Samos is one of the most beautiful islands of Greece in the east
Aegean, Samos is a green island with forests and with many places to
visit. It is very close to Turkey, only about 1km, and has become many
peoples favourite Greek island. Samos is also the island of Pythagoras
one of the most famous mathematicians of the Greek antiquity.
It is a fairly large island, and the people on the island live off
tourism and agriculture, mainly olives and fruit. The local wine is well
known and worth a try. The ouzo also from Samos is one of the best in
Greece. Samos is famous as well for its shipbuilding of Greek fishing
boats the kaikia or trehantiria.
Most holidaymakers stay in Pythagorion (which was the ancient capital of
the island) or Kokkari one of the most picturesque
villages of the island, 10 km from Vathy on the north side of Samos. The
resort is ideal for wind surfing and has very nice beaches. Both places have many shops, restaurants and bars but they
have still not been over commercialised. The latter is considered a very
good spot for surfing since it is situated at the windy north coast.
Vathy is the main town and capital of Samos. The town has a lot of
tourism during the summer and many interesting places to see. The town
is divided to the new town of the ano Vathy and the old town with many
places to stay, restaurants and accommodations.
Because of its past, Samos has many places of interest, and it is a very
good idea to rent a vehicle and explore the island on your own.
Samos is mostly a mountainous island of the north east Aegean. The
capital of the island is Samos or Vathy with has 5575 inhabitants. The island is very
near to Turkey, with narrow channel, the Strait of Samos, that separates
Samos from the coast of Turkey. The island has many natural beauties
and is very green.
Its coast line has many wonderful beaches surrounded
by pine forests. To the east is the island of Ikaria only a few miles
away to the south are the islands of Agathonisi, Patmos and Lipsi and to
the north are the islands of Chios and Lesvos. Before taking its final
name, the island was called Anthemia (flower blossom) because of its
natural beauty.According to Strabo, its name means a coastal
The island has three large bays, the Vathi bay,
Marathokambos bay and Tigani and many capes.The coast of Samos has a
total length of about 159 km The island has an area of 472.48 square km
and its territory is mountainous with high mountains like Kerkis with
steep slopes and ravines and Ampelos with highest peak the Prophet
Elias (1060 m).Lower branches of these two mountains is Kokrou Dere,
the thick mountain, Bairaktari, Mpournias etc.
Samos has no rivers.But
there are plenty of water, streams, rivers and streams. There are 3
geothermal water sources with small ferrous quantity. Samos is the
manufacturing centre of the prefecture.The island has a significant
wine industry and many companies that producing Ouzo.There is also
several manufacturing companies that processing agricultural products.
The island main export is wine and especially the sweet white Samiotiko
wine as well as tobacco.
History Samos is historically a
very interesting place. It was an important island during ancient times
since it was a rich island that traded with the rest of Greece, the
Phoenicians and Persians.
According to mythology, the goddess
Hera was born here, and there are still ruins of her temple to be
seen, the Heraion.
It was also an intellectual center with various famous people living and
working there. One of ancient Greece's best known scientists,
Pythagoras, was from this island, but
Aesop also lived here. The island flourished economically and
culturally during the 6th and 5th century, but had a drawback when it
tried to revolt against Athens in 440 BC to which it was forced to pay
Later on, Samos was to be a Roman province, and during Byzantine years
the island kept its prosperity. When the Turks invaded in the 15th
century, Samos lost its freedom and was uninhabited for a century. The
island was not to be Greek again until 1931, even though the Greek
revolution had started in 1821.
What to See The
capital of Samos is Vathy or Samos with little, winding streets, is very beautiful, situated in a bay, with
neoclassic architecture, historical churches like Agios Spyridonas and Agia
Irini, the byzantine church of St john and the Monastery of Zoodochos
Pigi. There is also a painting exhibition and . an
archaeological museum with many artefacts from the excavation of the
temple to Hera , as well as a Byzantine museum with exhibits from the
religious and byzantine past of the island.The town is actually divided
into the old and the new capital. The old capital, Ano
Vathy, is built on a hilltop. Every summertime, in the early
evening, the long promenade of Vathy is buzzing with people taking a
stroll and stopping at the numerous restaurants and cafeterias which
line the seafront. The town of Vathy has some impressive neo-classical
buildings. The town hall has an art gallery which exhibits paintings of
the famous Greek artist, Nikiphoros Litras. There is also an interesting
archaeological museum which displays findings from the excavation of the
village of Heraion. The Byzantine museum is
another place worth seeing with its fascinating exhibits from the
Byzantine era. Close to Vathy are some wonderful beaches.
