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SamosThe mythical birthplace of the goddess Hera, Samos is the greenest of the Aegean islands and surely deserves its divine reputation. Nature lovers and sun-seekers alike are attracted to its pebbled beaches, green landscapes, and impressive rocky cliffs. The island is also renowned for its vineyards and is home to the impressive ruins of the Temple of Hera, as well as the remarkable Tunnel of Eupalinos, a feat of ancient engineering that once supplied clean drinking water to the people of Pythagoreio.
The IslandSeparated from the Turkish mainland (visible from many parts of the island) by the narrow Strait of Mycale, Samos enjoys an ideal location in the Aegean on the route between Athens and Izmir and is often used as a stopping-off point for travellers between the two countries. It is also one of the greenest islands in the area and boasts a huge number of idyllic little beaches found all along the coast. Samos is rightfully thought of as an ancient centre for scholarship and learning, as it was the home of philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras (the caves where he lived and taught can be visited on Mt. Kerkis), and it is also fabled to be the birthplace of the goddess Hera, and the remains of an ancient temple built in her honour can still be found near the city of Pythagoreio. Other main urban areas include Vathy (Samos Town) and Kokkari, both on the north coast, where much of the island's best dining and nightlife can be found lining the harbour areas of each city. Traditional dishes are complemented by local vintages and unmistakable Greek hospitality.
Samos BeachesBelow is a brief selection of the best beaches on Samos Island.
Do & See
Samos is home to a wealth of beautiful beaches, both secluded and lively, but always surrounded by breathtaking scenery. The island's other assets include interesting museums, temples and castles, as well as the Cave of Pythagoras, where the ancient philosopher once resided and taught, and the marvel of ancient engineering that is the Tunnel of Eupalinos.
Dining in Samos is akin to a lesson in Mediterranean specialities, fresh seafood, and Greek hospitality. Fine restaurants can be found spread out all across the island, often boasting breezy locations and stunning sea views. Tavernas, trattorias, bistros, and informal beach bars all pair your meal with some of the finest local vintages to round off a truly authentic Samos dining experience.
Good coffee is not hard to find on Samos. Most restaurants, tavernas and bars offer strong and well-prepared coffee, as well as traditional and international dessert options. There is also a number of modern coffee houses spread throughout the island where capable baristas fix drinks to perfection.
Bars & Nightlife
Many of the island's best night spots can be found around the crescent-shaped Kokkari port and beach area. Quaint and breezy café-bars overlook the water and crowds of mingling locals and visitors sip on refreshing beers and colourful cocktails. Drinking and eating go hand in hand on Samos, and ordering ouzo will often earn you a free accompanying meze.
The best shopping on Samos can be found concentrated in the main towns and cities, such as Vathy, Karlovassi and Pythagoreio, where visitors can find clothes, shoes, books, and accessories. Island specialities include home decor, glasswork, sculptures and Greek-themed knick-knacks, and some truly tasteful and masterfully crafted items can be found.