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.
Samos Wine Museum
The winery in the Malagari area very close to the capital Vathi serves as a museum that deals with the winemaking history on the island.
Samos Town« Vathy »
Located at the northeast part of the island, it is the capital and the biggest town of Samos.
Archaeological Museum of Vathi, Samos
Housed in two buildings, it hosts the biggest Kouros statue in Greece that is 5,5 meters tall.
Aegean Natural History Museum, Mitilinii Samos
Founded in 1994 with the donation of Konstantinos & Maria Zimali, hosts Greek & international exhibits.
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.
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.
Being the most touristically developed region, it was renamed from Tigani to Pythagorio in 1955 honoring the great philosopher Pythagoras.
Tunnel of Eupalinos, Pithagorio Samos
The 6th century BC aqueduct of the ancient Samos capital declared a UNESCO monument in 1992.
Samos International Airport« Aristarchos »
Named after the Greek astronomer & mathematician, links Samos with Athens & Thessaloniki, while it includes many EU destinations seasonally.
The oldest monastery of the island dates from 1566 and is located close to the town of Kokkari at an altitude of 458 meters.
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.
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.
Small islet that literally means "Small Samos", famous for the goats that graze freely. It composes an ideal destination for a daily boat tour.
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.
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.
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.