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Verdurous and Tropical Sceneries, Emerald Waters, Evocative Monuments of Unesco and Subversive Adventures Ruled from Beauty and Legends
Ruled from beauty and legends, Samos is the island of vegetation. Local sweet wine in the harbour of Pythagoras, promenades in the romantic settlement of Vathi and astonishing sunset views in the village of Karlovassi; Samos writes her history alluring you in her own captivating rhythms. The legendary birthplace of Hera, the hometown of the mathematician Pythagoras and the astrophycycist Aristarchus, the nearest island of Ephesus in Asia Minor will intoxicate you. The fertile and hospitable island of Samos, distinguished for its verdant vegetation, is challenging lovers of nature to explore the adventurous trails with the intention of discovering the numerous treasures of her. Tropical seashores with turquoise waters, fertile valleys blessed with vegetation, evocative archaeological sites of UNESCO and traditional settlements climbing on mountain slopes create an atmosphere of nobility. An island with one thousand faces has a distinctive character exuding fragrant wine scents. Homeland of great scientists, seductress goddesses and eminent personalities of antiquity, Samos is a well kept secret. An island off the beaten track, an earthly paradise reserved only for the ones who would wish to discover it. Embark on the island and experience the most subversive adventure; always overlooking the endless blue of the Aegean! Are you ready to unveil the mysteries of Samos?

 

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The Capital of Samos

The Town of Samos is the capital and harbour of Samos located on the northeast side of the island. It is the administrative center of the island. The center of life centers on the Square of Pithagoras. Samos is connected with Vathi and the entire region is considered as the capital of Samos. Vathi is one of the oldest villages of Samos built amphitheatrically on the mountain slopes overlooking the town of the island. The enchanting landscape is embellished with neoclassical houses and old venetian buildings. Vathi has retained its traditional character with charming houses, narrow alleys and picturesque neighboorhoods. Monuments worth visiting include the Archaeological Museum of Samos, the Byzantine Museum of Samos and the Church of Agios Spyridon.

The Archaeological Site of Heraion

The Archaeological Site of Heraion is located on the southern side of the island. According to mythology, Samos was the birthplace of Goddess Hera. Heraion was established as a sacred sanctuary in the geometrical times until the roman period. During the time of Polycrates, the temple acquired its final form. Great Herodotus considered the sanctuary of Hera as “the largest and most impressive temple in Greece of his time.” Heraion has been included in the world cultural heritage monuments list of Unesco. The sanctuary was actively connected administratively and politically with the ancient city of Samos accessible from the Sacred Way, parts of which have survived until today.  Important findings are now displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Samos.

The Castle of Lycurgus

The Castle of Lycurgus was constructed on the southwest side of the harbour of Pythagorio during the 7th century AD. In 1475, the castle was abandoned as it was conquered from the Ottomans. One of the leading figures of the Revolution of 1821, Lycurgus Logothetis, undertook the project of fortifying the entire castle again with the aid of the Samians while one of the pre-existing fortified towers was repaired and used as the headquarters and residence of the family of Logothetis. Today, the tower serves as a museum. On the highest point of the hill, the historic church of Transfiguration was constructed following the initiative of Lycurgus Logothetis in commemoration of the victory of Samos against the Ottomans that took place in the strait of Mycale on August of 1824.

The Cave of Pythagoras

The Cave of Pythagoras is located on the mountain slopes of Kerki. According to tradition, the mathematician Pythagoras hid in this cave from tyrant Polycrates who accused him of corruption. The cave is located three kilometres away from Kambos Marathokambos and it is accessible through a long dirt road. One should follow a short route carved on a steep cliff to access the cave.

The Town of Karlovassi

The Town of Karlovassi is the second biggest seaside town of Samos located on the northwest side of the island. The settlement lies in one of the most fertile areas of Samos. Karlovassi has retained its traditional character distinguished for its neoclassical buildings, traditional houses and elegant mansions.  The monastery of Agia Triada stands on the top of the hill. Worth visiting sights include the waterfalls of Karlovassi for their natural beauty, the beaches of Mikro and Megalo Seitani for their tropical beauty and the traces of the Byzantine Castle of Karlovassi.

The Village of Mytilinii

The Village of Mytilinii is a mountainous village located on the east side of the island. The settlement is built amphitheatrically in a fertile valley. The life of the village lies in the central square of Mytilinii. The most impressive monument of the area is the Museum of Natural History that exhibits paleontological fossils, minerald and rocks, fish replicas and model ships along with a botanical collection. You can also visit the Monastery of Agia Triada. Mytilinii is known for the production of excellent Samian wine.

The Village of Spatharei

The Village of Spatharei is a mountainous village located on the south part of the island. The settlement is built on the mountain slopes of Bournias. Spatharei is renowned for its astonishing views to the southwest Samos and the Dodecanese islands.  It is a charming village distinguished for its traditional architecture and the picturesque square. The most impressive monument is the stone church of Taxiarhes built in 1580. Spatharei is known for the fine products of virgin olive oil. On August 15, some of the biggest festivals of the island are held in the village.

The Waterfalls of Karlovassi 

The Waterfalls of Karlovassi is one of the most pleasant surprizes of Samos. A scenic sign posted trail ensures access to the waterfalls from the village of Potami. If you want to continue, you will have to climb sixty wooden steps or climb through the river by the use of ropes. The biggest waterfall of Karlovassi has a height of five meters 0ffering the opportunity to swim in the small lake formed.

The Wine Museum of Samos

The Wine Museum of Samos was inaugurated in the summer of 2005 with the intention of presenting the history of the Samian wine and the Union of Winemaking Cooperatives of Samos. The building of the museum used to house a private winery. Exhibits of the museum include traditional winemaking tools, lab instruments, barrels and wine bottles along with documents and prizes. The visitors can taste or buy the wines of the Union of Winemaking Cooperatives of Samos in the special shop of the museum.

