Samothraki

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Attractions, Beaches & Things to Do on Samothraki

Cars and passengers wait for the ferry boat at the Port of Kamariotissa on Samothraki island.
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Port of Kamariotissa, Samothraki

Main island port that is connected daily with the mainland port of Alexandroupoli & apart from the ferry boats can accommodate tourist-vessels.

Tourists embarking on a daily cruise boat at one of the remote beaches of Samothraki.
photo: Agnee / CC BY 2.0
↑ N   < 1km

Cruise Tour Around Samothraki

Highly recommended way and probably the only one to reach, admire, and swim at some of the hidden gems of the steep coast of the island.

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A picture showing a part of the Kamariotissa village the port of Samothraki.
↗ NE   < 1km

Kamariotissa, Samothraki

During the last decades, it evolved to the largest settlement of the island with an approximate population of 1000 inhabitants.

A general view of the central and main settlement of Samothraki the Chora.
photo: Lemur12
→ E   ≈ 6.3km

Chora of Samothraki

This is the main and central village of the contemporary Samothraki that is built amphitheatrically and is famous for its beautiful sunset.

A photo depicting the remain walls of the Venetian castle in the main settlement of Samothraki.
→ E   ≈ 6.4km

Chora Castle, Samothraki

« Gateloúzon »

The Venetian fortification of the 15th century that was aiming to protect the island from pirate raids.

A picture showing the building where the Folklore Museum of Samothraki is housed.
→ E   ≈ 6.4km

Folklore Museum of Samothraki

A museum for young and older visitors that offers a detailed picture of the tradition and the cultural heritage of the local population.

The exterior and the main entrance of the Archaeological Museum of Samothraki.
↗ NE   ≈ 8km

Archaeological Museum of Samothraki

Worth-visiting museum, that is currently closed and under construction, describes the island's history.

A photo depicting the Sanctuary of the Great Gods (Kaveiri) that is located Paleopoli Samothraki.
↗ NE   ≈ 8km

Paleopoli Samothraki (Sanctuary of the Great Gods)

The ancient city and the port that hosts the sanctuary famous for the mystical sacraments.

A broad picture showing the Saos Mountain of Samothraki taken from the sea.
→ E   ≈ 13.9km

Mount Saos, Samothraki

Big mountain that covers most of the island and is characterized by its springs that keep their water even during the summer period.

A photo of the beach of Therma on the island of Samothraki.
→ E   ≈ 15.9km

Therma Beach, Samothraki

An organized pebble beach close to the village of Therma has basic infrastructure while its waters are crystal clear and get deeper quite fast.

People enjoying coffee and refreshments under the shadow of tall trees at a cafeteria of Therma square on Samothraki.
→ E   ≈ 16km

Therma, Samothraki

In the center of Therma village, someone can have access to the ancient natural hot springs (Loutra) at a center operated by the municipality.

An aerial photo showing the beach of Pachia Ammos on the island of Samothraki.
↘ SE   ≈ 17.7km

Pachia Ammos Beach, Samothraki

Probably the most beautiful sandy beach on an island where the majority are pebble beaches. It also has a restaurant and a beach bar.

Vatos Beach, Samothraki

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.

The waterfall of the biggest of the Samothraki vathres at the so called stream "fonias" (killer).
→ E   ≈ 21.9km

Natural Pools of Samothraki

« Vathres »

Natural ponds with crystal clear waters, shaped while the Saos Mountain springs flow to the sea.

A picture of the Venetian square-shaped tower of Fonias close to the homonymous river.
→ E   ≈ 22.2km

Tower of Fonias at the Mouth of Fonias Gorge

At the northeast coast of the island and by the homonymous stream is located the tower of Fonias.

An overview of the Kipos (or Kipoi) Beach of the island of Samothraki.
photo: Agnee / CC BY 2.0
→ E   ≈ 27.7km

Kipos (or Kipoi) Beach, Samothraki

The most remote beach of the island it has small dark volcanic pebble is not organized and can be reached either by boat.

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.