Samos

Island in North Aegean

The home island of geometer Pythagoras is lush green with rivers, wetlands, and beaches. It also has several sites of archeological interest.

Attractions & Things to Do in Samos

Port of Vathi, Samos

At the Malagari area, the new, well-functioning port has connections to many Aegean islands as well as Piraeus & Kavala on the Greek mainland.

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A picture showing several wine barrels in the cellar of Samos Wine Museum.
photo: YouInGreececom

Samos Wine Museum

The winery of the Malagari area very close to the capital Vathi, serves as a museum that deals with the winemaking history on the island.

↘ SE
< 1km
A panoramic picture of the Samos town and its port.
photo: Samos Voice

Samos Town

«Vathy»

Located at the northeast part of the island, it is the capital and the biggest town of Samos.

→ E
≈ 2.1km

Archaeological Museum of Vathi

Located in the capital of the island, Vathy, it is well-known for hosting the biggest Kouros statue in Greece that is 5,5 meters tall.

→ E
≈ 2.4km

Aegean Natural History Museum, Mitilinii Samos

Founded in 1994 with the donation of Konstantinos & Maria Zimali, hosts Greek & international exhibits.

↙ SW
≈ 7.7km
The Mourtia beach near Vathi on Samos island.
photo: Samos Voice

Mourtia Beach, Vathi Samos

Small pebble beach, in a bay protected from the north winds. It has crystal clear waters & it's quiet since it doesn't host any beach bars.

→ E
≈ 8.6km

Wetlands of Aliki Samos

In the area where the old salt pit of the island was in function until 1965 spreads an officially preserved coastal wetland of 420 acres.

↘ SE
≈ 9.5km
A picture of the port of Pythagorio with small fishing boats and the buildings of the settlement in the background.
photo: YouInGreececom

Pythagorio

This is a village inhabited since the ancient years. It has a charming promenade and an archaeological museum that hosts findings from the island.

↓ S
≈ 9.6km

Tunnel of Eupalinos, Pithagorio

An ancient aqueduct that dates from the 6th century BC and since 1992 belongs to the list of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites.

↓ S
≈ 9.7km

Samos International Airport

«Aristarchos»

Named after the Greek astronomer & mathematician, links Samos with Athens & Thessaloniki, while it includes many EU destinations seasonally.

↙ SW
≈ 11.1km

Vronta Μonastery

The oldest monastery of the island that dates from 1566 and is located close to the village of Kokkari at an altitude of 458 meters.

← W
≈ 13.2km

Heraion of Samos

A UNESCO monument and the most significant sanctuary of Samos dedicated to Goddess Hera who according to the legend was born on the island.

↙ SW
≈ 15.1km

Ireon Music Festival Samos

Since 2004 it is one of the most significant cultural events of the island, which lasts for three days, and takes place at the village of Ireon.

↙ SW
≈ 16.4km
A panoramic photo depicting the Samiopoula Island.
photo: Samos Voice

Samiopoula Island

Small islet that literally means «Small Samos», famous for the goats that graze freely. It composes an ideal destination for a daily boat tour.

↙ SW
≈ 28.2km
A panoramic picture of the town of Karlovasi in Samos.
photo: Samos Voice

Karlovasi, Samos

At the northwest part of the island, it is the second-largest town of the island and hosts the School of Sciences of the University of Aegean.

← W
≈ 32km

Port of Karlovasi, Samos

It serves the sea routes to northern Aegean islands and ferry boats that connect the island with mainland destinations like Piraeus and Kavala.

← W
≈ 34.5km
People enjoying and swim in the waters of the Potami Waterfalls of Samos.
photo: Samos Voice

Potami Waterfalls

Famous waterfalls of Samos at Potami region, the geological formations along the cool river water where someone can swim.

Questions & Answers about Samos

Why Visit Samos?
  • According to Greek mythology, the birthplace of Hera that hosted her great temple.
  • Green, lush-vegetated island with the 2nd highest Aegean mountain (Kerkis 1433m).
  • Famous for its world-class wines cultivated in semi-mountainous terraces.
What is Samos, Greece?

Samos is the 8th largest Greek island. It is located in the Aegean Sea and is just 1200 meters (~4000 feet) away from Turkey. The island of Samos consists of four municipalities, those of Vathy, Karlovasi, Pythagorιο, and Marathokampos. Samos has an airport and is connected by ferry to Piraeus and other Aegean islands, as well as Kusadasi in Turkey, where the ancient Ephesus is located. By airplane is also connected to Athens and Thessaloniki.

Some historical facts about Samos

Samos is the birthplace of some of the greatest philosophers and mathematicians of the ancient world amongst them Pythagoras, Aristarchus the astronomer, and the philosopher Epicurus. According to mythology, in Samos was born the goddess Hera while there are the remains of a temple dedicated to her. Samos in ancient times was the first naval power in the Aegean and Ionian seas.

What is the legend of Samos and winemaking?

Samos was always famous for its wine. According to legend, Dionysus, the god of wine loved the Samians since they helped him to kill the Amazons, who despised him. To their delight, he taught them the art of viticulture and winemaking. Today the Samian wine is produced from grape cultivation in mountainous and semi-mountainous terraces.

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