Samos

Island in North Aegean

Attractions, Sights & Things to Do on 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.

A picture showing several wine barrels in the cellar of Samos Wine Museum.
photo: YouInGreececom
↘ SE   < 1km

Samos Wine Museum

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

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A panoramic picture of the Samos town and its port.
photo: Samos Voice
→ E   ≈ 2.1km

Samos Town

« Vathy »

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

Pottery as exhibits in one of the rooms of the Archaeological Museum of Samos.
→ E   ≈ 2.4km

Archaeological Museum of Vathi, Samos

Housed in two buildings, it hosts the biggest Kouros statue in Greece that is 5,5 meters tall.

A photo showing exhibits in displays in a room of the Aegean Natural History Museum in Mitilinii of Samos.
↙ SW   ≈ 7.7km

Aegean Natural History Museum, Mitilinii Samos

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

The Mourtia beach near Vathi on Samos island.
photo: Samos Voice
→ E   ≈ 8.6km

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.

Flamingos and other wild birds on a picture taken at the Wetlands of Aliki on Samos Island.
↘ SE   ≈ 9.5km

Wetlands of Aliki Samos

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

A picture of the port of Pythagorio with small fishing boats and the buildings of the settlement in the background.
photo: YouInGreececom
↓ S   ≈ 9.6km

Pythagorio

Being the most touristically developed region, it was renamed from Tigani to Pythagorio in 1955 honoring the great philosopher Pythagoras.

A photo taken inside the gallery of Tunnel of Eupalinos.
↓ S   ≈ 9.7km

Tunnel of Eupalinos, Pithagorio Samos

The 6th century BC aqueduct of the ancient Samos capital declared a UNESCO monument in 1992.

The main building of Samos International Airport on a picture taken from an airplane at the runway.
photo: Daniel541 / CC BY 3.0
↙ SW   ≈ 11.1km

Samos International Airport

« Aristarchos »

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

The inner yard of Vronta monastery in Samos.
← W   ≈ 13.2km

Vronta Μonastery

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

A photo with remains from the archaeological site of Heraion of Samos.
↙ SW   ≈ 15.1km

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.

A photo showing members of a band on the stage and crowd at the audience during the Ireon Music Festival of Samos.
↙ SW   ≈ 16.4km

Ireon Music Festival Samos

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

A panoramic photo depicting the Samiopoula Island.
photo: Samos Voice
↙ SW   ≈ 28.2km

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.

A panoramic picture of the town of Karlovasi in Samos.
photo: Samos Voice
← W   ≈ 32km

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.

A panoramic picture of the Port of Karlovasi on  Samos island.
← W   ≈ 34.5km

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.

People enjoying and swim in the waters of the Potami Waterfalls of Samos.
photo: Samos Voice
← W   ≈ 36.3km

Potami Waterfalls, Samos

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.