Archaeological Sites

The Ancient Town of Pythagorio was one of the most important towns of Ancient Greece. The ancient settlement was constructed during the 4th century AD on the southwest side of the present harbour of Pythagorio. The town was named after the name of the great mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras. The area was quickly developed in one of the most important trade centres due to its strategic position.

The Archaeological Site of Heraion is located on the southern side of the island. According to mythology, Samos was the birthplace of Goddess Hera. Heraion was established as a sacred sanctuary in the geometrical times until the roman period. During the time of Polycrates, the temple acquired its final form. Great Herodotus considered the sanctuary of Hera as “the largest and most impressive temple in Greece of his time.” Heraion has been included in the world cultural heritage monuments list of Unesco. The sanctuary was actively connected administratively and politically with the ancient city of Samos accessible from the Sacred Way, parts of which have survived until today.  Important findings are now displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Samos.

The Baths of Therma was a massive complex of baths constructed in the second half of the 2nd century AD. On the west side of Pythagorio, there were changing bathrooms, facilities for cold baths and hot baths, an octagonal pool and an area for sauna. Therma were integrated into an organized space of the sport facilities of the ancient town of Samos along with the high school, the stadium and the arena. The stadium of the ancient town used to be one of the biggest stadiums of Ancient Greece.

The Efpalinium Tunnel was one of the greatest constructions of the 6th century BC that was considered as the 7th wonder of antiquity. The accuracy of the tunnel is a practical demonstration of the high architectural knowledge of the engineers of Greece of that period. The tunnel was constructed from the architect Efpalinos during the tyranny period of Polycrates in order to supply with water the ancient capital of the island and it was used until the roman period. Today, it is one of the most impressive monuments of Samos.

The Polycratean Walls were constructed in order to protect the ancient town of Samos. The walls used to be 6.430 meters in length encompassed an area of 1,2 square kilometres. Today, parts of the walls are the sole surviving remains.

Castles and Towers

The Castle of Lycurgus was constructed on the southwest side of the harbour of Pythagorio during the 7th century AD. In 1475, the castle was abandoned as it was conquered from the Ottomans. One of the leading figures of the Revolution of 1821, Lycurgus Logothetis, undertook the project of fortifying the entire castle again with the aid of the Samians while one of the pre-existing fortified towers was repaired and used as the headquarters and residence of the family of Logothetis. Today, the tower serves as a museum. On the highest point of the hill, the historic church of Transfiguration was constructed following the initiative of Lycurgus Logothetis in commemoration of the victory of Samos against the Ottomans that took place in the strait of Mycale on August of 1824.

The Castle of Potami is located on the west side of the settlement of Karlovassi.  The area hosts traces of a byzantine castle along with relics of the church of Agios Nikolaos and the church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary between the 12th to 14th centuries. The most impressive characteristic of the churches is the decoration of the facades of the walls with blind arches, an influence of the art of Constantinople.

The Tower of Logothetis is located within the area of the castle of Lycurgus. The tower was repaired during the fortification project of Lycurgus Logothetis in 1824. The tower was used as the headquarters and residence of the family of Logothetis. Today, the tower serves as a museum.

The Tower of Sarakini is located on the southeast side of Samos. The tower was built from Nikolaos Sarakinis in 1577 with the intention of protecting the island from pirate invasions. It is a three storey rectangular tower distinguished for its fortified architecture.

Churches and Monasteries

The Church of Panagia Sarantaskaliotissa is located on the southeast side of Kerki. The church is dedicated to the Nativity of Virgin Mary. Built inside a cave, you must follow a beautiful route and climb forty stairs carved into the cliff in order to reach the church.

The Church of Panagia Spiliani is located in a close distance from Pythagorio. It is an imposing church built inside a huge cave. The cave served as a place of worship since ancient times. The church celebrates in honour of the saint on November 21.

The Monastery of Agia Zoni is located in the verdant valley of Vlamari, approximately two kilometres from the town of Samos. Built in 1695, the temple is ornamented with wall paintings of the 17th century and an interesting library with patriarchal documents and precious vessels. The monastery celebrates in honour of the saint on August 31.

The Monastery of Agia Triada is located on the southeast side of to the village Mytilinii. It was built on the foundations of an ancient temple from a monk in 1824. Agia Triada is the newest monastery of Samos as the construction began in 1824 while the current catholic was rebuilt in 1905. The monastery boasts an impressive ecclesiastical silver icon while the domes and the columns were constructed with marble from the ancient town of the island.

The Monastery of Megali Panagia is located close to the village of Vourliotes. It is the oldest monastery of the island built in 1566. The temple is ornamented with a gilded carved iconostasis of depictions of the Old and New Testament, an imposing carved wood throne of the 18th century and a small sample of wall paintings. The monastery celebrates in honour of the saint on September 8.

The Monastery of Zoodohos Pigi is located on the northeast side of the town of Samos. It was built in 1756 from a monk on the foundations of a chapel of Zoodohos Pigi. Hanging at an altitude of 400 meters, the monastery offers astonishing views of Asia Minor. The church is ornamented with an impressive wooden temple, columns from the ancient temple of Miletus, a woodcut throne and beautiful wall paintings. The monastery celebrates on Friday in honour of the saint on Easter Sunday.

Museums

The Archaeological Museum of Samos is located in the town of Vathi. The exhibitions are housed in two different buildings. Exhibits include collections of archaeic sculpture, pottery items, ivory objects, wooden artifacts and clay figurines. The most impressive exhibit is the collosal statue of Kouros of Samos with a height of five meters. The statue is the largest surviving kouros of Greece.

