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For guests who Travel to Ephesus Area  with their rent a car we can provide  Guide Only services.Its a privilege that visiting Ephesus with a private guide and nobody can know Ephesus better than a local tour guide.This tour may start from Kusadasi, Izmir, Selcuk or Ephesus Area.
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  • Kusadasi is one of Turkey's principle holiday resorts, offers an excellent environment for an unforgettable holiday. Situated on the west coast of Turkey. Kusadasi, is reputed for one of the most attractive city of the Aegean, as it is close to the important historical sites including Ephesus, Didyma, Priene, Miletos-the principals of ancient times, and ideal for sightseers.
    Language is Turkish, but most of the locals know enough English.
    The currency is the Turkish Lira but Many shops and restaurants are to accept euros and dollars.
    The modern cruise port terminal, is located in the town of Kusadasi. The port provides access to seaside resorts and historic site , one of them is Ephesus. Ephesus is one of the best classical site in the eastern Mediterranean.Other interesting sites near Ephesus are The Church Of St.Jean,House of Virgin Mary, Tample of Artemis and Museum.
    If you've done Ephesus, there are additional ruins to see. Spend a day at Aphrodisias. Dating back to the third millennium B.C., it was home to residents who worshipped the goddess Aphrodite. As you may recall, she stands for all that concerns love and nature. The Roman Stadium is the best preserved ruin, and the lovely setting on an 1,800-foot plateau is a great place for a relaxed stroll.
    Another option is a brisk walk to Guversin Adasi (Pigeon Island), reachable via a causeway and topped by a small stone fort. There, you can stroll through scenic woodland to a hilltop cafe that offers snacks and alfresco lunch with a view.
    You can also spend the day at the Dilek Peninsula National Park, also called Milli Park, about 23 kilometers south of Kusadasi. Enjoy beaches, swimming, hiking, biking trails and strolls through forests. Just outside the park gates is Degirmen (Davutlar), a sprawling park and restaurant.

  • Ephesus In the ancient world
    Ephesus was a center of travel and commerce. Situated on the Aegean Sea at the mouth of the Cayster River, the city was one of the greatest seaports of the ancient world. Three major roads led from the seaport: one road went east towards Babylon via Laodicea, another to the north via Smyrna and a third south to the Meander Valley. Ephesus is one of the best preserved ancient Roman cities in the World. The antique city used to be the capital of Asia Minor; the most important commercial center of western Anatolia; one of the seven churches of Christianity in Asia Minor; the city where Saint Paul preached and stayed for his three years missionary.
    Temple of Artemis
    Considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, Ephesus' Temple of Artemis was dedicated to the goddess of the hunt. Only the foundation and one column remains of this temple which once measured 425 feet long, 220 feet wide and 60 feet high. Paul's successful ministry in this city was considered a threat to this very temple (Acts 19:27).
    Ephesus Library of Celsus
    Originally built in AD 115-25, this restored facade is a highlight of the ruins today. This style is believed to be the standard architectural form for Roman libraries. The interior measures 70 by 80 feet and held approximately 15,000 scrolls. This library was dedicated to Celsus the proconsul of Asia and his sarcophagus was located under the apse.
    Terrace Houses
    From the time of Augustus, these dwellings of wealthy Ephesians, were decorated with beautiful frescoes and mosaics. The houses had luxurious bedrooms, bathrooms, triclinium, and kitchens. Built against the mountain south of Ephesus, the roof of one house forms the terrace for the house above it. These houses were inhabited until the 7th century AD.
    Ephesus commercial agora
    This market area is known as the "Square Agora" because of its dimensions 360 feet square. It arose in the Hellenistic period and was surrounded on all sides by arched shops about 40 feet deep. It is located next to the harbor and was the city's main commercial center. It is quite possible that Paul worked here with Priscilla and Aquila in their tent-making business.
    Theater
    Originally holding 25,000 people, this theater was built in the Hellenistic period and was renovated by several Roman emperors. Designed for theatrical performances, later alterations allowed gladiatorial contests to be held here. When Paul was accused of hurting the Artemis and her temple, the mob gathered together in this theater (Acts 19:23-41).
  • Cappadocia is the name of the large region in the central of Anatolia covers five cities of Turkey or more specifically a smaller triangular area Urgup to Avanos and to Nevsehir. The strange but beautiful formation of Cappadocia has had this appearance for millions of years. When the volcanoes in the region were active, the lava which poured out covered all previously formed hills and valleys forming a high plateau. this newly formed plateau consısts mainly of tufa and some rare layers of basalt. The destruction of the tufa and the basalt layers by erosion (heavy rains and melting snow in spring) and sharp temperature changes has continued for thousands of years and is still in process today. The basalt is less affected by erosion when compared to the tufa and has served as a protective cover. These rock formations called fairy chimneys. There are also lots of rock cut churches in Cappadocia. Walls of these churches were covered with beautiful frescoes date from the 11C and 12C. Most beautiful examples of the churches in Göreme Open Air Museum.

