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Located in the Aegean Sea, the Greek island of Patmos is part of the Dodecanese group of islands. It is one of the most northerly islands in the Dodecanese and lies just off the west coast of Turkey. Patmos' capital is the town of Chora and its port is in the town of Skala. The island, which is also known as the "island of the Apocalypse" is popular with tourists from around the world. However, there is more to the island than this. It is a pretty island with traditional whitewashed houses, crystal clear waters, excellent food and a thriving nightlife.
The Cave of the Apocalypse, a major visitor attraction, is reputedly to have been the cave where Saint Ioannis heard the voice of God and wrote the Apocalypse. In the cave, visitors can see the cross engraved by Saint Ioannis along with three small cracks on the rock through which the voice of God came, symbolising the Holy Trinity.
Patmos is connected by ferry to Piraeus, the other islands of the Dodecanese, and also with other islands of the Aegean Sea, like Samos and Ikaria. The ferry from Piraeus takes about 7 hours to reach the port of Patmos. The journey to the nearby islands of the Dodecanese take about 1-1.5 hours, while the trips from Ikaria or Samos take a little longer.
The small Greek island of Agathonisi is one of the most northerly of the Dodecanese islands. The island's population is only around 200 and its land area is only around 14 sq. km and has a coast line of about 32 km. There are three main towns on the island, Aghios Georgios, Megalo and Mikro Chorio and are all well known for the lovely traditional architecture of there houses and for their beautiful gardens. Along with its neighbouring islands, Agathonisi has an important ecosystem that is home to many rare bird species and is part of a protected area.
Ferries from the island depart to destinations including Patmos, Leros, Leipsoi, Samos and Chios. Crossing times vary depending on destination, route and whether or not a conventional ferry or high speed ferry is taken. Some destinations can take up to 11 hours to reach from Agathonisi.