Samothraki

Also called:
  • Samothrace
  • Samothracia (King James Bible)
  • Semadirek TR
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.

Attractions, beaches & Things to Do on Samothraki

Starting Point: Kamariotissa (Port of Samothraki)

Kamariotissa (Port of Samothraki)

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

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

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.

A general view of the central and main settlement of Samothraki the Chora.
photo: Lemur12

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.

Chora Castle, Samothraki

« Gateloúzon »

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

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.

Archaeological Museum of Samothraki

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

Paleopoli Samothraki (Sanctuary of the Great Gods)

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Natural Pools of Samothraki

« Vathres »

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

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

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

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.