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.

Samos Attractions

Samos Things to Do

People enjoying and swim in the waters of the Potami Waterfalls of Samos.
photo: Samos Voice
hidden gem
distant ≈ 35.8km

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.

Wetlands of Aliki Samos

In the area where the old salt pit of the island was until 1965 today lies a state-protected coastal wetland of 420 acres.

Monastery of Panagia Vrontiani (Vronta)

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

A panoramic photo depicting the Samiopoula Island in the blue sea.
photo: Samos Voice
distant ≈ 28.1km

Samiopoula Island

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.

Ireon Music Festival Samos

Since 2004, the Ireon Music Festival hosts Greek and international singers and bands. It lasts three days and takes place at Ireon.

Samos Museums

Archaeological Museum of Vathi Samos

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.

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

Samos Wine Museum

The winery of Malagari, close to Vathi, will enlighten you about winemaking and wine-drinking. The latter is a hands on experience.

A photo showing exhibits in displays in a room of the Aegean Natural History Museum in Mitilinii of Samos.
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Aegean Natural History Museum, Mitilinii Samos

Interested in natural sciences like palaeontology, geology, and zoology? This collection hosts exhibits from Samos, the Aegean, and abroad.

Samos Beaches

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.

Samos Settlements

A panoramic picture of the town of Karlovasi in Samos with a church on top of a hill.
photo: Samos Voice
distant ≈ 32km

Karlovasi, Samos

The second-largest town is ideal as a basis from which you go places.. plenty of nearby beaches, archeological sites, and nightlife.

A panoramic picture of the Samos town and its port with its lit promenade.
photo: Samos Voice

Samos Town (Vathy)

Samos' capital has everything; accommodation, restaurants, car rentals, and quite importantly, a lively nightlife.

Samos Day Trips

A picture of the port of Pythagorio with small fishing boats and the buildings of the settlement in the background.
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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.

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, Pythagor╬╣╬┐, 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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