Sit on the Left!
If travelling on a daytime flight to or from Samos, try & get seated on the left hand side of the 'plane (clear of the wing of course!) both ways.
The views really are spectacular - not just of Samos, but also of many other islands as you approach & depart. Well worth remembering this if you can!
This has to be one of the most unusual landings there are in the world, presumably because of the surrounding hills and being so close to Turkey .
The planes approach the runway at an angle of well over 90 degrees very low and close to the surrounding hills, at the last minute the planes turn very sharply to the right and then your down.
We all thought it was a great experience, its probably not the best landing if you dont enjoy flying though.
The Island of Pythagoras
Samos is situated in the centre of the Aegean and it lies very close to the coast of Asia Minor, the channel which separates it from Turkey to which it was joined until earthquakes brought about a separation. Samos along with other Greek Islands has picturesque old ports and fine beaches along with rugged mountain scenery to offer its visitors. I would say that Samos is an Island for people looking for a quiet relaxing holiday not for people looking for lively night life. The town of Samos (Vathy) is the capital of the Island and stands in the North East corner of the Island. The town has a population of 5,500 and is a mixture of old and new buildings. From the town you can get buses and taxis to Karlovasi the second largest town and harbour on Samos. Boats also run from Samos to other Islands such as Piraeus, Dodecanese and Thessalonika and during the summer months to Kusadasi (Ephesus) in Turkey. The reason Samos is called the Island of Pythagoras is because it is the birthplace of the famous philosopher, mathematician and musician Pythagoras..
The statue of Pythagoras greets you at the Harbour of Pythagoreio. The inscription on the bottom of the statue when translated says "Pythagoras the Samosan".
Today Pythagoreio is fast growing and is the main tourist resort on the Island. Along the harbour front you will find many tavernas, coffee shops, tourist shops and tables set out under the trees on one side, and its fishermen and yachts of all sizes on the other which at twilight creates a special atmosphere
"Cove of Aigianni"
Samos has some of the most beautiful beaches in the East Aegean. There are beaches to suit everyone's taste, from the busy beaches with tavernas, bars and entertainment, beaches suitable for water sports to the nice secluded beaches (in my opinion the nicest) where you can just relax and unwind. The cove of Aigianni was one of my favourites which we found while we were touring the south west coast of Samos. After a very bumpy but beautiful journey along dirt track we came across this cove which is hidden below the Monastery of Agh.Ioannou Eleimonos