Patmos, is a religious center of global attention thanks to the Cave of the Apocalypse and the Monastery of Patmos, but not only this. Patmos is an interesting travel destination for holidays other than those usually offered by the Aegean islands, as it combines a beautiful natural environment and mild tourist development.
The island has probably been inhabited since prehistoric times, and it went through the same changes as the rest of the Dodecanese. It paid tribute to Athens in the 5th century BC, belonged to the Macedonians in the 4th century BC, and was taken by the Romans in the 2nd century BC.
The Romans used Patmos as a place for exiles, and that’s how St. John ended up here. He was ostracized from Miletus by the Roman governor for preaching the Christian faith in AD95, and stayed here for two years. The island was practically deserted during Byzantine years and was given to a monk named Christodoulos in 1088, and he started planning the monastery.
In the 11th century the work on the monastery started, and its power was to extend over the island’s borders, to such a degree that the island was never occupied by neither Turks nor Venetians. The only attacks came from pirates now and again.
In 1912 the island was invaded by Italian forces, and liberated in 1948.
Patmos is known as the “Island of the Apocalypse” and attracts tourists from all over the world just for this reason. However, it is a very picturesque island, with traditional white houses, crystal blue waters, vibrant nightlife and gastronomic surprises.
Greek restaurants or taverns (tavernas) are divided in different categories depending on the type of food that each specializes in or the way the food is prepared. Due to over demand for classic Greek dishes these categories have disappeared over the years and most taverns serve all types of food. If a tavern does specialize in something it will be listed. These are the categories.