Chora of Samothraki

Samothraki Settlement

This is Samothraki's head village. It is spread amphitheatrically on the hill amid forest and has a beautiful sunset.

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

The capital of Samothraki the so-called Chora is not located by the coastline but towards the interior part of the island instead. It is built amphitheatrically on the ruins of the medieval castle that was erected by the family of Gattiluzzi. This is also an area with natural beauty and dense vegetation since it marks the foothills of mount Saos which is covered by pine trees. With Chora as starting point there are several paths that lead to the top of mount Saos, which is also called Feggari.

A general characteristic of the architecture of the village is the cobblestoned narrow streets and the traditional houses which in many cases are adjusted to each other in order to keep the warmth. The whole village is announced as a preserved traditional settlement since 1978 and this is the main reason that made the community to keep its traditional architecture.

The church of Chora is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and includes old murals and beautiful paintings of Saints. Here, there is also an interesting Folklore Museum, founded a few years back, which displays items of the traditional way of living and things that people used in their everyday life, clothes they were wearing and many other things.

Last but not least comes the recommendation to all the visitors of Samothraki, and it is not to forget tasting the dish that the island is famous for, the traditionally cooked goat in one of the many tavernas.

About Chora of Samothraki

Last updated: 15 Sep 2020

address Chora, Samothraki, 680 02, Greece
nearby transportation