Pythagoreon is the third largest village, and is in itself worth
visiting. Here, there is a small archaeological museum, as well as some
interesting churches. There is also a Venetian citadel here, and a
little further away you can visit the monastery of Panagia Spiliani (The
Virgin Mary of the Cave). Ancient ruins of the old town can be seen
here, as well as the water tunnel/pipe of Eupalinus from the 6th century
You can also visit the ruins of the Hera temple, Heraion. What you see
today dates back to the 6th century BC, but the first temple built to
her honour here was actually constructed in the 13th century BC and was
made of wood.
The villages Pyrgos and Marathokambos as well as the town Karlovasi,
where there are some waterfalls, are well worth visiting. The fishing
village Ireon is very picturesque. For nature lovers, the Valley of the
Nightingales is a lovely place.
Marothokampos is a picturesque village of
Samos and is located 40km to the west of the capital.
On the nearby mountain of Kerkis, the
highest mountain in the Aegean, you can visit
the Cave of Pythagoras where the famous
mathematician of the Greek Antiquity, Pythagoras,
used to hide from the persecution of the
tyrant of Samos, Polycrates.
Close to this lies another cave where a small church is secreted inside.
In Kakoperato is another interesting cave with its fascinating formations
of stalactites and stalagmites. This cave is located close to the beach
of Votsalakia on the
west side of Marothokampos. In the area there is the interesting
Monastery of St. Joan, which can be reached by boat from Ormos. Above
the village of Kalithea there is another cave that has a small, old
church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, inside are some beautiful frescoes.
Another interesting village to visit is the village of Mitilinioi,
Mitilinioi village stands today, the ancient city Hissia
was. It is a place
of great paleontologic interest and many fossils have been found
here of animals which existed
some million years ago. Samples of the fossils can be seen today
in the Paleontological Museum of the area. Among them you can see
fossils of dwarf elephants, a prehistorical lions,
giraffes, rhinoceros and a
Karlovassi is another town and port of Samos,
it used to be once a great
commercial centre. This greatness can be imagined today when
you marvel at the many mansions and monuments that still
exist in the town. Some of the most important old buildings
still exist and are being used for practical civil purposes.
These include the building which today is the School of
Mathematics, and the buildings which now house the primary
school and the Magistrates Court. Nearby Kalovassi there are
ruins of a Byzantine fortress and adjacent to this is a
church which dates from the 11th century AD. In the village
of Kondokaika is the interesting monastery of St Hellias
that dates from the 17th century AD and
has wonderful Byzantine frescoes.
What to Do
:Try to explore the villages on the island, especially the ones in the
mountains. You'll also find water sports on the island as well as great
opportunities for snorkelling and fishing. Boat trips to Turkey are also
offered, as well as to neighbouring islands. There is a daily hydrofoil
that connects the island with the Dodecanese islands of Patmos, Lipsi,
Leros,Kalymnos and Kos ,so you can make a day trip to one of those
islands. There are several festivals on Samos. The most
interesting is the festival held on Vathi which celebrates the unification of
Samos with the rest of Greece on the 11th of November. On the 20th August is the
festival which celebrates St. Hellias. This festival
is held at Karlovasi where you can enjoy a special dish made from meat and
wheat, called giorti. This is given to everyone free of charge. As everywhere in
Greece, the Assumption of the Virgin Mary on 15th August is a special day in
Samos. In June there is the Fisherman’s Festival in Pithagorio. On 6th August is
the commemoration of the Battle of Mycale, held in Portokaki.
Surfers love the north side because of its winds, so most go to the
village Kokkari. It is not well suited for children since it is stony
and the waves often are high. For families it is better to go to the
beaches Psili Ammos ot Potokaki. Samos's beaches are either pebble or
sand ones. Although not a beach, the waterfalls near Karlovassi are
wonderful for swimming.Samos has plenty of beaches all around its coast
line. Here you will find some of the best beaches in the
north east Aegean. The beaches of Samos are mainly pebble
and sand. Many of them are well organised and accessible by
car, buses or bikes. On the organised beaches you will find
umbrellas, sun beds, beach bars and taverns or restaurants.