    The most beautiful places worth to see in Cappadocia:

    Göreme Open Air Museum Cappadocia's most famous attraction, for good reason, is the Göreme Open Air Museum, a complex of medieval painted cave churches carved out by Orthodox monks.In the 4th century, Cappadocia became known as the "Land of the Three Saints" because of three remarkable theologians who are still collectively known as The Cappadocians: St. Basil the Great, his brother St. Gregory of Nyssa, and St. Gregory of Nazianzus contributed a great deal to Christian doctrine in general and Eastern Orthodox thought in particular. St. Basil was instrumental in developing Christian monasticism, of which these cave churches in his homeland are a product. The monastic complex at Göreme was carved out and decorated between 900 and 1200. There are over 10 cave churches in the Göreme Open Air Museum. Along with rectories, dwellings, and a religious school, they form a large monastic complex carved out of a roughly ring-shaped rock formation in the otherworldy landscape of Cappadocia.
    --St. Basil's Church (St. Basil kilisesi )
    St. Basil's Church has a rectangular nave with niches and three apses, separated from a narthex by arches. The narthex has tombs in the floor, which are open but covered with metal grating. Fresco subjects in this church include Christ, St. George, St. Basil and St. Theodore. The three Maltese crosses on the vault of the nave are believed to represent the Holy Trinity.
    --Apple Church ( Elmalı kilise )
    The frescoes of the Apple Church mostly date from the 11th century. The interesting name probably derives from a red orb held by St. Michael the Archangel in a fresco near the entrance, but an alternative theory is that an apple tree used to grow next to it. The frescoes depict saints and bishops, with a Last Supper including a large fish to the right of the altar.
    --St. Barbara Chapel
    This cruciform chapel with three apses is mostly decorated with simple figures and symbols in red paint on white plaster, making a sharp contrast with the colorful figures of most Göreme frescoes. They may have been painted shortly after the 8th-century iconoclastic controversy. A giant locust symbolizing evil on one wall opposes two crosses on the other, while a rooster representing the devil is battled with bricks representing the Church. Other strange creatures and shapes are more difficult to interpret. The figurative frescoes include Christ Pantocrator, St. George and the Dragon, St Theodore, and St Barbara.
    --Snake Church ( Yılanlı kilise )
    The Snake Church has a long nave with a low, barrel-vaulted ceiling. Among the frescoes are portraits of St. Theodore, St. George slaying the dragon again (it looks like a snake, for which the chapel is named), Emperor Constantine and his mother St. Helena, and St. Onuphrius. The last saint was an Egyptian hermit who lived near Thebes. In medieval art, including in this example, he is usually depicted with a long gray beard, wearing nothing but a fig leaf.
    --Dark Church ( Karanlık kilise )
    The Dark Church, so named for the little light that penetrates the interior, was used as a pigeon house until the 1950s. It took 14 years to scrape pigeon poo off the walls, but underneath were beautifully preserved 11th-century frescoes. Recently restored, the paintings of New Testament scenes and other subjects are considered the best-preserved frescoes in Cappadocia.
    --Sandal Church ( Carıklı kilise )
    This church is named for two footprints just inside the entrance, around which many legends have been woven. Suggestively, a fresco of the Ascension can be seen directly of above. The narthex of the church has collapsed; the nave has a cross plan with barrel vaults and 11th-century frescoes. The fresco subjects are New Testament scenes such as the Nativity, Adoration of the Magi, and the Baptism of Christ. The main cupola has a Christ Pantocrator with the Four Evangelists below; the other three cupolas are occupied by the angels Michael, Gabriel and Uriel. In the apse is a Deesis (Christ with Mary and John the Baptist), with an inscription next to Christ reading "I am the light of the world, who follows me will not be left in the dark." Around the altar are saints: Blaise, Gregory of Nazianzus, Basil, Chrysostom and Hypatius.
    --Nunnery
    The last sight within the museum complex near the exit is a remarkable rock-carved convent with six stories of tunnels, corridors, stairways and chambers. It housed as many as 300 nuns at any one time.
    --Buckle Church (Tokali Kilise)
    Just outside the museum exit on the right is the Buckle Church, the largest of the cave churches at Göreme. It can be entered with the same ticket as the main complex and should not be missed. The frescoes are also the finest in Göreme, with the richest colors and the most detail. It dates from the 10th and 11th centuries and was restored in the 1960s. The Buckle Church is comprised of four chambers, which are known as the Old Church, New Church, Paracclesion and Lower Church. The Old Church (10th century) has a single nave with a barrel vault. The frescoes give a comprehensive account of the life of Christ, from the Annunciation through the Baptism and Miracles and ending with the Passion, Resurrection and Ascension. The Transfiguration is painted over the entrance and the vault has portraits of saints.
    The Old Church now acts as a narthex for the New Church, which was added to the former's east side around 990-1010 AD. Its barrel-vaulted nave tells the story of Christ in deep red and blue hues.