The Archaeological Museum of Pythagorio is located in the town of Pythagorio.  Exhibits include ancient columns, portraits of emperors, and ceramic objects. One of the most important exhibits is the seated statue of Aiakes dedicated to Hera.

The Ecclesiastical Museum of Samos is located in the town of Samos. Exhibits include the holy mantle of the Patriarch of Contantinople, the work of the Crucifixion of Christ from Theodors Poulakos, holy crafted grails and a rare collection of books.

The Folklore Museum of  Karlovassi is located in the village of Karlovassi. Exhibits include rural, urban and folklore objects from the daily life of the island. The exhibits cover a chronological period from 1870 to 1955.

The Folklore Museum of  Samos is housed in the Cultural Foundation of Nikolaos Demetriou. The museum was founded in 1997 with the intention of presenting the daily life of the island until the second world war. Exhibits include agricultural tools, objects of the traditional production of cheese and samples from the urban life of Samos.

The Paleontological Museum of Samos is located in the village Mytilinii. The museum comprises from the paleontological museum and the natural history museum. Exhibits include paleontological fossils, minerald and rocks, fish replicas and model ships along with a botanical collection.

The Tannery Museum of Samos is housed inside a leather factory in Karlovassi. Today, the building is owned from the Aegean University and showcases the development of leather production and trading of Samos.

The Wine Museum of Samos was inaugurated in the summer of 2005 with the intention of presenting the history of the Samian wine and the Union of Winemaking Cooperatives of Samos. The building of the museum used to house a private winery. Exhibits of the museum include traditional winemaking tools, lab instruments, barrels and wine bottles along with documents and prizes. The visitors can taste or buy the wines of the Union of Winemaking Cooperatives of Samos in the special shop of the museum.

Natural Beauties

The Cave of Pythagoras is located on the mountain slopes of Kerki. According to tradition, the mathematician Pythagoras hid in this cave from tyrant Polycrates who accused him of corruption. The cave is located three kilometres away from Kambos Marathokambos and it is accessible through a long dirt road. One should follow a short route carved on a steep cliff to access the cave.

The Mount of Ambelos is the highest mountain of Samos covering the central and eastern part of the island. The highest peak has an altitude of 1.153 meters in the area of Prophet Elias. The mountain was named Ambelos meaning vine from the vineyards that were cultivated there since ancient times. The vegetation of the mountain is very rich dominated from pine, cypresses, oak and chestnut trees.

The Waterfalls of Karlovassi is one of the most pleasant surprizes of Samos. A scenic sign posted trail ensures access to the waterfalls from the village of Potami. If you want to continue, you will have to climb sixty wooden steps or climb through the river by the use of ropes. The biggest waterfall of Karlovassi has a height of five meters 0ffering the opportunity to swim in the small lake formed.

The Wetland of Alyki is an important area of migratory bird species located on the east side of the island. The total area spreads over 1,7 square kilometres. Alyki has a high ecological importance, which has been declared as an important natural reserve from the European Network of Natura 2000.

Promenades & Villages

Ambelos is a verdant mountainous village located on the north side of the island. It is a charming village with strong traditional elements distinguished for its stone houses and red tiled roofs, narrow alleys and its verdant vegetation of vineyards and olive trees. Here, you will witness one of the most beautiful views of the Aegean. The haven of Ambelos is the seaside settlement of Livadaki with charming coves. On September 23, one of the most beautiful festivals of Samos is held in Ambelos.

Drakeoi is a mountainous village located on the west side of the island. The settlement is built on the mountain slopes of Kerki in a steep location. The view from Drakaioi is astonishing, renowned for its magical sunset as the village of Kallithea. The last shipyard of Samos is located in the bay of Agios Isidoros while one can also visit the beach of Varsamo for its wild beauty.

Hora is the old capital of Samos located on the southeast side of the island. The settlement has maintained its traditional spirit distinguished for its stone houses and its cobblestone narrow alleys. The most important monuments of the area include the cathedral of Hora, the square of Messaki and the building of the primary school that attest the rich history of the settlement. On August 15, one of the biggest traditional festivals is held in Hora. In a close distance from Hora, one can visit the beautiful beach of Potokaki; it is a must visit!

Kallithea is a mountainous village located on the west side of the island. It is the westernmost village of Samos with beautiful views towards the islands of Chios and Ikaria. Kallithea is mostly known for it’s the magical sunset! The dirt road of the village leads to the bay of Agios Isidoros with the last shipyard of Samos. Lovers of off road driving can follow the dirt roads leading to the mountain with the renowned askitaria, the caves inhabited from monks in antiquity.

Karlovassi is the second biggest seaside town of Samos located on the northwest side of the island. The settlement lies in one of the most fertile areas of Samos. Karlovassi has retained its traditional character distinguished for its neoclassical buildings, traditional houses and elegant mansions.  The monastery of Agia Triada stands on the top of the hill. Worth visiting sights include the waterfalls of Karlovassi for their natural beauty, the beaches of Mikro and Megalo Seitani for their tropical beauty and the traces of the Byzantine Castle of Karlovassi.

Kokkari is a seaside village located on the northwest side of the island. The charming settlement spreads on a beautiful area of vineyards and olive trees. It has managed to preserve its colourful atmosphere offering idyllic sceneries. It is worth following the hiking trails that lead to the villages of Mytilinii and Vourliotes. One can also visit the nearby beaches of Lemonakia and Tsamadou, which are located nearby. The jewel of Kokkari is the imposing church of Agios Nikolaos.

