Beach side restaurant
Conveniently situated right next to the beach - this restaurant provided good service & the food was excellent. Parking is provided & sunloungers for the beach are available free to diners. We ate typical Greek dishes of cheese pies, giant beans & bbq meats - all very good!
Kokkari on Samos
Our main aim was to visit Patmos, where St John was supposed to have received the revelation that forms the Book 'Revelations' in the Christian Bible. After some research, we decided to stay in Kokkari, on Samos.
We choose Samos, because it has direct flights, which Patmos doesn't. We didn't want to have to pack up a day early to go back to Samos, or find ourselves stuck on Patmos, due to the weather. We went with Thomson, who were offering the largest baggage allowance, but they are not the company they used to be, when we first travelled with them in 1994.
We choose Kokkari as it seemed to have the best reputation of the resorts on Samos. Having visited several other resorts while we were there, we felt we'd made the right choice. Samos Town seemed somewhat soulless while Pythagorio was a bit close to the airport and most of the hotels were out of town, even nearer the airport.
We originally chose the Lambros Hotel in Kokkari but the Thomson on-line booking system couldn't seem to find it. Our second choice was the Venus Hotel and, having stayed there, we now think it was the better option.
The hotel is just out of the town but within easy walking distance where the Lambros is right next to the beach and pubs and tavernas etc.
The hotel is small, with only 38 rooms but staff are very friendly and helpful. It's not often we've been waved off by a large contingent of the staff as we left to come home.
The pool is one of the largest in Kokkari, judging from the Google maps view and the view out over the mountains is quite spectacular. The pool bar was staffed from 8.00am till midnight, though sometimes the bartender was also the receptionist.
As with most Mediterranean hotels, it wasn't very sound proof, especially in the room next to the lift but I had ear plugs and this solved the problem. My wife is a sound sleeper and didn't have any troubles.
While on Samos, we booked three trips with Thomson.
The second night we were there, we did a 'moonlight cruise'. I gather this was the first time this was tried and it was quite fun having a meal while gazing at the full moon.
Next, we booked a trip to Patmos, which will have it's own travel page.
Finally we booked an 'Around the island' trip, which was a disaster. Firstly, it was the only day that it rained, on the entire holiday, so some attractions weren't much fun, the open air Heraion Ruins being one example.
Secondly, our trip was mixed language, German and English, with Germans being the majority. For some unknown reason, the 'official' guide at the ruins, the Tunnel of Eupalinus and a monastry which we visited, only spoke English. The upshot of this was that our tour guide spent most of her time telling the Germans about the sites we were going to visit because they wouldn't understand the English guide. This meant that we all, English and Germans, missed out of commentry about the areas we were travelling through.
Later my wife and I took a local bus from Kokkari to Samos Town (aka Vathy) and another bus from there to Pythagorio where we found a pleasant resort with lots of historical sites. This picture is of a ruined castle in the town. On the way back we had a look round Samos Town as well.
Finally, we hired a scooter and went to visit the Potami Waterfalls.