    Kaymakli Underground City

    Ancient name was Enegup. Kaymakli people were built their homes around the underground city tunnels for security reason. Kaymakli underground city has 8 storey and 5000 peoples can live in it, 4 storey is open yet. The deepest point of the visit is under 20 meters. Kaymakli was built in around a main ventilation chimney. Ventilation system is so successful that not feel a problem even the fourth floor. Has all housing conditions for crowdy group temporary housing. There are rooms and halls connecting to each other with narrow corridor, wine tanks, water cistern, kitchen and food stores, ventilation chimneys, water wells, churches and large lock stones for any danger from out. Kaymaklı Underground City is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985.

    Derinkuyu Underground City

    The underground city of Derinkuyu which means "deep well", like Kaymakli, is one of the largest. It was opened in 1965. It is 70-85 m / 230-300 ft deep with 53 airshafts. The original ventilation system still functions remarkably well. It is not recommended that visitors having problems of claustrophobia or restricted movement go inside since there are many passageways where one has to squat. The first two floors under the surface housed a missionary school with two long rock-cut tables, baptismal place, kitchens, storehouses, living quarters, wine cellars and stables. Third and fourth floors were for the tunnels, places to hide and armories. The last floors had water wells, hidden passageways, a church and graves.

    Ihlara Valley

    Ihlara valley is a deep, narrow river gorge cut through the tufa by Melendiz River. The river running through the Ihlara valley at its lowest level is still contributing to the erosion of it. The valley runs for 20 km offering one of the most enjoyable trekking routes to the visitors. In the valley there are about 60 churches, monasteries and cells of anchorites. What makes the valley unique is the ancient history of its inhabitants.
    Due the valley's plentiful supply of water and hidden places, here was the first settlement of the first Christians escaping from Roman soldiers. In the Ihlara Valley there are hundreds of old churches in the volcanic rock caves. The most known churches are Ağaçaltı Church with cross plan, Sümbüllü Church, Pürenliseki Church, Kokar Church, Yilanli Church, Karagedik Church, Kirkdamatli Church, Direkli Church, Ala Church, Kemerli Church and Egritas Church.

    Uchisar Castle

    The view from the top of this extraordinary rock, with its height of 1350 meters above sea level is unforgettable as it offers a panoramic view of all of Cappadocia, including the magnificent Mount Erciyes.
    It is obvious from this location that Uçhisar was once an important strategic point. From the 5th century on during the Byzantine Period, this place was used as natural fortress for defense against Persian invaders. As time went on, more and more caves were hollowed out of the soft tuff as the people sought refuge here. In the rock-hewn churches they prayed for their lives. The gates, entrances and pathways of the kale were doubly and triply secured by heavy, round stones, which were rolled in front of the openings. These blocks had been cut directly out of the wall, and once closed from the inside, there was no chance for the intruders to force their way into the rooms (link underground cities). Despite all precautions, however, the kale would ultimately fall to the enemy, proving that even the strongest defense may in time prove vulnerable. The first changes
    After the Byzantine Empire began to decline in Anatolia it was summarily defeated by the Turkish Seljuks in the 11th century. The kale then fell into the hands of the Seljuks who proved to be enlightened rulers. Photo: Fairy Chimney in Cappadocia, TurkeyThe villagers stayed in their homes and accepted the new dynasty. Again, more houses were erected in front of the dwellings in the rock. Uçhisar continued to remain intact under later principalities and also under the rule of the far flung and powerful Ottoman Empire.

