AGRIOLIVADI (Beach) PATMOS
Agriolivadi is approximately 1.5 km from Skala. It has a long sandy beach with small pebbles. Sun beds and water sports are available. It also has a taverna and a beach bar. Its mainly shallow waters make it ideal for toddlers and the water is warmer than in most other beaches around the island.
There are some nice little coves at the northern part of the beach which are accessible only by boat or you can rent paddle boats and paddle there but only in good weather because the currents do get strong as soon as you reach the end of the cove.
Agia Thekla (Saint Thekla) is a little island opposite the cove. It is named after the church that was built on it. There is also a nice beach at the rocky island for those who can paddle out to it.
Grikos bay is situated southeast of the island. It is approximately 4.5 km from the port in Skala.
The road runs parallel to the coast making walking to and from Skala very beautiful and popular especially for joggers.
The bus stops by several times a day leaving you 50 meters from the beach.
Grikos is a popular settlement during summer because it is more quiet than most towns around the island especially during high season (august).
Its beach is the longest of the island with crystal clear waters and tamarisk trees for shade. Tragonissi (“ram island”) populated only by goats and a goat herder, faces the bay protecting it from bad weather (except SE winds) and making it perfect for yachts and boats to stop by or moor on the jetty that has a depth of 2 meters.
Most of Grikos has a view of Petra (or Kalikatsou as most locals know it) which is like a monument of Grikos.
Kato Kambos or Kambos beach is the most popular beach on the island, it is considered the place to be and be seen and is loved by families with young children for its shallow warm waters.
It is mainly a sandy beach with small pebbles. It offers taverns and cafes and is organized with sun beds, umbrellas and water sports.
There are also tamarisk trees for those who prefer natural shade.
The beach is exposed to S and SE winds but is still pleasant even when windy.
Lambi is renowned for its rare multicolored pebbles. There used to be hills of them but the pebbles are so beautiful it is hard to resist making a collection of them which means hills have been flattened out.
The word Lambi means shining and is derived from the sun reflecting against the beautiful stones and the clear waters of the bay.
There are usually boats (caiques) that leave from Skala around 10AM and take about an hour. Being on the north side of the island it is open to meltemi winds so boats are not always available for this location.
It's also a pleasant location for lunch and dinner. The taverns are on the beach and serve food in a peaceful atmosphere.
There are also the remains of the old settlement Platys Gialos and the church of the Transformation (Metamorphosis) which is from the 16th century and considered as one of the most important sanctuaries of the island.
This picturesque bay has become one of the most popular beaches on the island. It's a sandy beach with some small pebbles. Τhe water is almost always calm due to the protection offered by the facing island of Agios Giorgios (St.George) named after the small church that's on it.
The island is at a swimming distance with a small sandy beach that awaits you, but there is usually a draft and some extra effort is needed at some points (not recommended for the unfit).
It's 12 kilometres from Skala and about a 35 minute walk from the bus station on Kambos beach. To get there you take a right at the junction at the end of Kambos beach and go up the hill. Turn left at the top of the hill and after about 3 kilometres to your right is the down hill asphalt road that takes you to the beach.
There is a tavern there that supplies you with your basic needs.
Meloi beach is one of the closest beaches to the port of Skala.
Being only 2km away, it’s a 15-minute walk making it very popular with people who have no transportation. It’s a sandy beach with tamarisk trees for shade.
The islands camping site is only 20 meters away from the beach offering a popular restaurant and a mini market.
There is also a traditional Greek tavern and a dock for shallow mooring.
PATMOS (Island) DODEKANISSOS
Patmos, in the eastern Aegean Sea, is the northernmost island of the Dodecanese.
The morphology of the terrain is interesting: short, bare hills alternate with small stretches of flat ground. Its irregular coastline is punctuated with dozens of capes and indented with picturesque little bays and harbours. Although the climate is dry and north winds frequent, the island is bathed in sunlight 3000 hours out of every year.
Lying at a distance of 161 nautical miles from Piraeus, Patmos has an area of 34 square kilometres and measures 25 kilometres from tip to tip at its logest point.
This text (extract) is cited November 2003 from the Municipality of Patmos tourist pamphlet (2000).
Οι ντόπιοι ονομάζουν συχνά την Πέτρα Καλικατσού (είναι ένα είδος μικρού κορακιού - καλιακούδα, κάργια - που συνήθιζε να φωλιάζει εκεί).
Η διάσημη Πέτρα δεν έχει φιλοξενήσει μόνο κοράκια αφού την εποχή του Αγίου Χριστόδουλου ήταν ερημητήριο.
Χειροποίητες σκάλες, μια δεξαμενή νερού και ένα αποχετευτικό σύστημα είναι όλα ορατά και λειτουργούν ακόμη σήμερα.
Τα συναισθήματα όσων ανεβαίνουν στην κορυφή της Πέτρας είναι έντονα, αλλά διαφορετικά για τον καθένα. Ιδιαίτερη προσοχή χρειάζεται στην ανάβαση, ειδικά εάν είναι βράδυ.
Η παραλία της Πέτρας είναι οργανωμένη με ψάθινες ομπρέλες, ξύλινες ξαπλώστρες και καντίνα. Είναι μία φυσική παραλία από χοντρές πέτρες που ξεκινάει απο την Πέτρα και συνεχίζει προς το νότιο τμήμα του νησιού. Εκεί αρχίζει μια δημοφιλής παραλία γυμνιστών, το Πλακί, με βότσαλα και μικρές πέτρες και ενα αλμυρίκι για να σε ξεκουράσει απ’τον ήλιο.
Εκεί που τελειώνει το Πλακί ξεκινά μια σειρά μικρών κόλπων και παραλιών με βότσαλα, αρκετές από τις οποίες είναι δυσπρόσιτες.
Psili Amos is a sandy beach. It's a 20-30 minute walk or 40-60 minute boat ride from Skala. So it's not something people will do every day. It is especially crowded in high season (August) on Sundays, because of locals spending their day-off there and the tourists. The walk is over two hills and a small mountain on a well-trotted donkey track, so the chances of getting lost are unlikely. Walking there around midday should be avoided because it gets hot and tiring especially for the elderly, children and the unfit.
On windy days people spend their day playing with the waves that get around 0.5 to 1 meter high. On a calm day people will need a spray for the flies which can become a little annoying.
The beach is divided in half (unofficially). The furthest from the tavern is the nudist half. Although nudism is prohibited on this holy island, on some beaches it is tolerated. On the side of the tavern (which is the side you will be entering) you do not meet nudists.
There are also stone wind stoppers built by passing campers who camp under tamarisk trees. They have built six of these and many of them have been coming here for years. Some of them just come for Psili Amos and don't leave the beach until it's time for them to leave the island.
The beach is taken care of by a family that owns the tavern. The food is cooked with fresh ingredients, especially the goat-stew. For the people who plan to spend the night and want dinner, they need to inform the tavern to prepare enough portions.
Vaghia waters are said to be the coldest on the island. It is a pebble beach with tamarisks for shade and often quieter than most easily accessible beaches.
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