Prefecture of Samos
Samos Prefecture at a glance
Samos region belongs to the Aegean Islands (today’s Region of North Aegean) and consists of the islands of Samos and Ikaria as well as the island complex of Fourni. The largest island is Samos, while the homonymous city is the seat of the prefecture. The islands have plenty of archaeological sites and historical monuments, landscapes of unsurpassed natural beauty, beautiful settlements and crystal clear beaches. Each year, especially during the summer months, a destination for thousands of visitors from Greece and abroad, that is why the local government and the inhabitants have invested in tourist infrastructure, resulting in the excellent service for the tourists.
Pythagoreio is dominated by green, as it is extensively covered with dense forests, olive groves and fruit trees. There are several archaeological sites and historical monuments, museums, monasteries, and natural attractions, such as many natural caves, waterfalls.
Most of it is mountainous and is characterized by dense vegetation, rivers, mountains (to the north) and steep rocky ravines (to the south). Other characteristics of the island are the picturesque settlements, the many thermal springs and the beautiful and special beaches…
Fourni is a cluster of islands in the eastern Aegean and is administratively in the prefecture of Samos. They are located between Ikaria and the island of Samos, having the southernmost of Dodecanese islands of Patmos. Larger are Fournoi, Thimena and Agios Minas, while the first two are permanently inhabited. The capital is the settlement of the ovens, on the homonymous island, famous for the fresh seafood you can enjoy in the taverns located in its small port. Although a traditional settlement, it has a perfect layout, with all roads leading to the waterfront. Other settlements are Chrysomilia and Kambi with their beautiful beaches, while on the island of Thimena there is the homonymous settlement of Keramidou.
For the interest of flora and fauna, the entire island complex is integrated into the NATURA 2000 network.
Samos at a glance
Samos is an island of the eastern Aegean and belongs to the homonymous prefecture. It is located in the NE of Ikaria and Fournoi and is the closest island to Turkey, from which it separates the Strait of Mykali.
There are several archaeological sites and historical monuments, museums, monasteries, and natural attractions, such as many natural caves, waterfalls, etc. It also has many beautiful beaches, some of which are awarded the Blue Flag.
The city of Samos
The city of Samos, which is also the main port and is located on the NE of the island. Built amphitheatrically, it is the administrative and commercial center of the island, and its tourist infrastructure is excellent for accommodation, food, and entertainment. There you will find all the municipal services, banks, and shops.
It is worth visiting the museums, Archaeological and Ecclesiastical, the Public Library and the Art Gallery. You can swim in the nearby beaches, such as the Blue Flag beach of “Gagou”, located on the bay of Vathos, “Livadaki” north, “Agia Paraskevi” and “Mourtia” to the east of the capital, above the city of Samos, Vathy is dominated by the village, which is, in fact, a settlement, and is one of the oldest villages of the island and has been declared a traditional settlement.
Approximately 14 km away from the capital to the south, is the coastal village of Pythagorion. Built in the place of the ancient city of Samos, it is one of the most popular destinations of the island and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It has accommodation of all categories, restaurants, cafes and clubs, while in its traditional taverns you will enjoy fresh seafood and local delicacies.
In the historic harbor, which is considered the oldest artificial port of the Mediterranean, Pythagoras statue dominates. Worth visiting Metamorphosis of the Savior and the castle of Lykourgos Logothetis, who built it. You also have to see the 6th-century Eupalinion trench, located 2 km away. The nearby beaches of Pythagorio outside of this settlement are the beaches of “Mykali” and “Psili Ammos”, the huge beach “Potokaki”, and the beaches “Glykoriza” and “Iraion”.
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It is a popular tourist resort and at the same time a place of archaeological interest since it was in ancient times an important place of worship of Hera. Indeed, the temple that existed and its ruins have been excavated today was, according to Herodotus, the largest in Greece. In Heraion, there are several hotels, taverns, and cafes.
About 44 km southwest of Samos, at the foot of Kerky, is Marathokampos. The traditional village is very close to the cave of Pythagoras, where the great mathematician and philosopher are presumed to be hiding from his persecutors, while it is worth visiting the church of Panagia Sarantasaliotissa, also located in a cave just a short distance from the settlement.
Approximately 32 km west of the city of Samos is Karlovassi, which is the southernmost and important port of the island. It consists of 4 districts, Palaio, Mesaio, Neo Karlovasi and the Port, with Neo Karlovasi. In the city, you will find the basic public services, banks and all kinds of shops, while the School of Sciences of the Aegean University operates.
It has many hotels and restaurants and is the starting point for discovering some of the most popular beaches, not only the island but also the Dodecanese. Some of them are Potami beach, the beaches “Small and Megalo Seitani” etc.
Ten kilometers northwest of the capital, we meet another popular destination, the picturesque seaside village of Kokkari. It is one of the most developed tourist settlements on the island, especially since every summer it receives thousands of visitors.
The dense vegetation that reaches the coast, the well-preserved traditional houses, the mountains and the springs with the crystal clear waters that surround it, as well as the crystal clear beaches, are the touches of the village’s painting. It is worth visiting the church of St. Nicholas. You can also make your walk by following one of the many paths that start from the settlement and offer hiking and walking. In Kokkari you will find dozens of hotels, rooms to let, restaurants, traditional tavernas, cafes, and clubs, while the beach of the village, as well as the nearby beaches “Lemonakia” and “Tsamadou”, promise you dew and relaxation.
Other destinations on the island of Samos are Mytilene, Spathareoi, Agios Konstantinos, Ampelos, Vourliotes, Manolates, etc.