The tiny island of Patmos is located in the Aegean Sea just south of the island of Samos and north of Leros, close to the Turkish coast.
One of the most northerly of the Dodecanese islands it might almost be classed, like neighbouring Samos, as one of the Aegean group.
Patmos is small enough to allow the visitor to stand in the island's central hilltop Chora and see almost all its many indented bays.
Patmos has history - St John was exiled here in a cave where he reputedly wrote the Book of Revelations. The cave is now a popular pilgrimage site.
Although small, the island has plenty of attractive scenery as well as several good beaches and all but a few are reached relatively easily.
The main port at Skala, with the Chora above, neatly splits the island north and south. The combination of a deep water port at Skala and the religious attractions of the hillside Chora make Patmos a favourite stop for cruise ships that often berth at Skala's long quayside.
The main Patmos beaches are found on the eastern shore, both north and south from Skala, and most are set in deeply indented bays with islets offshore that lend them a romantic air.
At just 12km long, anywhere is just about walkable from the main port of Skala. A car will get you to most of the island beaches and the roads, although narrow, are generally good.