The southernmost group of Greek islands offers visitors a diverse range of experiences. With little known places of outstanding natural beauty, well preserved medieval settlements and rural communities that maintain deeply-rooted customs and traditions, the Dodecanese exude a timeless energy and an almost surreal serenity. Strategically located in the eastern Aegean, the islands share the varied history of a region coveted by Romans, Crusaders, Venetians and Ottomans, resulting in a remarkable cultural and architectural legacy.
Patmos, where St. John is said to have written the Book of Revelation, perhaps not unsurprisingly has a distinctly uplifting spiritual vibe. But in addition to the often spectacular reminders of its religious importance, the island has a traditional Dodecanese architectural style, stunning mountain vistas and tiny coves, which hold a strong allure also for the more worldly. Highlights include the main town of Hora, built around the imposing Monastery of St. John, the Cave of the Apocalypse, as well as excellent fish and seafood.