Rolling in the deep
While in Patmos, you will have the chance to explore a wide variety of beaches with incomparable beauty, mainly due to the unique natural environment which is dominant across the island. On the eastern side of the island you may swim in organized beaches such as «Kampos» and «Agriolivado», while in the southern part of the island you should not miss visit «Psili ammos» and Petra beach, right next to the picturesque bay of Grikos.
The sandy beach of Grikos looks like a lagoon. Once you arrive, you face an unbeatable combination: the island Tragonisi straight ahead, located right across the bay protecting it from winds and Petra on your right, (known as «Kalikaltsou» for locals) a fierce rocky statue resting on the sea. Its coast is the longest of the island; it offers natural shade -due to the aligned tamarisk trees- and natural turquoise waters. It is ideal for boat rides along its coast or long pauses, with a water depth of 2 meters.
Petra beach is organized, has umbrellas, sunbeds and a wooden canteen. A popular nudist beach begins after a certain point (called Plaki), with pebbles and some natural shade.
The beach is covered with gorgeous colorful pebbles. The name of the beach (meaning shiny in Greek) got its name from the blinding shine of the sunlight as it is reflected by the countless colorful pebbles, clearly seen through the crystal clear sea. The beach is found on the way to Kampos. Lambi beach is also popular for its traditional tavern, offering fresh fish.
Psili ammos is located in the southwest part of the island and is accessible from «Diakofti» area, where boats are manufactured and distributed worldwide. Following the path of a downhill dirt road, it takes plenty of walking in order to be reached. After an approximate 25 minute walk, you will finally reach this lovely beach. Considered to be Patmos finest, with the softest sand, tamarisk trees and clear blue waters, it is accessible only on foot or by boat. Psili ammos is suitable for determined explores or those who seek for complete relaxation.
It is considered the coldest beach on the island. It's one of the most quiet and easily accessible beaches in Patmos. Vaya is located 7 km from Skala, right after the village of Kampos.
Meloi beach is located only two kilometers (about 15 minutes walking) away from the port of Skala and is very popular for those who don 't feel like going far. A sandy beach with tamarisk trees offering natural shade, where you may also find a traditional tavern and a pier.
Situated about 1.5 km from Skala, it is formed by a long sandy beach with small pebbles, found on the way to Kampos. It is ideal for young children since the water is shallow and warm, compared to the other beaches in Patmos. When on the beach, you notice Agia Thekla Island - an island that got its name from the chapel found there.
Κampos beach is among the most popular on the island, as it is organized and offers umbrellas, bars, taverns and water sports. The sea is shallow and quite warm while the coast is mainly sandy, including pebbles and tamarisk trees for those seeking natural shade.
Livadi Geranou is located on the side of Κampos, almost at the finishing point of Patmos. Also known as Livadi Ntelapothitou, it is actually a sandy beach with calm waters, as it is protected from winds by the little island seen there. The islands' name is Agios Georgios (Saint George) and on the island, you may notice the small chapel of Agios Georgios (Saint George). Livadi Geranou took its name from the church Panagia Geranou found a bit further from the beach. This church is rumored to be a spot where Turks sharpened their swords.
This is a small secluded beach with pebbles. You get there by following the left side from the village of Kampos. Livadi Kalogiron, apart from the beach, also offers an idyllic rural aspect of Patmos and unobstructed views of Samos Island.
Other beaches worth visiting
Twin beaches or Linginou beach, is actually one beach that consists of two identical coves.Lefkes beach (in the northern part of the island, right across Ikaria) where you meet the most fertile area of Patmos, in a cultivated valley. Aspri beach, actually a secluded bay near Skala. Diakofti beach, at the narrowest part of the island (only 200 meters), formed in a beautiful landscape. Finally, beaches such as Apollou, Alikes, Sapsila, Loukakia, Agios Theologos are also among your options.