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Patmos Car Hire Greece Greek Rentals

Car hire is not essential on Patmos as you can get to all the main places of interest by bus or excursion boat. Taxis are cheaper than car hire if you only want to make the occasional trip to remote spots beyond the main bus route. But you may decide to hire a car or moped for at least part of your stay here in which case you'll find plenty of choice in Skala.

A scooter is the favoured form of transport among those tourists who decide they need their own set of wheels to explore the far flung corners of the island. But before you go down that road c heck that your travel insurance covers you for motorbike accidents because many policies don't. Strictly speaking, under Greek law, you need a special motorbike licence though many rental firms are satisfied with a European or international driving licence.

Express Moto and Theo Georgio's in the port both offer new scooters and mountain bikes for hire. Some local firms, including Australis Motor Rent, allow you to rent a moped for just a few hours at less than the normal daily rate. At Patmos Rent a Car the rental rate drops considerably the longer you rent the vehicle.

There are two petrol stations on the island one in Skala and the other just outside the port on the road north to Kambos.

With the freedom of your own vehicle you'll be able to visit the lovely whitewashed capital of Hora, four kilometres south of Skala. Explore its delightful cobbled lanes awash with ship owners' mansions from the 17th and 18th centuries. And allow plenty of time to absorb the awesome atmosphere of the island's star attraction the magnificent 11th century Monastery of St John which is one of the most important places of worship among the Orthodox and Christian faithful. Walk down the cobbled path leading from Hora towards Scala to visit the Cave of the Apocalypse where St John wrote the last book of the bible after hearing the voice of God through a cleft in the rock.

Take the road east of Hora to the island's busiest beach resort in Grikou Bay where you can enjoy one of a number of leisure activities and watersports on offer including beach volleyball, tennis, water ski ing and skin diving.

The road south of Hora ends at the Diakofti isthmus from where you can walk (about 30 minutes) to the beautiful bay of Psili Ammos in the south west corner of the island. Here you'll find the island's only pure sand beach, flanked by sweeping dunes and tamarisk trees.

Head north of Scala to the east coast beaches of Meloi, Agriolivadho and popular Kambos which is the end of the line for the island's bus service.

The road continues to Lambi at the northern tip of the island, nine kilometres from Skala, where there's an unusual beach of beautiful multi coloured pebbles. Gourmets come here to dine at the renowned waterfront taverna which produces the island's best saganaki (a mouthwatering flaming cheese dish) and various fresh fish delights conjured from the day's catch.