Samothraki Travel Guide

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Samothraki Things to Do

  • The Folclore Museum

    The Folklore Museum at Chora is also worth a visit, being a testament to the cultural heritage of the island. While ascending to the castle, you will find it on your right, just below the big church of the village.In the photo: The big church of Chora and next to it, to the right, the upper floor of the Folclore Museum.

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  • The Castle of Gattilusi

    The ruins of the Byzantine castle at the edge of the cliff, a remnant of the rule of the Genoese Gattilusi family (1430 AD), is the top must see of Chora. This position was probably already fortified around the end of the 10th century AD when the inhabitants withdrew from Paleopoli to the interior, but for some reason there was the need of a new...

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  • The church of the Dormition of the...

    The church of the Dormition of the Virgin (Kimisis Theotokou) is worth a visit for its valuable icons dating to 1875 and the relics of the "Five Martyrs of Samothraki". In 1821, five of the hostages brought by the Turks to Constantinople following the destruction of the island, were forced to convert to Islam. Many years later, in 1835, they...

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  • The traditional Square

    Climb to the south side of the church to find out the traditional square of the village with a huge plane tree and a magnificent view. Here is the spot where traditional celebrations and feasts take place.The photo is the view from the village square.

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  • The bakery

    On your way to the Castle it is mandatory to stop at the bakery that makes traditional "gorgi" rusks as well as leavened bread. The same family has been lovingly kneading dough made from Samothracian wheat for over 100 years. Here they bake the seven - leavened Samothracian rusks and knead the round breads. The flame slowly bakes the well-kneaded...

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  • Panagia Egremniotisa

    The translation of the name of this chapel, could be "Virgin Mary by the cliff". Read my travelogue, if you want to see how to get there, and see my little adventure...:-)

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Samothraki Restaurants

  • Ultra original

    Settled on the yard of a two floored house, this restaurant resembles more to a friend's home rather than to a restaurant bussines. Well hidden in the mountain's foot, will take you about 15 driving from the main street, up to a gravel road to reach it. The ultimate Greek ambience, as once more, time is still there for the last 20 years at...

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  • taste it all!!!

    Not a restaurant-desserts only! and breakfasts! and coctails and...and...and...From early in the morning till late at night, Giorgos is there to offer u a variety of local deserts. Situated in Hora's main street, this is where my days started and where they ended too. No matter where I have been all day, no matter how tired I was, this is where I...

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  • Local fresh goat meat at its best

    Here you will taste island's specialty at its best: fresh goat meat. Hiden in the mountain, this remoted restaurant is a unique experience. Enjoy your dinner under the old plane trees and the sound of the nearby stream's runing water...To get there, drive up to the top of the "Hora", and then turn left to a gravel road. Keep driving for 5 more...

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Samothraki Transportation

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    by Irine_29 Updated Oct 29, 2002

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    Unless one lives in Nothern Greece, things are quite difficult to reach the island. One option is to go by plane to Alexandroupolis. There are 5 flights daily from Eleftherios Venizelos airport with Olympic or Aegean Airways and the flight lasts approximately 45 minutes. From Alexandroupolis there are ferries departing regularly, and the duration about 2 hours.
    Another option is to go by train from Athens to Thessaloniki and from there again by train to Kavala or Alexandroupolis. This will take lots of time, an approx. time of about 20 hours to reach the island.
    The best way to explore the island is by renting a car. If one really wishes to go off the beaten path, rent a jeep, as the island is full of dirt and gravel roads.

    Christos at 'X Rentals' offers very good rates on rental cars. Tel: 0551 0 42272, 98335

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Samothraki Local Customs

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    Hora: A kiosk and its owner.

    Authentic kindness and simplicity characterises the locals and their slow pace of life. Unpretending smiles and eyes, balance (in a way) the effects of the slow service that we, the 'westerns' are not used to. Take it cool and enjoy it, as time stands still here for many years now...

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Samothraki Warnings and Dangers

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    by Irine_29 Written Aug 31, 2002

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    There are no warnings or dangers for this place. Just make sure you will be there outside the peak season (July 20 - August 20) and let yourself get lost amidst the numerous rivers and waterfalls. Walk alongside the rivers and lose yourself to the sound of the running waters and the singing birds...
    Oh, yes, there might be a danger here...you might not want to leave the place and just spend the rest of your life here...

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Samothraki What to Pack

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    by Irine_29 Written Aug 31, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As any vain woman who respects herself, I included in my luggage all those high heeled sandals and sexy evening dresses 'equipment'.Useless. What I really needed were my comfortable everyday dresses, short pants my bikinis and comfortable cotton tops. As for the shoes...ah...that trip was my Adidas pair of shoes triumph!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you have any camping tent or other similar equipment just brink it with you.The place is ideal for couples and for those who wish to spend a night by the rivers or by the waterfalls for an 'ultimate' experience under the stars.

    Miscellaneous: If you are a 'trekking' type, then the place is for you. Walking and climbing are the major activities.

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Samothraki Off The Beaten Path

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    by Irine_29 Written Aug 31, 2002

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    The whole island itself is an off the beaten path excursion. That's the only Greek island I have been to that doesn't have any tourism operator. Just a few foreigners travelling individually -- Italians mainly -- and many many young Greeks -- with the hippy look -- seeking for their paradise on earth ;-)
    With a population of 2800 inhabitants and 60,000 goats, one should give special respect to those animals and take care when driving as they often appear unexpectedly right in front of you! You can see them everywhere, on the streets, in the mountains, on the beach...

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Samothraki Favorites

  • Dragonfly

    Paul, gorgeous, posing like an ancient Greek God, with a delicate dragonfly on his shoulder...Location : Fonia's 2nd pool.

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  • Sunbathing by the pools

    There might not be a sandy beach available to lay on, after the swimming at the 2nd pool of Fonias river, however, there are those huge smooth rocks, and as you can see, people, especially the young, do enjoy it ;-)

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  • after the siesta

    Pahia Ammos:After spending one day there, swimming in the crystal waters, sunbathing on the clear sandy beach , eating at the nearby taverna, then, you fall asleep on the beach...and when you wake up, this lovely, smooth sunset color is waiting for you for playing 'games' with you and your camera :-)

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