Samos Sightseeing

Samos sightseeing
Sightseeing: 22 things to see in Samos island

Samos is a large island that has something for everyone: from large beach resorts to rustic villages, forests and interesting sightseeing. As Samos is an island with a long history, there are many sights that date from the ancient times, such as the Sanctuary of Heraion and the Tunnel of Eupalinus. A very interesting sight to visit in Samos is also the Monastery of Panagia Spiliani, located above Pythagorion. Apart from swimming in fantastic beaches and strolling around villages, Samos is a great place for hiking. Many hiking paths cross the green forests in the center of the island, leading to waterfalls and secluded coves.

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In this section, you can see the best Samos Sightseeing but also things to see by location.
You can also view all things to see in Samos by category: villages, beaches, museums, and churches or view our suggested excursions.

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Best Sightseeing

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The tradition said that in this village goddess Hera was born and grew up. This is why a sanctuary to Hera (Heraion) was constructed in the ancient times. The temple was destroyed in the 6th century BC for an unknown reason. Its renovation was never completed. Later on, the sanctuary was turned into a Christian church.

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This tunnel is dried today but it used to be the aquaduct of the ancient city of Samos and one of the greatest technological achievements in the ancient times.

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This tower was built in the 19th century by Lykourgos Logothetis, the leader of the Revolution of Samos against the Turks. Two Roman galleries and a beautiful church are found in the yard of the castle.

Location: Pythagorion
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The Monastery of Panagia Spiliani is located on top of a hill in Pythagorion. Its location offers a wonderful view of the village and the port.

Best villages

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Location: On the eastern side of the island
Description: Vathy (or Samos Town) is the capital and largest port of the island. The village spreads on the slopes around the port and gives nice view to the sea.

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Location: 10 km north west of Vathy
Description: Kokkari is a picturesque tourist resort that amazes visitors with its special atmosphere. Fishing boats and yachts moor in its small port.

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Location: 32 km north west of Vathy
Description: Beautiful mansions and impressive greenery distinguish this small village, on the northern side of Samos. This is one of the prettiest villages on the island.

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Location: 11 km south west of Vathy
Description: One of the most beautiful villages on Samos, Pythagorion gets popular in summer as a lovely tourist resort. It is built around the port and distinguishes for its traditional architecture and the beautiful waterfront.

Best beaches

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Location: 13 km north west of Vathy
Description: Tsamadou is among the most beautiful beaches in Samos. Surrounded by lush greenery and with crystal water, a part of this beach is for nudism.

Type: Pebbled, Family Friendly, Partly Organized

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Location: 14 km south west of Vathy
Description: 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.

Type: Pebbled, Family Friendly, Partly Organized, Water sports

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Location: 13 km north west of Vathy
Description: Lemonakia is a picturesque beach close to the tourist resort of Kokkari. It is organized and has soft sand on the shore.

Type: Pebbled, Family Friendly, Organised

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