One of the most popular islands of Greece, Samos distinguishes for the fabulous beaches and the lush greenery. Where is Samos island, how to get, where to stay, hotels and accommodations, restaurants and taverns, places to visit, coasts, best beaches, nightlife, you may find all information about this Greek island.
Although Vathi is the capital town, tourism is spread in many beautiful seaside places around the coastline, mostly Kokkari, Pythagorion, Karlovassi and Heraion. Tsamadou, Agios Konstantinos, Potokaki and Lemonakia are amazing beaches with exotic water, but due to its large size, Samos island has many lovely beaches, either organized or totally secluded. Few naturist beaches can also be found. Samos Greece is also famous for the tasty wine that is produced there since the ancient times. In summer, there is daily connection between the island and the cosmopolitan resort of Kusadasi in Turkey.
Where is Samos island
The island of Hera and Pythagoras, more beaches than you can count and a famous wine to sweeten your evenings combine to create a unique island setting.One of the most popular Greek islands, this is a true gem with lush green nature, fishing villages and wonderful Samos beaches. Samos Island belongs to the complex of North Aegean. It is geographically located very close to the Turkish coasts and in fact there are daily boat tours between Samos and Kusadasi in Turkey. This beautiful Greek island is dotted with fantastic beaches, like Tsamadou, Tsabou, Psili Ammos, Agios Konstantinos and more. Holidays in Samos can be combined with other islands, like Ikaria or Fourni.
Samos Island ruled by legend and beauty. It is the island of the father of mathematics, Pythagoras, the astronomer Aristarchus and the philosopher Epicurus. It is the home of Hera and the land that hosted Herodotus and Aesop. An important center of trade in the Aegean and a major naval force in antiquity, it came into contact with important Mediterranean cultures.
It is no accident that the great historian Herodotus considered Samos first among all Greek and barbarian cities. Centre of the Ionian civilization, the island saw times of indescribable splendour, which still remains. Even today, its proximity to the coast of Asia Minor makes the island a ‘bridge’ between the two cultures, a difference that did not hinder the co-existence, cooperation and friendship of the two peoples living across the water from each other.
The mythical birthplace of Hera, Samos is home to the largest temple in Greece (according to Herodotus) at the seaside settlement of Heraion, dedicated exclusively to the goddess of marriage and women. Of its 155 gigantic columns, only one still stands and is indicative of the scale of this place of religious worship that includes ruins of at least three earlier temples.
On this luxuriantly green island on the northeastern edge of the Aegean, covered by pine forests, olive groves, citrus groves and vineyards, myth and history take on a special allure. This was the birthplace of the goddess Hera, Zeus’ wife; of Aristarchos, the celebrated astrophysicist who first expounded the theory of the earth’s rotation; and of the great mathematician Pythagoras. On this island in the North Aegean, you will see traces of their presence, as you discover Samos’ cool, clear waters, untouched mountain villages, delicious local foods and superb sweet wine and let them beguile you.
How to go Samos island
Hot to get Samos by ferry?
The island has three major ferry ports: Pithagorion, Karlosvassi and Vathi. Most ferry connections to Samos are made via a stop-over in Turkey.
Samos is easily reached by ferry from Pireaus. The trip is about 8 to 14 hours (depending boat) and ferries usually stop at both Karlovassi and Vathi. There are less frequent connections to Chios, Lesvos, and the islands of the Dodecanesos which you can reach on frequent high-speed in the summer months. There are daily boats to Kusadasi, Turkey where you can visit the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, one of the world’s most incredible archaeological sites. Samos has an airport so you can fly there from Athens. There are three sites daily and one in the summer.
Three daily ferries are going to the island of Ikaria (2,5hours) and one to the small island of Fourni (2 hours.)
Three weekly ferries are sailing to Chios (4 hours), one weekly to Lesvos (7 hours), Limnos (11 hours), Alexandroupolis (20 hours) and Kavala (20 hours).
Two daily ferries are going to the harbour of Piraeus (13 hours).
