04 November 2021
Second time round
On our last visit to Patmos we had to moor Mediterranean style – stern to – on the quay which was rammed with other visiting yachts. This time, we arrived to find only one other yacht on the quay and we enjoyed the luxury of being moored alongside. Over the few days we stayed there were no more than 5 other yachts. Very nice thank you .
Patmos is a significant Christian pilgrimage island. Its Cave of the Apocalypse is where John of Patmos (St John the Theologian) is said to have written the Book of Revelations. High on the hill is the 11th century monastery dedicated to the saint and overlooks the whitewashed houses of the village of Hora – the islands capital. Due to its spiritual character, the island plays host to many religious festivals and feasts.
On our previous visit to Patmos we took the bus up to Hora and visited the monastery and wandered the beautiful alleyways. On this occasion, we hired a scooter and explored other parts of the island as well as revisiting Hora. This time we had the whole place to ourselves. We wandered the alleyways and did not encounter another human being – the tourist season is well and truly over. We returned in the evening for supper in the only taverna that was open to experience the fantastic view at night time.
Our exploration on the scooter rewarded us with some beautiful bays and beaches. We hadn't realised there were so many and made a mental note of them along with a promise to visit again so that we may enjoy them on Stiletto.
Patmos is also a big stop for cruise ships. We've not encountered any for the past 2 years until early one morning a very loud horn announced the arrival of Le Bouganville which docked and spilled its contents onto the small town. We kept our distance.
Andreas was as ever, busy taking photos. The ones he took as we walked around Hora are so captivating I have posted many individually. Enjoy.
Muse for this post: If you're in love with a Greek, raise your glass. If you're not raise your standards !!!