One of the most popular islands of Greece, Samos is a true gem with lush green nature, fishing villages and wonderful beaches. The island belongs to the complex of Eastern Aegean.
Things to see and do
The island of Samos is one of the Greek islands of the Aegean Sea and it belongs to the Eastern Aegean islands group. Sightseeings are plenty and date from all historical periods. According to the myth, Samos island was the island of goddess Hera, which is why the locals constructed a large sanctuary to her honor, the Heraion. This sanctuary can be visited today. In close distance to Heraion, there is the Tunnel of Eupalinus, the aqueduct of Ancient Samos and among the greatest technological achievements of that era.
Very interesting is also the Monastery of Panagia Spiliani above Pythagorion, with a cave church where the icon of Virgin Mary was found. If you enjoy trekking, you will love the island due to the many trekking paths of the inland passing through villages and places of natural beauty. After a long day at the beaches of Samos, enjoy local dishes at the many seaside restaurants.
Even though accommodation in Samos is spread in various spots on the island, many venues are concentrated in the coastal villages of Kokkari, Pythagorion, Karlovassi, Vathy and Marathokampos. Accommodation in these areas is varied, ranging from stone-built hotels, traditional studios and self-catering apartments to large resorts with swimming pools and spa therapies. Many seaside accommodation can also be found along the beaches of Samos, only few steps from the sea.
Highlights in Samos
A large beach with exotic waters, Tsamadou is located on the northern side of Samos. Part of this beach is organized, while another part is used by naturists.
Kokkari is among the most tourist places in Samos, without losing its relaxing atmosphere and traditional style. Many accommodations and nice beaches are found in the region.
Lemonakia is a crystal, pebbled beach on the northern side of Samos. This place is organized and provides a good chance for a long day at the beach.
Pythagorion is a charming seaside village on the southern side of Samos. Many interesting sites are found in the region, such as the temple of Heraion and the Tunnel of Eupalinus.
Dating from the 6th century BC, this sanctuary was dedicated to goddess Hera. According to the myth, this is where Zeus and Hera had their honeymoon.
The organized beach of Psili Ammos is another lovely place to spend a day at the sea. It has soft golden sand, crystal waters and organized facilities.
Constructed in the 6th century BC, this tunnel was a great technical work of the ancient times. This was a water tunnel and its construction took only ten years.
Karlovassi is a beautiful village and one of the two ports in Samos. Many places of natural beauty and wonderful beaches are found in the region. On the slopes of the hill is the old quarter of the town.
On the hill above Pythagorion is the interesting Monastery of Panagia Spiliani, constructed on top of a cave where a miraculous icon was found.
Windsurfing is a popular sports in Samos, particularly in the bay of Kokkari and in other beaches on the northern side of the island.