SAMOS TRAVEL GUIDE
Find out everything about your holidays in Samos on our travel guide! Samos is one of the Greek islands standing out for its stunning beaches and beautiful natural landscape. It is a great destination for holidays in nature!
The island’s capital is Vathi, but a drive along the coastline will get you to many picturesque seaside villages, such as Kokkari, Pythagorion, Karlovassi, and Heraion. As for Samos beaches, they boast an exotic landscape. Tsamadou, Agios Konstantinos, Potokaki and Lemonakia are some of the top beaches in Samos. Thanks to its large size, Samos Greece has a wide variety of beaches, both secluded and organized! There are some naturist beaches, too.
Samos is also a perfect base for quick getaways! For those who are in the mood for a quick trip, there is a daily ferry connection between Samos and Kusadasi in Turkey.
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Samos is not only one of the most popular, but also one of the most beautiful islands in Greece. This gem of the Eastern Aegean stands out for its lush green natural setting, quaint fishing villages, and stunning beaches. Given that Samos island sits very close to the Turkish coasts, there are daily ferries to Kusadasi in Turkey. What’s more, holidays in Samos is a great opportunity for island hopping to the nearby islands of Ikaria and Fourni.
The coastal line of Samos is fringed with many beautiful beaches, such as Tsamadou, Tsabou, Psili Ammos and Agios Konstantinos. If you manage to peel yourself away from the beautiful Samos beaches, you should go sightseeing. There are many archaeological monuments and sites from several historical periods all around the island. According to the myth, Samos was the island of the ancient Greek goddess Hera. That’s why locals constructed a large sanctuary, the Heraion, in her honor. Close to the Heraion, there’s the Tunnel of Eupalinus, which used to be the aqueduct of Ancient Samos and among the greatest technological achievements of its time.
For those who love exploration, there are even more places to discover in Samos. One of them is the Monastery of Panagia Spiliani above Pythagorion. There, you’ll find a mysterious cave church, where the holy icon of the Virgin Mary was allegedly found. Those who prefer trekking will be happy to know that many hiking paths are crossing the island!
Samos island makes a perfect destination for adventurous holidays in nature!
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HOW TO GET TO SAMOS?
Samos island can be reached by ferry from the port of Piraeus, in Athens. It can also be reached by plane (International airport).
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HIGHLIGHTS: BEST THINGS TO DO
Discover the best things to do in Samos! From Samos sightseeing to activities, we give you the best recommendations for the ultimate Samos holidays experience!
A large beach with exotic waters, Tsamadou is located on the northern side of the island. 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.
Potokaki is a lovely, pebbled beach close to Pythagorion, on the southern side of the island. It is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas and it gets very busy in summer.
Lemonakia is a crystal, pebbled beach on the northern side of the island. 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 this island. Many interesting sites are found in the region, such as the temple of Heraion and the Tunnel of Eupalinus.
This collection is housed in the Town Hall of Pythagorion. It contains sculptures, inscriptions, statues and fragments of graves dating back to the Archaic and the Roman period.
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.
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.
Since Samos is very close to the Turkish coasts, many daily tours are frequently held to Kusadasi, the Turkish town right opposite Samos.
It is housed in a magnificent 19th-century stone building, which originally operated as a private winery and later as a warehouse and barrel-making facility.
This cave is the place where the famous mathematician Pythagoras was hiding when his political opponents were chasing after him.
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.
Close to Karlovassi and Potami, there is a region of natural beauty with lush greenery, small rivers, and waterfalls. This is an ideal place to stroll around in nature.
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 can be practiced in Samos, particularly in the bay of Kokkari and in other beaches on the northern side of the island.