Samos is a beautiful, green island, mostly famous for the production of wine from antiquity until nowadays, it is full of olive groves, pinewoods and vineyards. Moreover, the extended beaches, the crystal clear waters and the traditional settlements, interspersed all over the beautiful landscape, compose a charming icon, rendering the island of Samos an ideal resort for your vacations. It is also considered to be a perfect choice for your holidays, if you are interested in combining your ecological and paleontological interests.
Samos or Vathi, the capital and the port of the island, is very beautiful. It offers a warm Mediterranean climate, where few rainfalls occur during the hot summers and the mild winters. Built amphitheatrically, it is one of the most beautiful isolated towns. It offers neoclassic architecture, historical churches, a painting exhibition, little winding streets and museums. It is also a lively place, full of touristy facilities, accommodations, bars, discos and nightclubs.
Karlovassi is the second largest town of Samos. Beautiful mansions and impressive churches embellish the town. Deserted tanneries are still standing, reminding one of the time when they flourished and brought wealth its inhabitants. Pottery shops can also be found here. There is also a quite good nightlife in Karlovassi. And although it isn’t a beach, the waterfalls here are wonderful for swimming.
Pythagoreon is the third largest village, which at one time was the capital city. It is one of the most beautiful villages of Samos. Old and newest houses are blended together and separated by whitewashed narrow streets and stairs on which the inhabitants of the village have painted various flowers and other naive drawings. There is a small archaeological museum, some interesting churches, a Venetian citadel and the Monastery of Panagia Spiliani (The Virgin Mary of the Cave), ancient ruins of the Hera temple, as well as the water tunnel/pipe of Eupalinus.
The picturesque village of Kokkari is full of vineyards, pine and olive trees. Its beaches are considered a very great place for surfing, since it is situated at the windy north coast. It is not well suited for children though, since it is stony and the waves often are high. For families it is better to go to the beaches Psili Ammos at Potokaki.
The village of Mytilini is an attractive and verdant place. It stands where the ancient city of Hissia once stood in her glory and is full of beautiful houses, churches and chapels. Tobacco and excellent wine are produced here. There is a very interesting paleontological museum here that you can visit also. In the villages Pyrgos and Marathokambos there are some waterfalls well worth visiting. The fishing village Ireon is very picturesque. For nature lovers, the Valley of the Nightingales is a lovely place. Try to explore the villages on the island, especially the ones in the mountains. You'll also find water sports on the island as well as great opportunities for snorkeling and fishing.
The small village of Marathokambos is a charming place full of galleries, narrow streets and whitewashed houses. Excellent olive oil and soap can be bought here. Mavratzei is a picturesque mountainous village, which stands among olive and pine trees. All kinds of pottery can be bought in the numerous shops of the local craftsmen. A huge rock full of holes is standing in the north west of the village and is one of the main interesting sights.
Samos boasts of several museums, monasteries and churches. It also has quite a lot of art and antiques to offer, as well as clothes, leather products, jewelry and a special kind of rug called flokati.
With all of the above waiting for you, what are YOU waiting for? Come and indulge in the secrets of an island paradise called Samos and start making memories that will last forever.