Konteika is a mountainous village located on the northwest side of the island. The settlement is built on the mountain slopes of Karvouni. Konteika distinguishes for its verdant vegetation of pine and cypress tress. Konteika is known for its outstanding natural beauty. The jewel of the village is the charming square of Konteika that showcases a distinctive example of Samos traditional architecture.

Lekka is one of the biggest villages of Samos located on the southwest side of the island. The settlement spreads in a verdurous landscape with panoramic views to the Aegean. It is a charming village with traditional houses and red tiled roofs, a beautiful square with a huge plane tree and traditional cafeterias. The central square of Lekka resembles a balcony with beautiful views to the village of Karlovassi. In a close proximity from the village, one can visit the verdurous settlement of Kastania renowned for its outstanding natural beauty.

Manolates is a mountainous village located on the north side of the island. It is a traditional settlement built in a verdant area overlooking the coast of Asia Minor. The village is embellished with well preserved traditional houses and cobblestone alleys along with the imposing monastery of Zoodohos Pigi. The biggest festival of Malonates is held on Friday after Easter Sunday. Enthusiasts of hiking will fall in love with the numerous trails that lead to the natural beauties of the surrounding area.

Marathokambos is a mountainous village located on the southwest side of the island. The settlement spreads on the mountain slopes of Kerki around the natural bay combing beautiful sceneries of mountain and sea. It is a charming village with strong traditional elements distinguished for its stone houses, its traditional fountains and squares and its cobblestone alleys. Worth visiting sights of the wider area include the cave of Kakoperatos is decorated for its rich stalactite and stalagmites formations, the cave of Pythagoras for its historical significance, the imposing monastery of Panagia and the beach of Psili Ammos for its crystal waters.

Mytilinii is a mountainous village located on the east side of the island. It is one of the liveliest villages of Samos built amphitheatrically in a fertile valley. The life of the village lies in the central square of Mytilinii. The most impressive monument of the area is the Museum of Natural History that exhibits paleontological fossils, minerald and rocks, fish replicas and model ships along with a botanical collection. You can also visit the Monastery of Agia Triada. Mytilinii is known for the production of excellent Samian wine.

Pagondas is a mountainous village located on the south side of the island. The settlement is built amphitheatrically in the mountain slopes of Bournias. Pagondas distinguishes for its traditional colourful houses and its verdant vegetation. The jewel of the village is the imposing marble bell tower of the Church of Christos. Here, you will witness one of the most beautiful views of the Aegean.

Platanos is a mountainous village located on the central part of the island. The settlement is built on one of the highest mountain slopes of Karvouni amongst verdant forests and vineyards. Platanos is known for its traditional architecture and the charming square with plane trees. The village is an ideal place for enjoying the local delicacies of Samos.

Pyrgos is a mountainous village located on the central part of the island. It is a beautiful settlement built in a verdant area embellished with traditional houses, cobblestone alleys and old churches. Pyrgos is known for the production of the excellent Samian thyme honey.

Pythagorio is one of the most idyllic villages of Samos located on the southeast side of the island. The archaeological and cultural character of the area has been recognized from Unesco, as it has been declared as a Monument of World Cultural Heritage.The historical town eludes an atmosphere of nobility distinguished for its well preserved houses. The statue of the great mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras dominates the entrance of the harbour. Worth visiting sights include the Archaeological Museum, the Castle of Lycurgus and the Monastery of Panagia Spiliani.

Samos Town is the capital and harbour of Samos located on the northeast side of the island. It is the administrative center of the island. The center of life centers on the Square of Pithagoras. Samos is connected with Vathi and the entire region is considered as the capital of Samos. Vathi is one of the oldest villages of Samos built amphitheatrically on the mountain slopes overlooking the town of the island. The enchanting landscape is embellished with neoclassical houses and old venetian buildings. Vathi has retained its traditional character with charming houses, narrow alleys and picturesque neighboorhoods. Monuments worth visiting include the Archaeological Museum of Samos, the Byzantine Museum of Samos and the Church of Agios Spyridon.

Spatharei is a mountainous village located on the south part of the island. The settlement is built on the mountain slopes of Bournias. Spatharei is renowned for its astonishing views to the southwest Samos and the Dodecanese islands.  It is a charming village distinguished for its traditional architecture and the picturesque square. The most impressive monument is the stone church of Taxiarhes built in 1580. Spatharei is known for the fine products of virgin olive oil. On August 15, some of the biggest festivals of the island are held in the village.

Vourliotes is a mountainous village located on the north side of the island. It is a beautiful settlement built in the 16th century. The village is distinguished for its traditional architecture and its charming churches with imposing wall paintings. You can also visit the monastery of Panagia Vronda, the oldest monastery of Samos. Hiking lovers can follow numerous mountainous trails that lead of Karvounis Mountain. The haven of Vourliotes is the seaside settlement of Avlakia. The biggest festival of Avlakia is the festival of Panagia Vrodiani held on September 8.

Sunset Spots

Spot: Ancient Theatre of Pythagorio, Southeast Samos

Spot: Beach of Kedros, West Samos

Spot: Beach of Varsamos, West Samos

Spot:Village of Drakaioi, West Samos

Spot: Village of Kallithea, West Samos

Spot: Village of Platanos, Central Samos

Excursions

Boat Trip: The Island of Fourni is one of the smallest islands of the Northeast Aegean. Used as a shelter from the pirates of Corsica, the microcosm of Fourni is formed from a miniature archipelago of deserted islands and rocky reefs. Imagine a mysterious escape destination away from the rest of the world with mesmerizing sceneries and emerald waters.  The pace of life of Fourni exudes an aura of tranquillity and peacefulness with the spirit of Poseidon wandering around the island. The village of Kambos has managed to maintain the architectural heritage of Fourni. Traditional houses, mulberry trees ad cobblestone alleys spread around the picturesque natural harbour. The lacy coastline of the island is beautified from the pristine beaches, countless coves with colourful boats, mulberry trees and old windmills. The hospitality of the locals and the beauty of the landscapes endeavour to captivate your eyes, an island away from the ordinary. Will you take the chance to experience something different?

