Beginning with early summer, the island’s pace changes dramatically. Everything is going round busy, the port is docked with cruise ships, sailboats and yachts, tourists fill all the shops, cafes, squares, streets, bars and beaches . The Patmians are running around; busy to catch up with work, home, friends, visitors, everyday problems. It feels as if the tick- tock of the clock sounds louder and faster, the indexes running to catch up with time. Patmos, after its touristic and economic development in the recent decades, its global reputation as a place of great natural beauty, but also its declaration as a UNESCO World Heritage monument and the designation of a special law of the Greek parliament characterizing it as “Holy Island”, is one of the major summer destinations.
The most touristic months on Patmos are July and August, however it always remains an island where whoever wishes to do so, can find peace and quiet, secluded beaches to swim or sit in the shade of the trees and listen to the crickets sing their intense song. In Eirini Traditional Houses you will enjoy dreamy mornings, afternoons and fragrant magic evenings, while surrounded by the smell of jasmine, honeysuckle and basil adorning the gates. During evening walks, you can watch some of the cultural events organized by the Municipality of Patmos, cultural associations, theater groups and the island's artists, art exhibitions, book presentations and theater performances (mainly in June ) as well as traditional puppet shows (Karagiozis).
One of the most important cultural events of the summer is the ”Festival of Taste and Tradition", organized by the local newspaper "Patmian Chronicles" and the Municipality of Patmos, with the participation of the main institutions of the island. The surrounding islands also take part in the festival which is usually organized in late June. In summer you can also watch the festive fairs, with solemn Vespers and the traditional "kafedisma" as well as the now scarce, folk fairs, the most important of which is the fair of Virgin Mary Geranou, during the Assumption (15th of August).