One of Greece’s beauties, Samos is a lush, green island, dotted with colourful buildings. Rich in history, and birth place of mathematician Pythagoras, there is plenty of interest to see here, as well as a plethora of stunning beaches and a delightful network of walking trails across mountainous terrain with.....
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One of Greece’s beauties, Samos is a lush, green island, dotted with colourful buildings. Rich in history, and birth place of mathematician Pythagoras, there is plenty of interest to see here, as well as a plethora of stunning beaches and a delightful network of walking trails across mountainous terrain with breath-taking views and charming little unspoilt villages. Samos has a vibrant tourist industry and plenty of nightlife, from modern bars in the main towns to traditional Greek ‘bouzoukia’ tucked away but still findable. The island’s capital is Vathi, a picturesque but lively port town, with nearby sandy Psili Ammos beach widely regarded as the best on the island, it is also the busiest. In the opposite direction, one can take the scenic coastal walk to the well-equipped beach of Gagkou. Along the coast from Vathi is the popular seaside holiday village of Kokkari, which is still an attractive fishing town but also has plenty of facilities for tourists and whose long appealing beach is well frequented by windsurfers. Further along still is the large, wealthy town of Karlovasi, where one can visit the nearby beach of Potami and walk from here the 2km forest trail to a lovely lake with waterfalls. In the south of the island is the ever popular Pythagorion. Very pretty to look at, this little port town is now a lively tourist resort. Outside of the main towns and resorts, there is a wealth of history to be explore. Highlights include the Ruins of Heraion, which contains the temple of Hera and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the ancient tunnel of Eupalios, a kilometre long underground water tunnel, built in the 6th century BC, and whose construction remains somewhat of an enigma; and the highly regarded archaeological museum at Vathi. Samos is international known for its sweet muscat wine, so trying this during your visit is a must. The island has a small international airport and can also be reached by ferries from Athens, neighbouring islands and from nearby Kusadasi in Turkey.
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