Attractions, Beaches & Things to Do in Samothraki
Port of Samothraki, Kamariotissa
Main island port that is connected daily with the mainland port of Alexandroupoli & apart from the ferry boats can accommodate tourist-vessels.
To reach and swim in some of the hidden-gem beaches and stare open-mouthed the island's steep coasts, there is only one option: cruise tours.
During the last decades, it evolved to become the largest settlement of the island with an approximate population of 1000 inhabitants.
This is Samothraki's head village. It is spread amphitheatrically on the hill amid forest and has a beautiful sunset.
A museum drawing a detailed picture of Samothraki's tradition and cultural heritage, including tools used in farms, weaving and textiles, and more.
Chora (Gateloúzon) Castle
The Venetian fortification of the 15th century today lies in ruins. A walk up there will have you enjoying great panoramic views.
A small but worth-visiting museum with local findings and a CGI video explaining the nearby archeological site. Better visit the museum first.
The sanctuary to Cabeiri, the enigmatic "Great Gods" of Samothraki, which are not the 12 Gods of Olympus, and remain a mystery to modern historians.
A mystical mountain on an arcane island. With springs and waterfalls, rocks and boulders, the mountain is trekkers' and climbers' paradise.
An organized pebble beach close to the village of Therma has basic infrastructure while its waters are crystal clear and get deeper quite fast.
In the center of Therma village, lie the hot springs (loutra) used since the ancient times, and a slightly newer facility operated by the municipality.
Probably the most beautiful sandy beach on an island where the majority are pebble beaches. It also has a restaurant and a beach bar.
Remote beach that can be reached either by a daily boat cruise or by a 4-hour demanding hiking through one of the most dangerous island gorges.
You need 40-45 minutes of hiking to reach these natural ponds. It's called Fonias (killer) gorge for some reason. Be careful and bring your hiking shoes.
At the northeast coast of the island and by the homonymous stream, you will find the tower of Fonias. Great views.
Questions & Answers about Samothraki
Why Visit Samothraki?
- An untouched Greek island, where the visitor can swim in the stream's freshwater.
- Famous for the mystical religious rituals of the past, the Sacraments of Kaveiria.
- 80% of the island consists of mountains, with the highest peak at 1664 meters.
- A favorite destination for nature lovers and backpackers.
What is Samothraki, Greece?
Samothraki is a Greek island situated at the northeastern edge of the Aegean near the island of Imbros and the coast of Turkey. 80% of the island consists of mountains, with the highest peak at the Fengari “Moon” at 1664 meters. From there, according to Homer, god Poseidon with his son Agenor watched the battle of Troy. The island's capital is “Chora”, which is 6 km away from, the only port of the island, Kamariotisa. In Chora, cars are not allowed, as the roads are narrow and most are tile paved. The first inhabitants of Samothrace were Carians, and later settled Thracians who gave the first name of the island "Saonisos" and "Saos", the tallest mountain on the island.
What are the Mysteries of Samothraki?
It is said that on the island of Samothraki found refuge the “Kabiri” (Cabeiri or Caviri or Cabeiri) who are enigmatic underground deities. According to legend, the Black Sea overflowed and broke the barrier set up by the Clashing Rocks, resulting in an avalanche that hit Samothrace. After the flood, the only ones who survived were Kabiri, mystical deities of Phrygian origin who found refuge at the top of the mountain Saos. Their father was believed to be the god Hephaestus and their mother Kabiris. From them came and the Kaviria mysteries (mysteries of Samothraki), which was said to be ceremonies to initiate the secret religion of the ancient Greeks.