Boat Trip: The Island of Ikaria has this distinctive human element associated with the magical spirit and the colourful opticism that remains unique in its kind.Verdant mountain slopes drown in the deep blue sea with the intention of giving their position on steep bare slopes and revert to even richer landscapes that hide priceless mysterious treasures. The south side is characterized from rare wild beauty sceneries while the beautiful beaches are the absolute protagonists of the north side. The pace of life of Ikaria exudes a peaceful aura with a complete lack of sense of time. Indeed, the island moves in relaxing rhythms showcasing its unique philosophy of life, only the first reason you will fall in love with her amongst others. Seaside villages perched on the rocks, exceptional beaches fringed with turquoise waters, traditional authentic festivals and hospitable people give to the island a unique colour. Ikaria has notorious laxity flirting dangerously with mythical creatures exuding an aura of extraordinary authenticity. Feels like people in Ikaria are required to laught, drink, talk and dance by law, envied from millions others. The smiles of the people are so bright and powerful, one of the most irrepleacable ways to make you forget everything. All suggest a different way of life, turning your experience into an adventure. The carelessness of the inhabitants is rolling in their life without anxiety and stress. Follow the magical world of the inhabitants of Ikaria. Loosely, as only they know, since time in the island never stops, as it never started counting. All of the above are the exceptional reasons to fall in love with Ikaria. We will not reveal to you the recipe for longevity, but Ikarians themselves will show you their distinctive way of living.

Activities

Bird Watching: The flora and fauna of Samos is quite remarkable. The island has the perfect environment for thousands native and migratory birds. In fact, Samos stands for numerous areas with high ecological value that serve as major stations and shelters of migratory birds. Particularly in the mountainous areas of Samos, one will have the opportunity to encounter more than 139 bird species including Phoenicopterus Rubers (Flamingos), Black Buntings, Whiskered Terns, Spanish Sparrows, Eurasian Spoonbill, Lesser Kestrels, Bonelli’s Eagles and Barn Owls. Areas for bird watching include the Wetlands of Alyki and Glyfada, the Aidona Gorge in Vourliotes village and the Mount Kerkis.

Bicycling: The countryside of Samos is an ideal place for cycling lovers. There are numerous bicycle rentals on the island where you can rent a bicycle and discover the beaches and villages of the island. Every summer, cyclists visit the numerous trails of Samos for their adventures. An interesting trail starts from the chapel of Agios Ioannis in Potami village and leads towards the villages of Karlovassi and Kokkari.

Caving: Samos is blessed with numerous imposing caves. One of the most interesting caves is the cave of Pythagoras and the cave of Kakoperatos. Discover more from the Association of Speleology of Samos.

Diving: The varied coastline of Samos offers numerous exciting explorations for diving enthusiasts. The reef of Kastro, the bay of Glykorisa, the rock of Karavopetra, the Cannon and the wall of Panagia are some of the most interesting diving spots. One will find diving centres at the areas of Karlovassi, Kokkari and Pythagorio.

Hiking and Walking: The fertile island of Samos is distinguished for its verdant vegetation challenging lovers of nature to explore the adventurous trails. (1) Walk from the area of Votsalakia in Marathokambos to the Mount of Kerkis to explore the diverse vegetation. (2) You can also follow the trail that starts from the village of Pandroso and leads to the chapel of Prophet Elias with panoramic views of the Aegean. (3) A scenic sign posted trail ensures access to the waterfalls of Karlovassi from the village of Potami. If you want to continue, you will have to climb sixty wooden steps or climb through the river by using ropes. The biggest waterfall of Karlovassi has a height of five meters 0ffering the opportunity to swim in the small lake. (4) Another interesting trail starts from the village of Stavrinides and leads to the village of Manolates. (5) Close to the village of Agios Konstantinos, a magical trail leads also to the village of Manolates distinguished for its rich vegetation. Discover more from the website of Samos Outdoor Activities.

Horse Riding: Samos offers invigorating experiences of riding a horse along the seashore. You can find riding schools in the area of Kamara.

Mountain Biking: The rich natural diversity of Samos is highly suitable for mountain and road biking. Exciting trails from rural roads to specially designed cycling routes are available in various parts of the island. The most beautiful routes pass through the Gorge of Kakoperatos, the Mounts of Ambelos and Kerkis. However, the northern side of the island is a wonderland for mountain biking enthusiasts. Discover more from the website of Samos Outdoor Activities.

Off Road: Lovers of off road driving can follow the dirt roads leading to the mountains of Ambelos and Kerkis in order to explore the mysterious beauties of Samos. (1) One of the most beautiful dirt roads starts from the village of Spatharei and leads to the village of Pagondas. (2) Another interesting dirt road runs towards the beach of Tsopela on the southernmost point of the island. (3) It is also worth following the dirt road from Potami beach to Seitani beach. (4) The dirt road that runs from the village of Kosmadei and leads to the monastery of Kakoperatos, else known as Panagia of Hatzimanoli, offers breathtaking views of the mountainside. Make sure you always check the maps of the Samos before you get into your car!

Rock Climbing: The wild rocky landscape of Samos creates a natural climbing field with nine sectors of different climbing style. The island is dominated from the mountain area of Karvouni on the west side and the mountain area of Kerkis on the northeast side. Vigla peak is the highest point of Samos lying at an altitude of 1.434 meters while Karvouni peak lies at an altitude of 1.095 meters. The western side of Samos is a wonderland for mountaineering and rocky climbing enthusiasts.

