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The fortified Monastery of Saint John and Hora (250 metres above sea level) from off the east coast.
|Although the highest hill on Patmos, Profitis Ilias, is only 269 metres high, and few others reach 200 metres, as can be seen in the above photo, many of the island's slopes are very steep. This can make hiking and cycling challenging, especially during the hot summer months.
Although the direct distances between places on the island are short, roads and paths often zig-zag up the steep slopes, greatly adding to the distances you have to travel.
Many people visiting for the first time look at the map of the tiny island and believe it will be just a short stroll from, say Skala up to Hora and the Monastery of Saint John (a "mere" 2.5 km away "as the crow flies" and 250 metres uphill) or to the top of Profitis Ilias, and are then surprised how strenuous and time-consuming it turns out to be.
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A bit of a swell on the Aegean Sea off the coast of Patmos.
|The only way to get to Patmos is by boat, and for most of us this means by ferry. Crossing the Aegean on one of the smaller ferries can be a bit of an up-and-down experience. While on calm days the sea can sometimes be as smooth as glass, when the local Meltemi wind starts blowing in summer it can get quite rough. In winter there are ferocious storms which make sailing in small boats unfeasible.
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