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The island of Patmos was only on rare occasions mentioned by ancient authors in their works. The Karians are supposed to have been its pre-historic inhabitants. The name Patmos is generally believed to be related to the word Latmos, which is the name of a mountain in the area of Karia, a land located opposite Patmos in Asia Minor, where goddess Diana was particularly worshipped.
It was in that era that Patmos was first settled by the Dorians and then by the Ions. It is said that Orestis, the mythological hero who was persecuted by the Furies for having killed his mother Clytaemnestra, sought refuge in Patmos together with the people of Argos.
 
     
 
 
     
     
     
  The walls of the 6th and 4th centuries BC pertaining to the ancient acropolis, located on top of the Castelli hill, indicate the location of the ancient city. Judging by the well-preserved remains it has been inferred that within the acropolis there had been the temple of god Apollo and Dionysous as well as the hippodrome. Old cemeteries, fragments of vessels, engravings on relief, inscriptions, tombstones and other sculptures either scattered or inlaid in walls of Christian orthodox churches bear witnesses to the prosperity of ancient Patmos. Throughout the first years of antiquity goddess Diana was particularly worshipped in Patmos and she was believed to be the protector of the island. Under the domination of the Romans the island was reduced to decadence. It was abandoned and was solely used as an exile land.  
     
 
Chora:
A medieval settlement around Saint John's monastery. This unique settlement with the white houses typical of the Aegean Sea islands is the heart of Patmos and it attracts visitors from the four corners of the earth. Chora is full of quaint little restaurants and cafes, beautiful little shops and grocers' and constitutes a small society on its own right. The settlement of Chora is connected with the rest of the island by bus and taxi services, or through the old path that leads visitors to the port in about 20 minutes.

Scala:
Scala is the capital of Patmos and the biggest settlement on the island. It has a picturesque little port with many restaurants, cafes and all kinds of shops. The variety of bars, clubs and open- air cafes make night- life on the island very interesting.
The hotels and rooms to let are located in the quiet rear part of Scala and along the beach.
Scala is connected with the rest of the island by means of bus, taxi and little boats offering daily trips to quiet beaches and nearby islands.

 
     
     
 

Grikos:
An idyllic fishing settlement, about5 kilometers from the port of Scala, built on the captivating bay of Grikos, with the intriguing "Kalikatsou" rock where hermits lived for centuries. The old square commands a romantic view to multi-colored fishing boats and little tavernas serving traditional delicacies any moment during the day. Isolated beaches lined with shadowy trees, and deck- chairs and umbrellas in certain parts, render this place ideal for relaxation holidays.
For those who seek the excitement of action there are also aquatic sports options.
Grikos is connected with every part of the island by bus and taxi services or by old paths leading to Chora and Scala.

Kambos:
A rural settlement about 5,5 kilometers away from Scala, built on a sandy coastline and larded with white houses typical of the Aegean Sea islands. It is an un-spoilt piece of land inhabited by fishermen and farmers living side by side. There is a multitude of good tavernas in the square and along the beach and there is a small general store where one can buy anything. Shady trees and deckchairs along the beach offer visitors the necessary comfort and aquatic sports are also available for those who need physical exercise.
Kambos is connected with Scala by bus and taxi throughout the day.

 
 

 

 
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
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