Convenient Mid-Island Lunch Stop
We stopped here for lunch on day 2 of our car tour of the island. A great local restaurant with a typical Greek hospitality you hear about & would hope to find!
The owner/chef/waiter/barman/runaround one man band took us through to his kitchen & tempted us with several dishes of the day that he had cooking away & he had a bbq ready to prepare the biggest pork chops I'd ever seen! (see my pic!)
A friendly, conveniently situated restaurant, easy to park right outside & very reasonable! The cats were so cute there too :-) The bbq meat we all tried was excellent - so much of it too!
Balos Beach – hidden gem
Although well signposted along the main road, I think Balos Beach is still a hidden gem in the western part of the south coast of Samos. After a couple of narrow and steep hairpins on the old road (they were constructing a new part) we reached the little settlement of Balos.
Just some tavernas, accommodations, a little harbour, a couple of shops and houses and a long rather sandy beach. We walked along the beach till the other end with a taverna, called Esperos. This one, ‘at the end of the Samos world’, has some rocks and caves nearby. There is also a little blue white church.
During our visit (late May) we saw just a couple of people on the beach, which has stunning views along the coast towards Kerkis Mountains and some neighbouring islands in the Aegean Sea. Because it is not as easy accessible (you really need a car or scooter if not staying in Balos) than other beaches, I suppose even in high season it must be rather quiet on Balos Beach.