Windsurfing: Samos is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of windsurfing, as the island gets really windy especially in the summer. The beaches of Kambos and Kokkari are ideal for the lovers of windsurfing. One will find windsurfing centres at the beach of Kokkari.

Beaches

Aspres is a long sandy and pebbled beach with emerald waters located on the southwest side of the island. It is a beautiful beach ideal for those looking for tranquillity.

Avlakia is a pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the northwest side of the island. The tamarisk trees and the rising cliffs create beautiful sceneries. It is a beautiful beach ideal for those looking for tranquillity.

Karlovassi is a long sandy beach with blue waters located on the northwest side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of Samos with numerous amenities including sunbeds and umbrellas, water sports facilities and a beach bar.

Kedros is a long sandy and pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the northwest side of the island. It is one of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches of Samos. The beach is ideal for those looking for tranquillity and seclusion.

Kerveli is a sandy and pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the southeast side of the island. It is a secluded beach ideal for those looking for tranquillity. The surrounding area offers beautiful sceneries blessed with verdant vegetation.

Kokkari is a sandy and pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the northwest side of the island. It is an organized beach with numerous amenities including sunbeds and umbrellas, and a beach bar. Also, there are fish taverns in the wider area.

Lemonakia is a sheltered sandy bay with turquoise waters located on the northeast side of the island. It is partially organized with sunbeds and umbrellas and a beach bar. The turquoise waters and the high cliffs with verdant vegetation create exotic sceneries.

Limnionas is a golden sandy beach with emerald waters located on the southwest side of the island. The vegetation and the clear waters create tropical sceneries.

Megalo Seitani is one of the finest beaches of Samos located on the west side of the island. It is a long sandy beach with turquoise waters lying on the mouth of the gorge of Kakoperatos. The beach is ideal for the lovers of nature.

Platanakia is a pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the north side of the island. The rocky cliffs and the dense vegetation create beautiful sceneries. The beach is ideal for those looking for tranquillity.

Potami is a long pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the northeast side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Samos. The beach is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas, and a beach bar. The steep cliffs and the verdant vegetation of the surrounding area create beautiful sceneries.

Potokaki is a long pebbled beach with blue waters located on the northwest side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of Samos with numerous facilities including sunbeds and umbrellas, beach bars and water sports facilities.

Psili Ammos Marathokambos is a long sandy beach with crystalline waters located on the southwest side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Samos. The beach is partially organized with sunbeds and umbrellas.

Tsamadou is a long sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the north side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Samos with amenities including sunbeds and umbrellas. In a close distance, there are taverns and beach bars.

Coffee Corners, Gastronomic Delights & Cocktail Inspirations

Coffee Corners

Cinema: Coffee, Karlovassi
Eu Zein: Coffee, Pythagorio
Del Mar: Coffee, Kokkari
Meteoron: Coffee, Koumaradaioi

Gastronomy Delights

Antonis: Greek Cuisine, Samos
Aperanto: Greek Cuisine, Mycale Beach
Dionysos: Greek Cuisine, Karlovassi
Elia: Greek Cuisine, Pythagorio
Kalamies: Seafood, Kokkari
Kohili: Greek Cuisine, Limnionas
Koutouki Barba Thoma: Greek Cuisine, Pyrgos
Loukas: Greek Cuisine, Manolates
Loukoulos: Greek Cuisine, Kambos
Magazaki Pou Legame: Greek Cuisine, Mytilinii
Meltemi: Seafood, Kokkari
Mythos: Greek Cuisine, Kokkari
Nireas: Greek Cuisine, Kokkari
Nostimies Ouranias: Greek Cuisine, Vathi
Pegasus: Seafood, Pythagorio
Remataki: Greek Cuisine, Pythagorio
Stella: Greek Cuisine, Koumaika
Vrosi: Greek Cuisine, Marathokambos
Vouros: Seafood, Ireon

Cocktails Inspirations

Art: Cocktails and Drinks, Samos
Ble: Cocktails and Drinks, Vathi
Escape: Cocktails and Drinks, Vathi

Local Products & Specialties

The local products of the island include the renowned Samian sweet wine, the excellent thyme honey and the virgin olive oil.

The local products of the island include bourekia, a dish made from handmade dough wrapped with a mixture of pumpkin, onions, feta cheese and olive oil, boxadakia, a dish made from veal sautéed with tomatoes, pepper, sugar and onions wrapped in slices of friend eggplants, tourlou, a dish made from fried pumpkins, potatoes, eggplants, tomatoes, crayfish with onions and peppers baked with lid and pasta, and katimeria, a dessert made from olive oil with crushed mastic, served with a syrup or cheese.

Events & Festivals

Every March, the Orange Festival takes place in the village of Myloi. The festival is accompanied from free fresh orange juice and jams of orange.

Every summer, the Karlovasia Festival takes place in the village. The festival hosts a series of cultural and musical special events.

Every June, the Fishermen Festival takes place in the village of Pythagorio. Free wine and fish dishes are served to the guests accompanied from music and dancing.

Every 17th of July, the traditional celebration in honor of Agia Marina takes place in the village of Vourliotes.

Every 15th of August, the traditional celebration in honor of Virgin Mary takes place in the village of Vathi.

Every August, the Wine Festival takes place in the village of Vathi. The sweet wine of Samos is famous for its delicate taste all over the world.

Every August, the Young Artists Festival takes place in the island of Samos. Numerous talented international and national artists are involved.

Every August, the Ireon Music Festival takes place on the beach of Ireon.

