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Samos in Greece
Many mistakenly believe that Samos belongs to the Dodecanese islands, but it is not. Samos belong to Eastern Aegean islands, together with Chios, Fourni, Ikaria, Lesvos (Mytilini), Oinousses and Psara.
Pythagorion on Samos.
The two nearest neighbouring islands is Fourni and Agathonissi (which, however, lies in the Dodecanese). Samos is a large island with an area of 478 km2 and nearly 33,000 inhabitants. It makes Samos to Greece's eighth largest island to the surface, and the country's ninth most populated island. The highest mountain is Kerkis and is 1,440 meters above sea level.
Samos Town, or Vathy as is the real name.
Samos has nice beaches, fabulous nature, tourist-friendly villages as well as genuine villages, nice hikes, good roads, waterfalls, interesting sites, good wine, good food, it is close to Turkey... In short: Samos has something for everyone. It is hard to get tired of this island that see many travellers return year after year. Actually, some people I know have travelled to Samos for 15 years straight. Each time they stay longer, and they still claim there is more to discover.
The well-photographed peninsula of Kokkari.
What I think is best with Samos is the nature and the many fine country villages. Driving around the island is a delight, every minute is a pleasure. Those of you who've driven the road to the mountain village Drakei know exactly what I'm talking about. I also like Pythagorion very much, there is, among other things, one of the most cozy harbor promenades in all of Greece.
Samos is a very beautiful island, like here in Posidonio.
TRAVEL TO SAMOS
VILLAGES ON SAMOS
The island has many pleasant villages, and particularly the mountain villages is an important part of Samos' grandeur. One of these, Manolates, is by many considered one of the most picturesque in the entire Greek island world. Other lovely villages are Kokkari, Drakei, Kastania, Ireon, Chora and Mytilini, Pirgos, Abelos, Leka, Koumadarai, Marathokabos, Karlovassi, Kalami, Agia Paraskevi, Stavrinides and Ormos Marathokampos.
The beach in Votsalakia on southwest Samos.
Samos Town is the capital and administrative centre of the island, and have around than 6,000 residents. It is called Samos, or Vathy, and is a pleasant place with amazingly beautiful houses. I the winding alleys you will find small stores, ouzeries and kafénions. There is a pretty good beach in Samos Town called Gagou beach.
The archaeological museum is well worth seeing. Tourism has not been able to strike its claws into Samos town, at least not to the same extent as in for example Kokkari and Pythagorion. T
Pythagorion (see picture at the top of the page) is situated at a horseshoe-shaped bay. And it offers one of the best harbour promenades you can find. You are surrounded by taverns and bars, and along the docks the big luxury boats lie beside sailboats, trip-boats and fishing boats. A pleasant harbour indeed.
Even though Pythagorion is dominated by tourism, you can still find true Greek everyday life. In the alleys, where many Greeks have their homes, you find old men selling fish and vegetables and in the Greek stores the older women are sitting waiting for the customers to arrive. Along the main street lie several shops, travel agencies, souvenir stores, banks, and moped- and car rentals.
You also find two beachs in Pythagorion: Tarsanas and Remataki. And a statue of the mathematician Pythagoras.
Remataki beach in Pythagorion.
Kokkari is Samos second largest tourist resort after Pythagorion. The village is located on the coast west of Samos town. Along the very nice port promenade are tavernas and bars.
Also along the beach in Kokkari - consisting of pebbles - are several taverns, bars and cafes. The small peninsula in Kokkari is very beautiful and belongs to the most photographed objects on Samos.
Votsalakia is typical holiday resort and has a 2 kilometres long sand and rubble-stone beach. The road to Drakei runs through the village. On the one side you have the beach and on the other lies small hotels, tavernas, mini markets and everything else that belongs to a package resort.
Lukas Taverna in Manolates.
Manolates is the village above all of Samos' villages and one of the islands most popular outings. It is situated 380 meters above sea level in a verdant long valley on the north side of Samos. The main road that runs through the village is like a dream. Perhaps a bit tourist-like in some places, but it does not get to you. Most of the stores sell art and pottery and many nice taverns lies in the village.
You must eat at Lukas Taverna when you are here. They serve excellent food and offers a fantastic view over the sea and the Nightingale valley.
BEACHES IN SAMOS
SIGHTS ON SAMOS
The greatest sight on Samos is without a doubt the magnificent nature. Especially on the west side of the island. The mountain villages should also count as one of the main attractions. But mans hand has also made its mark on Samos, perhaps most strikingly when constructing the claustrophobically Eupalinos water-pipe-tunnel above Pythagorion. Other sights are the archaeological museums in Vathy and Pythagorion, temple of Hera close to Ireon, and the waterfall above Potami beach.
Potami beach close to the waterfall.
From the beautifully suited monastery Panagia tis Spilianis above Pythagorion you have a fascinating view over the town and Potokaki beach. The cloister garth is leafy and nice looking. Grand cypresses stand as proud Olympic winners by the chapels.
Panagia Spiliani monastery above Pythagorion.
To the left of the chapels lies a cave which hosts a strange church, which has given the monastery its name. The Greek word for cave is spilia. Down the stairs to the right you see the pretty little blue church, which at most have room for four to five visitors at the time. The cave is cool and perfect place to refresh. Have in mind that you should be properly dressed and cover your arms and legs when visiting the monastery.
ACCOMMODATION ON SAMOS
We always stay at Samaina Hotel when we visit Samos. It is an very good hotel located in a quiet area in the heart of Pythagorion. It is a family hotel run by the friendly family Gleoudis. The location is perfect: just 250 meters from the nearest beach and only two minutes walk from the center.