5th excursion (Architecture and Tradition of Patmos) (3.5 – 4 hours)
The tour in brief:
Cave of the Apocalypse (1 hour)
Traditional house (Simantiris)
Wandering in Chora (1 hour)
Traditional Tavern (Aloni)
Tour of the island (Groikos)
The first part of the trip is the visit to the Cave of the Apocalypse, where the beloved disciple of Jesus Christ, John, was exiled in 95 AD and found refuge in a Grotto located on the hill between Skala and Chora. St. John wrote the divinely inspired book of Revelation within two years.
Today, the visitor can see the place where the Apocalypse was written, the place where St. John layed down, the huge rock that was torn when God dictated the Apocalypse, the place where the Evangelist rested his head and the spot where he was placing his hand to help himself get up.
Leaving the Cave of the Apocalypse we continue upwards in the labyrinthine cobbled streets of Chora to the Simantiri Traditional house, where its first owner’s story resembles a fairy tale. Here we will be exposed to the interior of a traditional house that has remained intact for over 10 generations.
Then we will visit the 2 main squares, the Town Hall square and the cosmopolitan square, or Cretan square, where one might see celebrities enjoying their drink.
Our next stop will be the traditional tavern “Aloni”, where we will taste local delicacies and see Greek traditional island dances performed by local dancers.
We will continue to the southern part of the island and head to the picturesque settlement of Groikos, which has won international awards as one of the most beautiful bays in the world in 2010.
Finally, on the way back to the port we will see a plethora of picturesque bays and coves of the island and we will admire their natural beauty.