History & Mythology

Mythology

According to mythology, Samos was the birthplace of goddess Hera. Hera was the wife of Zeus. The island is connected with the worship of Hera who was worshipped as the goddess of nature and fertility.

History

Archaeological findings show that the first inhabitants of Samos were the Pelasgians, who established the worship of Goddess Hera, the Leleges, the Phoenicians and the Carians during the Neolithic years. Samos became one of the most powerful city-states of Ionia during the reign of the tyrant Polycrates while the ancient city of Samos was bult on the site of Pythagorion village and it enjoyed economic and cultural prosperity during the 7th century BC being an important artistic center for the Greek world and a huge naval power. The Golden Age of Samos was marked from the tyrant Polycrates, where the island served as a center of letters, arts and sciences and was the hometown of the famous mathematician Pythagoras, the philosopher Epicurus, the fable writer Aesop, and the astronomer Aristarchus, who was the first to argued that the sun was the centre of the universe. It was then that the most important archaeological sites were created including the Temple of Hera and the Efpalinium Tunnel. The Samians helped the Athenians during the battle of Plataea (479BC) while they took part in the Battle of Mycale against the Persian fleet. However, the Spartans ruled Samos during the Peloponnesian Wars while it was conquered from the Romans, the Venetians and the Genoese until it fell under the Ottoman Empire in 1453. The inhabitants of Samos played an important role during the Greek War of Revolution; nevertheless, the Great Powers gave the island back to the Turks, as a semi-autonomous island ruled by a Christian prince, the period of Hegemony of Samos characterised by an enhancement of the fortunes of the inhabitants. Samos was incorporated to the Greek State in 1912.

Travel & Transport

By Air: Samos has an international airport with scheduled flights on an annual basis.  From April to October, there are charter flights from numerous countries of Europe. The journey from Athens usually lasts one hour. Book your tickets with AirTickets.com!

By Boat (223 Nautical Miles): Samos is accessible by boat from the harbour of Piraeus. The journey usually lasts from seven to eight hours. Samos is also connected with the islands of Chios, Fourni, Lesvos and Ikaria amongst others. Book your tickets with FerriesinGreece.com !

Mysterious Greece Tips

About Samos

Samos is the eight largest island of Greece located south of Chios, north of Patmos and off the coast of Asia Minor. The countryside of the island has numerous mountainous villages maintaining their traditions and customs while the endless beaches resemble tropical sceneries. The main settlements of Samos are Karlovassi, Pythagorio and Vathi. It is recommended to have your own vehicle if you want to discover the entire island of Samos. Discover Samos through a photographic journey of Google!

Adventure Experiences in Samos

Either mountaineering or trekking, the imposing masifs of Samos are blessed with lush forests and verdant valleys. Distinguished for its vegetation, Samos is the Mecca for adventure enthusiasts. Countless trekking paths cross the hinterland of the island passing through mountainous villages and impressive natural sceneries including the waterfalls of Karlovassi, the village of Manolates and the village of Stavrianides. Enthusiasts of mountain biking can enjoy off road cycling at its best passsing through the most unapproachable spots of Samos including the Gorge of Kakoperato and the vineyrads of Ambelos Mount. One of the most intriguing sports, however, is rock climbing. The wild rocky landscape of Samos creates a natural climbing field with nine sectors of different climbing style. The western side of Samos is a wonderland for mountaineering and rocky climbing enthusiasts. Blessed from the winds, Samos is also an ideal destination for practicing windsurfing, especially on the northern coast of the island. Samos is even offered for caving! The cave of Pythagoras and the cave of Kakoperatos are some of the most interesting caves with rich stalagmite and stalactite formations.

An Excursion to Samiopoula Isle

Samiopoula is located off the southern coast of Samos. The island is inhabited only from four persons! Samiopoula is renowned for its wild beauty landscapes and its bushy vegetation. The main attraction of the island is the beach of Psalida, as it is considered one of the most beautiful beaches of the area for its fine white sand and turquoise waters. Other attractions include the chapels of Agia Pelagia and Ascension of Christ. Sailing boats can approach Samiopoula through the charming bay of Katsakas sheltered from northwest winds. If you wish, you can stay in one of the few rooms to let. Also, the fish tavern of Samiopoula operates at the beach of Psalida during the summer. Excursion boats operate from the harbors of Limanaki and Pythagorio.

Autumn and Spring in Samos

Distinguished for its verdant vegetation, Samos is an ideal destination for both autumn and spring! The beauty of the countryside and the verdant mountainous sceneries of the island are outstanding in spring while the captivating colours and the blossoming flowers will definitely capture your attention in autumn. The vegetation of Samos is extremely dense and diverse, as the pine forest cover 20% of the surface of the island. Main species include thyme bushes, rare wild orchids and black pine trees. Mediterranean vegetation can be encountered on the foothills of Karvouni and Kerkis mounts while the canyons of Samos are blessed with springs and rivers! Is autumn or spring for you?

Bird Watching in Samos

The flora and fauna of Samos is quite remarkable. The island has the perfect environment for thousands native and migratory birds. In fact, Samos stands for numerous areas with high ecological value that serve as major stations and shelters of migratory birds. Particularly in the mountainous areas of Samos, one will have the opportunity to encounter more than 139 bird species including Phoenicopterus Rubers (Flamingos), Black Buntings, Whiskered Terns, Spanish Sparrows, Eurasian Spoonbill, Lesser Kestrels, Bonelli’s Eagles and Barn Owls. Areas for bird watching include the Wetlands of Alyki and Glyfada, the Aidona Gorge in Vourliotes village, the marsh of Mesokambos and the Mount Kerkis.

