about Samos island
Enjoy unforgettable holidays in Samos
Among the naturally and historically gifted N.E. Aegean islands, which are spread along the Turkish coastline demarcating the eastern borders of Greece, the exquisite island of Samos predominates. It is one of the most picturesque islands enchanting visitors with its marvellous beaches, verdant landscapes, charming towns and interesting historical attractions.
As soon as you shall enter the port of Samos, namely Vathi, which is the capital of the island, it is definite that you will be truly impressed by this unique scenery. Regarded as one of the most beautiful insular towns of Greece, as it is built amphitheatrically on the cove of an extended gulf, in front of verdurous hills, Samos or Vathi comprises of elegant neoclassical buildings and imposing mansions as well as churches and monasteries.
The coastal resorts of the island attract visitors from Greece and the rest of the world especially in summer. There are plenty hotels for your accommodation in Samos, as well as apartments, studios and villas to rent providing all comforts of home and ensuring relaxation and comfort.
Samos Sightseeing and Attractions
During your stay in Samos do not forget to take a trip to Vathy to visit the amazing picture gallery where you will admire exquisite portraits, historical heirlooms, the constitution of Samos etc. Moreover, the municipal library as well as the archaeological and the ecclesiastic - Byzantine museums, are definitely worth a visit. Finally, a walk around the picturesque old town between the narrow uphill alleys and the scenic houses is an interesting experience.
Wandering around the island of Samos, all over the gifted landscape, you will find and admire extremely interesting natural and historical sights. At the settlement Vourliotes, the Byzantine church of Agios Ioannis, the monastery of Panagia Vrontiani, the ancient graves, the castle of Lazaros, the remains of the castle of Loulouda and the fountain of Pnakas, an amazing natural site at a ravine with sycamore trees, are waiting for you. Also, at the settlement of Karlovassi, you should visit the ruins of the Byzantine castle, the various churches and monasteries, the imperial mansion, the shipyard, the tanneries, the ceramics workshops, and finally the incredible natural site with the waterfalls, the river, the two lakes and the lush verdure.
Additionally, at the settlement Marathokambos, do not miss visiting the cave of Pythagoras, the cave with the church of Saradaskaliotissa and the cave Kakoperato with the stalagmites and the stalactites. Moreover, when you visit the settlement of Pythagorio, don’t miss walking around the relics of the walls of the ancient town, the tower of Logothetis, the roman spa, the mains, the ancient theater, the sacred sanctuary Ireo, the archaeological and cultural museums and the artificial lakes Glyfades. Furthermore, the cave Trypiovrachos with the stalagmites and the stalactites at the settlement of Pyrgos is another must.
Samos has been blessed by nature, a fact that is reflected on the stunning beaches that are scattered all over the magical island. As soon as you shall feel the urge for a swim, head to the pebble beaches Gagos and Roditsa as well as the sandy beaches Psili Ammos, Klima and Possidonio, close to the capital of the island. Kerveli Beach is also pebbly, is located near Vathy and is very popular due to its crystalline waters and good taverns nearby.
In addition, the coasts of Agios Konstantinos, Kambos, Avlakia and Tsambos are also special. If you find yourself at Karlovassi, the beaches Potami, Limani and Ormos are ideal, while the hydro-biotopes Mikro Seitani and Megalo Seitani are also excellent. Moreover, the regions Kokkari, Tsamadou, Lemonakia, Votsalakia and Limnionas have beautiful bays. Finally, the 6 km long beach of Pythagorio, the beach of Potokaki and the beach of Karbovolos, are also worth visiting.
If you are interested in cosmopolitan lifestyle and much frequented resorts during your stay on the island of Samos, we advise you to visit Samos (Vathi), which is the capital of the island, the famous resort Karlovassi that throbs with tourism and of course the popular settlement Pythagorio, where you will find everything, as far as your entertainment is concerned. On the other hand, if you long for peaceful vacations, the mountainous traditional village Pyrgos, the serene fishers’ village of Kerveli with the wonderful beach, the scenic settlement Hora and the picturesque village Marathokambos, are ideal for relaxing and quiet holidays.
Samos Holiday Travel Information
You can travel to the island of Samos (Karlovassi or Vathi) from the port of Piraeus (the port serving Athens) and Thessaloniki, by ferry. You can also travel to Samos by plane from Athens or Thessaloniki, while many charter flights depart from international airports of Europe especially in summertime.
From Samos Island you can travel to the Cyclades Islands, the Dodecanese Islands, other N.E. Aegean islands, and Turkey by ferry or high-speed boat.
Useful Phone Numbers
- Athens Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”: Tel. + 30 210 353-0000
- “Macedonia” Thessaloniki Airport: Tel. +30 2310 473-212
- Samos Airport “Aristarchos Samios”: Tel. + 30 22730 87800
- Piraeus Port: Tel. +30 210 422-6000 to 03
- Thessaloniki Port: Tel. +30 2310 531505
- Vathy Port: Tel. +30 22730 27890
- Karlovassi Port: Tel. +30 22730 30888