Leaving Patmos made us quite sad as it had been our little paradise island, especially our days on the wonderful sandy beach Psili Amos. We had only seen little of the white town Hora as we had been too exhausted to explore it properly, but next time we shall give Hora a closer look. We were sure that we would come back to Patmos the coming years.
There is no direct connection from Patmos to Tilos so we had bought tickets from Patmos to Kos and from Kos to Tilos. The first part of the trip we had been fortunate to get tickets for the big ferry. Tickets for the ‘Blue Star’ ferry are about half price of tickets for the catamaran. Unfortunately, the ‘Blue Star’ ferry usually leaves or arrives at the most inconvenient hours of the day and only runs a couple of times a day. It doesn’t take much longer to go with the ‘Blue Star’ ferry than with the catamaran and it is a more comfortable journey. So, if you have a choice, choose the ‘Blue Star’ ferry over the catamaran.
Our ferry was supposed to leave at about 8 o’clock in the morning, but as we were sitting waiting at port for the ferry and still no sight of it at 8 o’clock, we realised that there was nothing to do but relax and wait and not get upset about the delay. It would just mean less time to wait at the catamaran departure place on Kos.
Eventually, the ferry arrived and it seemed that everyone in Scala was there for a little while, getting off the ferry, welcoming tourists, friends and family. And unloading all kinds of supplies for the island as the ferry came from the mainland of Greece. No sooner had the last car left the ferry than the new passengers and cars started crowding onto the ferry to find a nice spot to settle down for the next few hours.
The journey was very pleasant and civilised compared to going by catamaran and we enjoyed it so much more as it was the only time that we would travel in such a relaxing way. We passed most of the island and could see the monastery in Hora for a long time. We even imagined that we saw Psili Ammos beach, but I am sure that we didn’t as we never saw the ferry when we were on Psili Amos.
After a few hours we arrived in Kos and could walk to the departure area for the catamaran. The ‘Blue Star’ ferry docks near the centre of Kos town, whereas you have to walk to the furthest part of the port past the crusader castle to get to the catamaran. After an ice cream – they have great ice creams in Greece J – we were ready to embark on the last part of the journey – to Tilos. This time by catamaran.
By mid afternoon we reached the little town of Lavidia, Tilos. Nothing much was going on there which looked promising to us. Everything was closed down for the ‘siesta’, but we found ourselves a spot in the shade and stayed there till it opened up again and we could restock our water supply, food etc. About 100 m behind the seafront we found what could be called the town centre. There were some nice big shady trees which are highly valued in the hot Greek sun under which the male inhabitants of Tilos seemed to gather for Greek coffee. This was where we caught a bus towards our destination, Plaka Beach, Tilos.