Patmos, the sacred blue - white gem of the Aegean, has been a destination of unsurpassed natural beauty and idyllic atmosphere for a long time now. Being among the most picturesque Greek islands, it offers every visitor peaceful holidays, tranquility and inner balance. Its unique beaches, traditional villages and rich cultural heritage, constitute Patmos an ideal choice for travelers seeking retreats with a refined ambience.
The island, which is home to the Holy Cave of the Revelation, is well known as a religious destination, a site of pilgrimage. Religion is so profoundly embedded in the local psyche that it has now become part of the island’s tradition, merged with its history and given birth to legends, even relating to its geography.
A characteristic example is «Petra Kallikatsou», in the gorgeous bay of Groikos. According to the myth, a young girl tempted by the beauty of the sea, wanted to take a dip in its waters. Her mother forbade it because the girl had just partaken of Holy Communion. However, the girl insisted, raising the ire of her mother who railed furiously at her disobedient daughter and laid a curse upon her own flesh and blood: «Τouch the water and you will turn to stone.» Thus, according to local folklore, the rocky formation of «Kallikatsou» was created, standing as an eternal warning against disobedience and folly.
As for the word «Kallikatsou», it stands for what islanders often call a sea crow, a black seabird that looks like a cormorant, nesting on the rock.
Besides tradition, however, the rock is an area of great geological and archaeological significance. It is a volcanic formation, created four million years ago, at a time when there was intense volcanic activity in the region. From an archaeological point of view, findings reveal that the rock had been inhabited since 1100 BC, while later that it was an open air sanctuary, possibly devoted to Aphrodite. Following this, the rock was used as a retreat by Christian monks who stayed there up until the 14th century AD.
Groikos bay, which is home to this remarkable rock, is deservedly considered to be amongst the most beautiful bays of the world. Patmos Aktis Suites and Spa, a luxurious five star hotel, only a few feet away from the enchanting beach, is ready to offer you hospitality to the highest standards, always in harmony with the unique, tranquil and refined character of Patmos.
The island of Patmos is famous among Christians and constitutes a universal location of pilgrimage and religious interest. All of these features create an exquisite blend, attracting sophisticated and experienced travelers who instantly turn into loyal, returning visitors.