Daily ferries are calling in Naxos (6,5 hours). Paros (6 hours), Mykonos, Ios, Santorini and Syros. Five weekly ferries are linking Samos to Patmos (2,5 hours) and one weekly to Leros (3,5 hours), Kalymnos (4 hours), Kos (5,5 hours) and Rhodes (9 hours).
In summer, two daily ferries are linking the island of Samos with Kusadasi (Ephesus) in Turkey. Tickets can be bought from various travel agencies. A passport is obligatory.
Hot to get Samos by flight?
Samos International Airport “Aristarchos” is lying 4 km west of the village of Pythagorion, with daily connections to a number of countries. However, the easiest way to reach Samos by air is to fly first into Athens and then catch a connecting flight to Samos. 4 daily flights are linking the island with Athens and 2 weekly with the town of Thessaloniki (in northern Greece). The airline company of Air Manos flies daily to Athens and twice weekly to Thessaloniki and the islands of Mykonos and Santorini.
The flights to Samos time take aprox. 1 hour.
Things to do and see in Samos island
An archaeologist’s treasure chest
Samos has more than its share of antiquities and attractions for you to unearth. Among them, the walls of Polykrates, the Ancient Theatre and Roman Baths, and the amazing tunnel of Eupalinos, one of the great engineering feats of all time. Finally, the Temple of Hera, and the sanctuary around it, in the supposed place of her birth, was one of the largest temples in Greece.
Vathy, living traditions in the present tense
Have a wander round the old part of Samos’ main port-town, built on a hillside overlooking the sea. The narrow streets and handsome two-storey houses with tiled roofs and charming individual features, will give you a glimpse of pre-20th-century life. Some homes attract your attention with an elegant stone staircase, others will have interestingly carved wooden doors, or the enclosed balconies typical of Anatolia. But walk down to the waterfront and you’re back in today. The town extends around the deep bay that gave it its name.
Aperitif with a pedigree
Samos’ reputation for fine wine goes back to antiquity. It’s no accident that the Catholic Church used to have a special order of accredited Samos wine for its Holy Communion services. Today the famous local grape, muscat blanc a petits grains, continues to produce a dessert wine that has oenophiles raving.
Beaches of Samos Island
Here you’ll have an embarrassment of choices and the fun of searching for the one you like best. Do you prefer organised beaches or private pristine stretches? Infinity beaches or intimate coves? Crowded and sophisticated or remote-and-bring-your-own-picnic? Sand or fine pebbles? Beaches of every type skirt the island. On the north coast, you could start with popular Kokkari and the quieter beaches next door (Lemonakia, Tsamadou, Tsambou) as far as Agios Konstantinos.
Near Karlovasi there’s Potami, a big, beautiful strand, with a few bars and restaurants behind it. At Vathy, everyone flocks to Psili Ammos (‘fine sand’) and Mykali, a beach that goes on forever. The south coast offers Kambou, Votsalakia (‘little pebbles’) and gorgeous Chrysi Ammos (‘golden sand’). Take your pick or try them all.
What to do in Samos
Sturdy Samos ships
The pine of Samos is harder and more resistant to weather than other types of the wood. Its excellent quality led to shipbuilding becoming a major occupation on the island.
A genuine shipyard from the past
From the ancient Samaines, wooden biremes that dominated the Aegean in the 6th century BC, until the advent of the steamship, the boats of Samos were always superior. You can still see one of the last tarsanas or shipyards from this period at Agios Isidoros.
Mountain villages, the aces up Samos’ sleeve
Drag yourself off that beach you discovered and venture into the mountains. Here you’ll find delightful hamlets tucked into lush green slopes, idyllic holiday settings. Mt Kerketea and the area from Potami to Mikro and Megalo Seitani form a vast, undeclared natural park, just the place to enjoy the other side of Samos’ character.
The cave of Pythagoras
Found at the foothills of Mt Kerketea is a cave where, according to some sources, Pythagoras hid when the tyrant Polykratis was pursuing him. There is also another version of history which says that Pythagoras used the cave as a sanctuary to contemplate philosophical issues undisturbed. Some 320 steps lead to the entrance of the cave, from where the view is spectacular.
Where to stay in Samos island
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