The site consists of rocky hills, overgrazed scrub, steep rocky beaches, several islets and two temporary wetlands. The major part of the area belongs to the Monastery of Patmos.
This is an important site for breeding raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Larus audouinii (up to 5 breeding pairs).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Patmos island and surrounding islets. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 04/12/2020.