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 beauty, like a stone statue resting on the sea. Its coast is the longest of the island; it offers natural shade from the aligned tamarisks and natural turquoise waters. It is ideal for boat rides along its coast or just tying in a pier, 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 Plaka, 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, reflecting on the stones and the crystal clear waters of the bay. The beach is found on the way to Campos. Lambi beach is also well known for those who prefer fresh fish.
Psili ammos beach is located in the southwest part of the island and is accessible from the boatyard of the beach «Diakofti», where boats are manufactured and distributed worldwide. After a 20 minute walk, you reach Psili ammos beach, which is considered among the finest in Patmos, since it has soft sand, tamarisk trees and clear blue sea. Accessible only on foot, Psili ammos is suitable for determined explores since it takes plenty of walking through a downhill dirt road, in order to be reached.
It is said that the beach in Vagia is the coldest on the island! It is one of the most quiet and easily accessible beaches of Patmos. Vaya is located 7 km from Skala, right after the village of Campos.
Meloi beach is located only two kilometers (about 15 minutes walking) away from the port of Skala and is very popular to those who do not have any form of transportation. It is a sandy beach with tamarisk trees offering shade, where you may also find a traditional tavern and a pier.
It is situated about 1.5 km from Skala, it is formed by a long sandy beach with small pebbles and it is found on your right, on the way to Campos. It is ideal for small children since the water is shallow and warm, compared to the other beaches of Patmos. In front of the beach, you see Ayia Thekla Island, an island that got its name from the chapel found there.
South Campos beach is among the most popular on the island, as it is organized and offers umbrellas, a bar, 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 last point of Patmos, at the side of Campos. You will find Mother Crane’s church, found at the last point of Patmos, where Turks were rumored to have sharpened their swords.
This is a small secluded beach with pebbles. You get there by following the left junction to the village of Campos. Livadi Kalogirou, apart from the beach, also offers an idyllic rural picture of Patmos Island and unobstructed views of Samos.
Other beaches worth visiting
Twin beaches or Linginou beach, which is actually one beach that consists of two identical coves. Lefkes beach (in the northern part of the island, right across from Ikaria) where you meet the most fertile part of Patmos, in a cultivated valley. Aspri beach, essentially a secluded bay near Skala. Diakofti beach, at the narrowest part of the island (only 200 meters), in a beautiful landscape. Finally, beaches such as Apollou, Alikes, Sapsila, Loukakia, Theologian and Livadi Ntelapothitou (a sandy beach with little gravel and a calm sea, protected by St. George, an island right across, where there is a homonymous chapel).