Blessed from the Winds

Samos is an excellent destination for windsurfing, especially due to the reliable summer winds. On the northern coast of the island, the winds blow from the left side shore giving some excellent free ride conditions. The mountainous backdrop of Samos makes the island one of the most attractive destinations in Greece, as the backdrop causes regular afternoon thermals.

Cobalt, Emerald and Sapphire Waters

Samos is blessed with some of the finest beaches of the Aegean. Distinguished for its emerald waters and verdant vegetation, some of the beautiful beaches of Samos include  Mikro and Megalo Seitani, Potami, Tsamadou, Tsabou, Kerveli, Psili Ammos, Votsalakia and Potokaki. However, you can discover the ones you want on your own. Samos-Beaches.com can help you discover your favorite!

Dedicate a Day to the Archaeological Site of Heraion

According to mythology, Samos was the birthplace of Goddess Hera. Heraion was established as a sacred sanctuary in the geometrical times until the roman period. During the time of Polycrates, the temple acquired its final form. Great Herodotus considered the sanctuary of Hera as “the largest and most impressive temple in Greece of his time.” Heraion has been included in the world cultural heritage monuments list of Unesco. The sanctuary was actively connected administratively and politically with the ancient city of Samos accessible from the Sacred Way, parts of which have survived until today.  Important findings are now displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Samos. The Archaeological Site of Heraion is located on the southern side of the island. According to mythology, Samos was the birthplace of Goddess Hera.

Exclusively for Photographers

The natural diversity and the hidden hinterland of Santorini offer numerous astonishing sceneries to capture with your eyes! But it would be a shame not to remember those beautiful landscapes, wouldn’t it? So, make sure you bring your camera with you!

Explore the Unexplored: Samos Villages

The natural diversity of Samos hides millions of surpizes! The true gems are the villages of Samos! Head to the village of Ambelos and Stavrinides to admire one of the most beautiful views of the Aegean and visit the beautiful villages of Drakei and Kallithea for its magical sunset. Walk around the village of Karlovassi for the romantic promenades and enjoy the verdant vegetation of Kokkari and Vourliotes villages.  Discover the traditional settlement of Konteika and its charming square and explore the traditional character of Lekka village. Taste the delicious Samian wine in the village of Mytilinii and the excellent thyme honey in the village of Pyrgos. Discover the vineyards of Samos in the villages of Konteika and Platanos and explore the mountainous beauty of Kosmadei village.

Follow the Sacred Way of Samos

Starting from the temple of Heraion, the ancient sacred way of Samos continues towards the harbour of Pythagorio! Follow this ancient cobblestone path to discover the rich history of Samos!

From Samos with Love: Samos Wine

The rich tradition of winemaking of Samos has been known for its sweet taste since antiquity, as it was exported all around the Mediterranean. The Samian Muscat originally came from Asia Minor while it was brought to the island in the end of the 16th century. Today, the Union of Cooperatives of Samos continues the rich winemaking tradition of Samos. In fact, the Samian Muscat has won numerous awards. The gathering of Muscat grapes begins in August up until October. The final evaluation takes place at the wineries in Karlovassi and Vathi. If you wish to discover the rich history of the Samian Wine, you should visit the Wine Museum of Samos in Malagari. It is worth mentioning that the Samian Wine was the first to be recognized as a product with Protected Designation of Origin!

Hiking Higher than Highest

Are you experienced enough to hike to the highest point of Samos? The ascent of the hiking path lies at an altitude of 1.440 meters. Almost all the trail is located on a steep gradient and rocky terrain. The trail starts from the village of Kosmadei and leads to the summit of Kerkis Mount, namely Vigla. It is highly advisable to choose a sunny day, as you might be lost if the weather is cloudy.

It’s Sunset Time

The best sunset locations of Samos include the villages of Drakei, Kallithea and Platanos!

Let the Winds Decide for You

The northern side of the island is affected from strong winds while the eastern and southern coasts have calmer waters. When the wind is too strong, it is advisable to choose one of the beaches of the southern and eastern side of Samos!

Natural Explorations

Blessed with exquisite natural beauty sceneries, Samos is an ideal destination for nature lovers. Follow the scenic sign posted trail that leads to the waterfalls from the village of Potami in order to admire the waterfalls of Karlovassi. One can also follow the route that starts from the village of Manolates to the Valley of Nightingales overflown from verdant vegetation sceneries.

Observing like an Olympian God

Head to the village of Spatharei to admire astonishing views towards the Dodecanese, the islands of Fourni and Ikaria and the Mount of Kerkis and visit the village of Ambelos that gives an impression of a balcony over the Aegean! Lekka village offers amazing views to the valley of Karlovassi and the coast of Asia Minor while the village of Kallithea offers beautiful views to the islands of Chios and Ikaria!

Off the Beaten Track: West and South Samos

The southernmost and the westernmost parts of Samos are considered to be the most beautiful areas of the island!

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Efpalinium Tunnel: Roland Lüthi by Panoramio

Heraion: Shutterstock

Hora: Leonidas Papakosmas by Panoramio

Kakoperatos Gorge: Phaethon by Panoramio

Kerkis Mountain: Kosmas1821 by Flickr

Landscape: Anastasiouu by Panoramio

Manolates Village: Phaethon by Panoramio

Megalo Seitani Beach: Peter Shutter by Flickr

Mikri Lakka beach: Leonidas Papakosmas by Panoramio

Mytilinii Village: Anastassiou by Panoramio

Plaka Beach: Patrick Meier by Flickr

Potami Beach: Najots by Flickr

Pythagorio Town: Roland Lüthi by Panoramio

Samiopoula Islet: Nikolaos Angelis by Wikimedia

Samos Town: Nikos Chatziiakovou by Digital-camera.gr

Spatharei Village: Rovertos by Panoramio