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The islands that often comprise Greece tours encompass a wide variety of shapes, sizes and landscapes. There are some famous names included in the Greek archipelago, but there are some islands that may not get as much of the spotlight as destinations such as Santorini or Mykonos. Among these is the island of Patmos, which sits in the easternmost reaches of Greece and stands at just over 13 square miles. Despite its small size, there is plenty to Patmos - you just need to know where to look.
Stop in Skala
Because it is so far removed from the mainland, Patmos often has a reputation for being remote and isolated. While that may be true in a literal sense, a trip to Skala proves that it is just as thriving as some of the more heavily populated islands. An active harbor town, Skala is home to a number of intriguing destinations. One of its most famous landmarks is the Church of Agia Paraskevi of Cavos, which dates back to the 17th century. The ruins of an ancient acropolis are also built on the island. Before leaving, make sure to pay a visit to one of the many taverns, bars and cafes that line the streets.
Hike up to Hora
??Patmos is renowned for its natural beauty, and Hora is home to some of the best views on the island. A little less than 2 miles southwest of Skala, this hill-top village has plenty to offer. The highlight of Hora is the enormous Monastery of St. John, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that seemingly stands guard over the rest of the town. Additionally, the town's trademark whitewashed houses lend a unique view to a destination that's already one of a kind.
Hit the beaches
It wouldn't be a trip to a Greek island without relaxing on its beautiful beaches, and Patmos certainly has plenty to choose from. You can't go wrong with Kambos Beach, which is among the most popular stretches of coastline in the country. Aside from offering stunning coastal views, Kambos is perfect for all kinds of travelers, whether you want to relax in the sand or head out into the water for a swim.
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