An ancient aqueduct that dates from the 6th century BC and is now a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Not for claustrophobic people.
Samos Things to Do
Potami Karlovasi Waterfalls
Feeling adventurous? Here you can hike up and enjoy the waterfall swimming. Go prepared - boardies or bikini, flip-flops, and sun hat.
In the area where the old salt pit of the island was until 1965 today lies a state-protected coastal wetland of 420 acres.
The oldest monastery of the island dates to 1566 and is located close to the village of Kokkari at an altitude of 458 meters.
The islet's name literally means "Small Samos". It's famous for its free-grazing goats. It's ideal for a daily excursion with boat.
Here you will find the biggest Kouros in Greece, a total of 5,5 meters high. These are young men statues inspired by Egyptian sculpturing styles.
The winery of Malagari, close to Vathi, will enlighten you about winemaking and wine-drinking. The latter is a hands on experience.
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.
The second-largest town is ideal as a basis from which you go places.. plenty of nearby beaches, archeological sites, and nightlife.
Samos Day Trips
This is a village inhabited since the ancient years. It has a charming promenade and an archaeological museum that hosts findings from the island.
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.