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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.

Scala, Patmos - Greek church early morning - the colours of Greece

Scala, Patmos - Greek church early morning - the colours of Greece

 

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.

Scala, Patmos, waiting for the Blue Star ferry early morning

Scala, Patmos, waiting for the Blue Star ferry early morning

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.

Scala, Patmos - the Blue Star ferry has arrived and it's a busy time for all

Scala, Patmos - the Blue Star ferry has arrived and it's a busy time for all

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.

Patmos seen from the ferry - to the right Hora, to the left hidden somewhere in behind is Psili Amos

Patmos seen from the ferry - to the right Hora, to the left hidden somewhere in behind is 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.

Blue Star ferry arrives at Kos, Greece - just outside the crusader castle

Blue Star ferry arrives at Kos, Greece - just outside the crusader castle

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.

Scala is actually a nice little town, but having left the wonderful beach of Psili Amos earlier the same day made it all very strange and noisy for us. We were hot and tired and whereas when we got in with the catamaran, there were no one to welcome us with various offers of accommodation.

I left my family in the shade and went in search of an affordable room for the four of us. It took me a while as people will direct you to the nicer and more expensive hotels if you are a woman of my age. So, I started out at a four star hotel, but quickly realized that this was not what we were looking for. However, the guy in the reception was quite friendly and gave me a couple of names of places to stay, one that was nice but still too expensive, and another one if we were really looking for something simple.

Scala town in Patmos - motor scooters are in high demand for the narrow alleys of Scala

Having slept on the beach of Psili Ammos meant that anywhere with a bed, a fridge and a bathroom of its own was fantastic, so we picked the least expensive place, the Dolphin. We did indeed get a very basic room, but as the place was not full at all, I had no problem negotiating a lower price for the room. We paid 50 Euros for the room and I could probably have gotten the price down to 40 Euros if I had had the energy to haggle, but I was just too tired.

The room had TV, air-condition, a bathroom and – a fridge. We left the boys in the room to watch TV, and we went shopping. Scala is quite nice, but it felt dirty, noisy and crowded after our days in paradise. As we were to leave Patmos early the next morning we bought lots of water, yogurt, honey and bread. This was our standard diet when travelling. It was generally too hot to buy chocolate, but a great Greek sweet is sesame sticks coated in honey. Great stuff! Also, when we had the chance and didn’t have to carry it far, we also bought a watermelon. With two big boys we also had to think about milk which we really hadn’t had in Greece, so we bought chocolate milk as well. All our groceries went straight into the fridge when we came back to the room to get cold for next day’s trip.

The narrow alleys of Scala offer little room for gardens, but a few square metres are enough for this beautiful Frangipani

Dinner was at a restaurant nearby where we sat sort of in the middle of the street with people passing by all the time. Well, the food was okay so we didn’t mind. This was actually the only time during our weeks in Greece that we met other Danes; a couple of middle-aged women on a package tour from Denmark. They, of course, had never heard of Psili Ammos.

For dessert we went back to the place where I earlier had left the family in the shade. Just across from our bench in the shade is an ice cream shop with fantastic ice cream at about EUR 2 a piece. I am not sure whether they made the ice cream themselves, but I think so.

After a short stroll through town we went back to our hotel to catch some sleep before we would get up early the next morning to get on the ferry and leave wonderful Patmos.