    Devrent Valley (Imagination Valley)

    This is a place to let your mind run free in a seemingly lunar landscape with rock formations that look like animals. The Devrent Valley, also known as Imagination Valley, has none of the cave churches, Byzantine frescoes or Roman citadel ruins that are famous throughout the rest of Cappadocia; but what it does have is an extraordinary landscape shaped by nature to make you laugh and wonder and explore. Between Avanos and Ürgüp, the valley is like a rock-formed zoo. Walk the trail and you'll see a landscape filled with snakes, camels, seals and dolphins and whatever else your mind chooses to make of the twisting curving rocks. Maybe even a dragon. There are also small fairy chimneys, the rock pillars so distinctive of Cappadocia.

    Pasabag Valley

    Formerly known as "Monks Valley", Pasabag is situated about 1 km from the Goreme-Avanos road. Many fairy chimneys with multiple sems and caps can be found here, this style being unique to this area. A chapel dedicated to St. Simeon, and a hermit's shelter is built into one such fairy chimney with three heads.
    St. Simeon was living in seclusion near Aleppo in the 5th century, when rumours that he worked miracles started to spread. Disturbed by all the attention, he began to live at the top of a 2m high column, and later moved to one 15m in height. From there he only descended occasionally to get the food and drink brought by his disciples.
    The hermits of Cappadocia distanced themselves from the world by cutting into fairy chimneys rather than living on top of columns. They hollowed out the chimneys from top to the bottom creating rooms 10-15m high. They lay on beds made from rock.
  • Istanbul is a city where you can have a European experience with an Islamic grace. Spires and domes of mosques, medival architecture dominate the skyline. At dawn, you can see people going to mosque for the first prayer as you hear the call of muezzin rebound from the ancient minarets. Meanwhile, you see clubbers making their way home from the nightclubs and bars while their neighbors kneeling on the prayer rug. Istanbul has a very unique ability to make so many diverse things ryhme together.
    If you are traveling in Istanbul, then you're perhaps going to be spending around 2-3 days in Istanbul before you start exploring the other parts of Turkey. In my opinion, 2-3 days is fairly enough to enjoy the must-see places in the city, and to be able to say "I've been there". However, for a local experience, you should definitely stay at least a week to let Istanbul cheer you with it's history, culture and help you understand why it has been the capital of four big empires.
    You are asking for specific reasons?
    Probably, you will start exploring Istanbul from the historical peninsula where the old city resides. I'm sure you Hagia Sophia is going to be one of the first stops. It was the largest cathedral for more than thousand years when it was built. There is a little surprise waiting for you, because it was converted to a mosque when Ottomans conquered Constantinople in 1453. So, you will get to experience this hybrid holy place that has magnificent symbols both from Christianity and Islam. Hagia Sophia was secularized and made into a museum by the Republic of Turkey. It is waiting for you to get a taste of wisdom, wealth and power.
    Then, you can walk to the Blue Mosque, the Ottoman response to Hagia Sophia, and be amazed by looking at its big dome and brightly colored tiles. Apparently, it took around 22.000 special Iznik tiles to decorate the walls of Blue Mosque.
    After that, you can walk into the Basilica Cistern. Justinian ordered the construction of it in 532 to supply water to Byzantine Palace primarily.
    Then, you can walk few minutes and enter the home of Ottoman Sultans, Topkapi Palace. It's like the White House for Ottomans for four hundred years. You will be impressed as you explore the things in the palace such as the largest Chinese ceramic collection outside of China, and maybe you will get to hear some whispers of the palace walls telling you the stories of Ottoman Sultans who ruled the world for more than six hundred years.
    Then, you step into the Harem section, and you suddenly acknowledge that "What happens in Harem stays in Harem". You start asking around, read your articles in hand to learn little more about the life of all these women sharing their home with one single man, the Sultan. You learn about the important women figures of the Ottoman History, such as Hurrem Sultan (Roxelana) and Kosem Sultan, and realize how women played a big role in world politics by influencing the Ottoman rulers.
    Next, you follow the beaten path and find your way to Grand Bazaar, one of World's oldest shopping malls with around 4000 shops in it. I guess it's time to buy some hookahs, tesbihs, rugs, souvenirs..
    Are you hungry? Guess what?
    You are at the right place. You remember that spicy, gourmet rice that you have at authentic restaurants? Not a big deal. Here is a Turkish version of that rice served in a mussel as a part of Turkish street food cuisine. It's called "midye dolma", stuffed mussels, the best appetizer that can keep a Turkish Beer company.
    You can find it in almost every crowded neighborhood -usually at night. You should just look for the big tray full of mussels sold by a vendor on the street. Be careful who you buy it from though. In summer, it is wise to just have stuffed mussels from well-known restaurants.
    There are many more incredible dishes you can try in Istanbul. Here is a list of those dishes that you should consider having in Istanbul.
    Getting warmed up? OK, then join the commuters with their daily commute from one continent to the other. Sit on the side benches of the ferry, eat your simit, and sip on your Turkish Tea while you watch the waters of Bosphorus carry you to the other side. This is one of the experiences always give an authentic feeling, even if you do it everyday. These waters are very energizing, the view is spectacular.
    Want to make plans for the night?
    You want to go out at night like a Sultan? There are many ways to accomplish that goal in Istanbul. One of them would be renting a yatch to take you to one of the nightclubs by the Bosphorus. Reina is one of the most famous ones that houses well-known musicians and DJs throughout the summer. You will see the celebrities and chic crowds of Istanbul dancing to the latest dance songs.. If you are into electronic music, then check out this list.
    If you don't feel like pretending like a sultan, and just want to be yourself. Then, give Taksim/Beyoglu a shot. Istiklal Avenue is one of the best people watching spots of Istanbul. You can walk through the fish market and find yourself a street bar with tiny round tables and friendly atmosphere where lively Istanbul people will be joining your night with their laughter.
    You watched enough Turkish people, you partied enough to Turkish electronic music, and now what?
    Next day you decide to do something different. Now, it's the time you should let Bosphorus relax you with its beautiful blue waters and the yali's, which were mostly owned by the viziers of Ottoman Empire. Nowadays, you don't really need to be a vizier anymore -costs around $30-40M. Soon, you will understand that you are almost at Black Sea once you notice the incredible Rumeli Fortress.
    Suddenly you realize that it's dinner time. Who is going to deal with traffic to go to a restaurant. You decide to step onto one of the Bosphorus resturants deck with an amazing view. Now, it's time to take the veils off, it's time to taste the Raki.. but be careful, because it has 48% alcohol in it. Raki would be the best company to a fish from the Bosphorus. The fish is so tasty that you don't need to marinate or spice it up. Just a bunch of arugula. That's it!
    How about games?
    You decided to learn backgammon from a local pro?
    There are so many nargile "hookah" cafes that would be happy to keep your coals replaced while you get your first lesson on backgammon and take puffs from a mango flavored hookah accompanied with apple tea.
    Are we getting more and more authentic here?
    Not yet, if you haven't been to Cagaloglu Hammam and have your whole body washed and massaged.
    Hey! Don't forget to watch the Whirling Dervishes before you leave!!
  • Turkey (Türkiye), known officially as the Republic of Turkey (About this sound Türkiye Cumhuriyeti), is a Eurasian country that stretches across the Anatolian peninsula in Western Asia and Thrace (Rumelia) in the Balkan region of southeastern Europe.

    Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Bulgaria to the northwest; Greece to the west; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, Azerbaijan (the exclave of Nakhchivan) and Iran to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the southeast.

    The Mediterranean Sea and Cyprus are to the south; the Aegean Sea to the west; and the Black Sea is to the north. Separating Anatolia and Thrace are the Sea of Marmara and the Turkish Straits (the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles), which are commonly reckoned to delineate the boundary between Europe and Asia, thereby making Turkey a country of significant geostrategic importance. The predominant religion in Turkey is Islam. The official language is Turkish.

    Turkey is the successor state to the Ottoman Empire. It is a democratic, secular, unitary, constitutional republic, whose political system was established in 1923 under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, following the fall of the Ottoman Empire in the aftermath of World War I. Since then, Turkey has become increasingly integrated with the West through membership in organizations such as the Council of Europe, NATO, OECD, WEOG, OSCE and the G-20 major economies.

    Although Turkey is situated in a geographical location where climatic conditions are quite temperate, the diverse nature of the landscape, and the existence in particular of the mountains that run parallel to the coasts cause significant differences in climatic conditions between regions. While the coastal areas enjoy milder climates, the inland Anatolian plateau experiences extremes of hot summers and cold winters with limited rainfall.

    Turkey began full membership negotiations with the European Union in 2005, having been an associate member of the EEC since 1963, and having reached a customs union agreement in 1995. Turkey has also fostered close cultural, political, economic and industrial relations with the Eastern world, particularly with the rest of the Middle East and states of Central Asia, through membership in organizations such as the OIC and ECO. Turkey is classified as a developed country by the CIA and as a regional power by political scientists and economists worldwide.

