi and Kastelorizo
http://www.bluestarferries.com

  • Hellenic Seaways

The company caters to the ports of Piraeus, Paros, Naxos, Patmos, Ikaria (St. Kirikos & Eydilos port), Fournoi, Samos (Karlovasi & Vathi port), Chios, Syros, Mytilini, Lemnos and Kavala.
https://hellenicseaways.gr


Reaching the Petra Hotel & Suites:

Conveniently located in Grikos, a picturesque and serene seaside village away from the tourist crowds, the Petra Hotel & Suites is only a five-minute (4.5 km or 2 miles) car ride away from the Skala Harbor, a five-minute car ride (4 km or 1.8 miles) from Chora, the island's capital, and a 70 meter (200 feet) walk from Grikos Beach. Some of our guests enjoy taking walks from Grikos to various locations on the island, which is only 13 km (or 8 miles) long. Our travel desk gladly assists guests by renting cars and motorbikes, or by calling taxis.


Driving Directions to the Petra Hotel & Suites:

As you arrive at the Patmos harbor, please take a left and follow the road to Grikos. At the Grikos intersection, located approximately 4.5 km (or 2 miles) away from the harbor, please pay attention to the road signs and take a right towards Chora. In about 100 meters (300 feet), please take a left on the side street towards Petra. Driving on for another 100 meters (300 feet), you will find the Petra Hotel situated on the right hand side.

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