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The most northwestern of the Dodecanese Islands, the Municipality of Patmos belongs to the Regional Unit of Kalymnos and, according to the 2011 census, has 3,045 permanent residents. It comprises the island of Patmos (2,998 inhabitants), the island complex of Arkioi (44 inhabitants), the islet of Marathi (5 inhabitants), and uninhabited islets such as Hiliomodi, Tragonissi, Aghia Thekla and Aï-Yiorgis. The Municipality’s total area is 45.04km2 (17.39 sq.mi.), of which 34.14km2 (13.15 sq.mi.) correspond to the island of Patmos itself.

Patmos, one of the smallest inhabited islands of the Aegean, is situated to the south of Samos, the southeast of Ikaria and the northwest of Leros and lies at a distance of 25 miles form the Turkish shores. It has a maximum N-S length of 16km (10 miles) and a maximum E-W breadth of 9.6km (6 miles), and a shoreline measuring 62.4km (38.77 miles). It is composed of three landmasses joined together by two isthmuses, the highest point being the hill of Profitis Ilias (Prophet Elijah) (269m or 883ft above sea level).

A volcanic island, its outline presents an impressive succession of beaches, gulfs, bays, coves, capes and rocks with curious shapes, while the hinterland is characterized by sharp altitudinal upsurges at its two extremes, rocky hills, lower levels, valleys and small plains, often at the gulfs’ end.

From the picturesque yet tourist visitor’s arrival resort, Skala, which is the harbor of Patmos and the biggest settlement of the island, to the town, Campos, Grikos and other corners of the island, the visitor can enjoy in each of his turnings the blue view of the Aegean and reveal all the unique images of natural beauty Patmos promises to offer.

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History

The first testimonies and reports of Patmos are dated back to the era of the great historian Thucydides on the 5th century, while according to the mythology, when Orestes was