    Today there are 39 parks where rare species and their habitats are protected. Several species are at risk, including the northern bald eagle which is critically endangered. Once known as Cotton Castle, the white cliffs in Pamukkale in western Turkey are made of a calcium-rich mineral called travertine. The cliffs look like a sheet of ice covering a hillside from a distance.

    Also Ephesus Ancient City is one of the populer place inTurkey. The antique city used to be the capital of Asia Minor; the most important commercial center of western Anatolia; one of the seven churches of Christianity in Asia Minor; the city where Saint Paul preached and stayed for his three years missionary.

  • With its hospitable people, relaxing beaches, worldwide-known wine and the historical heritages that remains protected and the last island Greece has taken from Ottoman Empire… Samos... Just 45 minutes away from Kusadasi, this island lays within the beauty of the nature and surrounded by the unique waters of Aegean Sea, and offers an unforgettable holiday for people of all ages…

    Vathy,Hosting one of the three most important ports of the island, this city resides in the middle of the bay that is shaped like an Amphitheatre. After our 45 minutes of sailing, it is possible to have a sip from the first of cup of coffee in one of the cafés that you can find on the seaside, along which you can also take a lovely walk with the gentle morning breeze.

    Pythagorion, Located just 14 km south of Vathy, this city that had taken its name in honor of the famous mathematician Pythagoras, is one of the main tourism centers. Pythagorion Port, which was built in Polycrates era, is known to be the oldest manmade port of the Mediterranean Area.

  • Icaria is one of the most gorgeous Greek islands. It is mountanious and quite inaccessible at some points with beautiful green valleys, wild falcons and some amazing beaches. In spite of being not a very touristic island, you can get basically everything in the island; water sports, nightlife, shops and car rentals. The people on the island live off fishing and farming, and many work on boats or are involved in tourism.
    In general, Icaria is an island worth exploring, since it has some really nice little villages and beaches. In Ag Kirikos there is an archaeological museum. Therma is a health resort with radioactive hot wells, that many visit to be cured from various conditions, for example rheumatism or childlessness.
    It can get quite busy here, since many Greeks from all over travel to Chios solely for the baths. The monastery Evaggelistrias is active, and open to visitors. In Kambos there is an archaeological museum with various artifacts from the excavations in the area. Here the ancient capital used to be. It was called Oinoe ("Wine") since the wineproduction was important here. . The Icarian wine has been produced and praised since antiquity. There is also an old monastery here called Theoctistis ("God-built"). In Nas you can see the ancient ruins from a temple dedicated to Artemis.
    There are water sports on the island, and the snorkelling is also very good. Enjoy the hot bats in Therma and make excursions in the breathtaking nature. There are many nice, sandy beaches on the island. You can find quite a few totally isolate ones, but there are also more accessible beaches like Armenistis, Kambos and Evdilos.
    Most taverns are in Agios Kirikos and Armenisti, and if you get tired of traditional Greek food there are also a few Italian places. Try the local wine - it has been produced since ancient years and is very good.

  • Patmos is a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea, most famous for being the location of both the vision of and the writing of the Christian Bible's Book of Revelation. It is an island of the beautiful environment, traditional white houses and crystal clear waters. It is also known as the “Island of the Apocalypse”. In 1999, the island's historic center Chora, along with the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse, were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
    “The Cave of the Apocalypse” is the sacred place where Saint Ioannis is said to hear the voice of God and wrote the Apocalypse. There is a cross in this cave, engraved by Saint Ioannis himself and also a rock with 3 cracks, from where it is believed that the God’s voice had come. Paying a visit to this cave is a unique and unforgettable experience.
    The island’s capital is Chora. The city is built beneath the Monastery of St. John. Since the name “Chora” means “City” in Greek, it is actually a so common name to be found on Greek islands. Chora of Patmos is constantly called the Queen of All Chora’s, because of the monastery and the residences of the city is the strongest in the islands of Aegean Sea.
    It doesn’t matter which direction you turn your heads to, it is certain that your eyes will stumble upon a historical building/place in the cities of Patmos.
    Patmos Island also offers a wide range of restaurants and taverns, where you can experience the Greek Cuisine with a lovely island atmosphere. Also the famous Greek Ouzo can accompany your lovely traditional dinner.  
    In case one day is not enough to explore this island, accommodation is not a problem, at all. You can easily find a hotel, especially near the port, all along the beach, with sea view rooms to enjoy your stay, day and night.