Beaches in Vathy Samos: Near and around Vathy the capital of
Samos are the beaches of Mykali with pebbles very long and
well organised with water sports facilities and restaurants.
The beach of Psili Ammos is a sandy beach not so long but
with nice sand and shallow waters. Another beach in Vathy is
Poseidonio beach accessible by cat or scooter, pebbles and
organise with umbrellas and a restaurant.
Near to the village Avlakia you will find the beach of
Tsampou with pebbles but affected from the Meltemi winds.
Near to Kokkari located probably the best beach of Samos the
Tsamadou beach that you can see on every tourist liflet
about Samos. Its surrounded by green landscape with crystal
blue waters and white pebbles. You can get there by car but
you have to walk about 180 meters to get to the beach. Very
near to Tsamadou is Lemonakia beach another wonderful beach
of Samos with pebbles and well organised.
The beach of Kokkari is ideal for windsurfing with many
facilities, cafes, restaurants and umbrellas and has become
a meeting point mainly for German surfers but is getting
rough with the meltemi.
Samos nightlife : For the most
bars and discos Samos town Vathy is the best place to go. There is also
a quite good nightlife in Karlovassi and Pythagorion.
Food: Samos has both international and
Greek restaurants. The widest variety is in Vathy. Give the local wine a
try. There are also many traditional taverns in the smaller villages, and
they often have their very own specialties. Sometimes you'll have to ask for
them since they are not on the menu.
Shopping: The local wine and Ouzo is
a nice souvenir to enjoy during cold winter nights at home. Samos also
produces a lot of ceramics, but also religious items like icons are good
buys. The island also has quite a lot of art and antiques, as well as
clothes, leatherwear and jewellery. Samos also has a special kind of rugs
which are called Flokati.
Getting Around Apart from the
possibilities or rent a car or a bike, you can also get around fairly
easy with the local buses. There are also boats that can take you to
some of the beaches, as well as the little island Samiopoula.
3 star hotel Kerveli in Samos located in Kerveli in a
very quiet area to the east part of Samos with excellent
views in Turkey. The hotel is very clean with friendly staff
and very good food in the restaurant of the hotel. The area
is vey nice with many trees ,the sea has crystal blue waters
and you can swim there from the private pier of the hotel .
There is also a swimming pool and a bar where you can relax
and enjoy the view. The hotel offers car and bicycle hire.
3 star Ino Village Hotel located in Kalami very near
to Samos town. the hotel's location offers a panoramic view
to Samos town and the sea.
The Ino Village is only 10 minutes away from Samos port with
its shopping centre, restaurants, cafes and bars. The beach
is very near to the hotel just 450 meters. This
accommodation is an ideal place to make it your base for
exploring Samos. the hotel offers a large swimming pool,
bar, restaurant and garden.
hotel is a 3 star accommodation in Samos. This three
floor hotel situated only a few meters from the beach and
all of its rooms have sea views and balconies.
There is a lounge room and a large terrace where you can
have your breakfast or later a drink enjoying the amazing
sunset. The hotel Mirini offers AC in all rooms, elevator,
free internet access and parking.
hotel Kerkis Bay with comfortable rooms all build in
traditional style, located in the picturesque village of
Marathokampos in samos.All rooms have modern facilities
including air condition, satellite tv, private balconies and
fridge. In the hotel Kerkis you will find the typical
hospitality of Samos and a friendly staff. In the
restaurants you will taste the best Greek cuisine and in the
bar you can enjoy a drink. the hotel has rooms for disabled
guests and family rooms.
Getting There: Samos during he
summer has a lot of charter connections with many west European
countries. Many tourists choose to fly to Samos and from there to visit
some of the near by Dodecanese islands like Patmos and Leros by
hydrofoils. The journey is about one to one and a half hour. Samos has its
own airport. If you are travelling on your own you can also take from
Athens a ferry boat from Piraeus, there are about five a week,
during high season daily. From Samos you can also get to other islands
like Paros, Naxos, Leros, Kalymnos, Patmos and Kos. The hydrofoils run
mainly during high season. You can also go to Turkey.
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| Size: 470 sq. km
||International code: 0030
|Population: about 50
||Local code: 22730
|Cash machine: Yes
|Internet cafe: Yes
||Port Police 27890
||Telephone company (OTE)
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