Archeological Museum of Samothrace
It is situated at the Paleopolis archeological site of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods.
The Archeological Museum of Samothrace was designed by the architect Stuart M. Shaw, of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York, and built by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in the years 1939-1955. The north wing was added later, in 1960-61.
The museum consists of four rooms that exhibit most of the finds from the Sanctuary site. The most famous find, the statue of the Nike ("Victory"), is exhibited at the Louvre, in Paris.
On a cliff, about 2 km north of Pahia Ammos beach, overlooking the southern coast of Samothrace.
The tiny, white-washed chapel of Panagia Krimniotissa offers breathtaking views of the Aegean and the beaches of the south coast of Samothrace. It is a worthwhile stop on our way to, or back from, Pahia Ammos beach. Contact Information
Beach: Pachia Ammos
Pachia Ammos, on the south shore about 15 km from Kamariotissa, is postcard, perfect nestled, between two arms of rock that extend into the sea, with dramatic cliffs rising above it. The beach offers 800 meters of sand and protected swimming, stretching from a well-developed south end (offering a beach bar, an excellent fish taverna, fresh-water showers, and chaise lounges with sun umbrellas) to a quiet and undeveloped end on the north (offering peace and solitude). The beach is accessible by bus from Kamariotissa.
The second most popular beach is Kipos, a kilometers-long pebble beach that curves around the eastern tip of the island. Though it lacks Pachia Ammos's sand, it does offer very comfortable sunbathing, crystal-clear water for snorkeling and diving, and an even stronger dose of peace and solitude (although there is a small food stand). Kipos lies about 18 km east of Therma on the north shore road, and also can be reached by bus.
The ancient city, the ruins of which are called Palaeopoli ("old city"), was situated on the north coast. Considerable remains still exist of the ancient walls, which were built in massive Cyclopean style, as well as of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, where mysterious rites took place which were open to both slaves and free people (in contrast to the Eleusinian Mysteries).
Sanctuary of the Great Gods
The island´s most famous site is the Sanctuary of the Great Gods. The most famous artefact of which is the 2.5-metre marble statue of Nike, now known as the Winged Victory of Samothrace, dating from about 190 BC. It was discovered in pieces on the island in 1863 by the French archaeologist Charles Champoiseau, and is now in the Louvre in Paris.
Sightseeing by Boat
Your sightseeing should begin with a trip around the island.The boat "Samothraki" makes all-day trips that include a brief history and some remarkable views you can't see otherwise, as well as swimming stops at several beaches and a cookout (the boat is associated with the Petrinos Kipos restaurant in Kamariotissa).
Chora or Hora
The island's capital, Chora or Hora, is concealed in a natural amphitheater in the mountain six kilometers above Kamariotissa—the better to hide it from pirates during the medieval period. It's a small but charming town of narrow streets that twist their ways up and down along the hillside, and the central section offers a number of popular restaurants, Greek-style kafeneion with their tables spilling out onto the street, and trendy Western-styled cafés, many with beautiful views over the sea. It also hosts the island's small hospital, a tiny but entrancing folklore museum, and the ruins of a fort.
If you head out of town on the main road for about 14 km, you will come to Therma. Despite being a small cluster of hotels, rental apartments, and shops and restaurants catering to tourists, Therma is actually quite pretty due to the lush foliage that surrounds and runs through the middle of it. Because it lies within walking distance of several campgrounds, it's also the alternative nightlife spot on the island—evenings find it thronged with waifish-looking Greek youth in dreadlocks and rumpled clothing. It's conveniently located right above a pebble beach with a small harbor where tour boats depart for daily circuits of the island, and as the name suggests, Therma is the site of the island's mineral springs, a business that attracts both the elderly and infirm and the young and New Age-ish.
Kamariorissa, The Port of the Island
Your first introduction to the island will be via the port town of Kamariotissa—a small but bustling village that consists mostly of a long narrow main street that runs along the harbor's edge. Here you'll find a string of cafes, restaurants, and nightclubs, broken only by the occasional shop offering souvenirs or beach essentials, a few banks with ATMs, the island's only internet café, and most of its car and motorcycle rentals. Kamariotissa is, in summer, more or less non-stop traffic, and this is even more pronounced when the ferries arrive, disgorging scores of cars and motorbikes, along with hundreds of mostly Greek tourists looking to rent the same. There are hotels and apartments in town—most of right behind the main street—but unless you're really attached to nightlife, you should seek lodgings elsewhere, along the north shore where Samothrace's beauty lies.
The beach of Kipi
I prefered this beach much more than Pahia Ammos.. it is more special, covered with pebles (which have round edges, so they are not as painful as rocks), and very long, so you can always have privacy! The red spot in the picture is a car (so you understand the scale).
- Family Travel
For the less adventurous, the riverine forest that is at the mouth of Fonias, full of perennial plane trees and matchwood, as well as its Medieval Tower (one more of the Gattilusi fortifications), is a small but characteristic idea of the beauty that Fonias river has to offer.
- Castles and Palaces
To the north of Chora is Paleopoli, the Archaic and Hellenistic center of the island, where there are still ruins of the ancient city and the Sanctuary of the Great Gods. This is where the Kabeirian Mysteries took place, probably aiming to secure life after death, even though there is no precise information, since the initiated were not allowed to talk about these ceremonies. Unfortunately, the island’s jewel for centuries, the statue of the Victory of Samothraki, is for the last 150 years in the Louvre Museum, a fact that the islanders seem to not have gotten over yet. The Archaeological Museum in Paleopoli which containts findings from excavations on the island, is worth a visit.
You should definitely visit the Sanctuary of the Great Gods (Hiero) at Paleopolis, which is 'hidden' behind dense flora, as well as the museum, located nearby. It keeps a copy of the statue of "Niki of Samothraki" (Victory of Samothraki, winged woman's statue) and other ancient artifacts. A bit further you can see the ruins of another Gattilusi castle (1430 AD).
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
Kremastos means "Pending". It is a waterfall of 180m height whose waters are discharging all year round directly into the sea. You can access it only by boat. It is difficult to describe it in words. Just look at the photo. They say that in winter the waterfall is much more magnificent.
- Sailing and Boating
Accessible only by boat, to the east of Pachia Ammos, is Vatos, a beach of unique beauty, surrounded by high rocks with caves. There you can find a sandy beach and a ravine with plane trees, coolish waters, "vathres" and waterfalls. At the last 200m before reaching the sea, the waters disappear, continuing underground.
Some people chose to stay there for a night or more, in tents or sleeping bags, after an agreement with the boat. If you stay there for more days, the boat can bring you some necessary things like bread, water, beers etc. During summer, boats come everyday, except in case of stormy weather.
Perhaps Ionas Dragoumis had in mind the enchantment and calmness of these places when he said of Samothraki "In the infinite quietness of this island, it seems you can feel eternity passing by".
- Hiking and Walking