Samothraki Island Travel Guide

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Samothraki Island Highlights

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     Fantastic Island, not very Touristy, Loads to see and do, Mountains and Gorges to walk in / up, Fantastic History with Great Ancient sites to visit and above all Great People !!!! 

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Samothraki Island Things to Do

  • Old Tank

    An old tank waiting for the invaders of the island. It is a common scene to put old tanks at the beaches facing east in many islands.

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  • 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...

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  • Panagia Krimniotissa

    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

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  • Beach: Vatos

    The stunning Vatos beach vies with Pachia Ammos for sand and scenery, but can only be reached by tour boat or several hours of hiking from Pachia Ammos.

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  • 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...

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  • Beach: Kipos

    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...

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Samothraki Island Restaurants

  • great place for breakfast, lunch &...

    Decent place to have something to eat. Serves omellettes, crepes, spaghetti & salads. All of them freshly made and really tasty Crepe with chicken breast and roquefort sauce

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  • Gria Vathra Restaurant

    It is a typical Greek tavern situated at Loutra. It serves a lot of tastefull Greek food using local products. Its speciality is lamp, cooked in all the ways. Worth visiting it.

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  • For Glyka Koutaliou

    There's a little cafe/sweets shop on the left side of the street in Hora just before you reach Stenaki Cafe. This place was closed during our previous visits but happened to be open when we went for our Easter trip this year (2005) so we stopped in to stock up on Glyka Koutaliou (sold by the serving or by the jar). The prices are reasonable (in my...

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  • Lovely Little Cafe

    To Stenaki is a cute little corner cafe run by a local couple with the most amazing Glyka Koutaliou (Greek spoon sweets...candied fruits) I've ever eaten. These are prepared by the owners from the fruit trees located behind the cafe.As for the rest of the extensive menu, I haven't had the opportunity to try anything else.Upon our return to...

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  • ouzo kai poikilies

    Almost every day, after swimming (either in the sea or in one of the rivers) we used to sit in the thick shadow of the plane trees to have a bite and some rest. Everyone here is very relaxed, like one big group of friends. I especially liked the music, contemporary greek, but good, not the common bouzouki-pop. Very cold water, ouzo, ice, and...

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  • The Best Food on the Island !!!

    The Best meal that we had on the Island was at Restaurant Xenia near Therma, It is a little difficult to find and best to ask directions from Therma as it is up a small lane that isn't signposted !!So If you are looking for somewhere special, maybe for a Romantic meal then I can Really Recommend this place. We had the fish and it was Beautiful -- A...

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Samothraki Island Nightlife

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    Sunset on Samothraki

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 1, 2003

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    If you are looking for a " wild " night out then I am afraid that Samothraki isn't for you !! However if you are looking for a memorable night out then pick one of the Restaurants at Kamariotisa and have a great meal and then sit back and watch the sun go down ---- Beautiful !!!!

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Samothraki Island Transportation

  • Approaching Samothraki

    You can go to Samothraki by boat from Kavala or Alexandroupoli (29 nautical miles) and also by boat from Rafina (port on the North of Athens). The chosen route was by train up to Alexandroupoli and then by boat. The trip, even though a bit tiresome, is very nice and pleasant since one must cross nearly the whole of the Greek mainland. If there is a...

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  • Renting a Car or a Motorbike

    Motorbikes and cars are in short supply, so it's worth grabbing one immediately on disembarkation - or even reserving a bike in advance from Hanou Brothers (Tel 25510 41511) or a car from Niki Tours (Tel 25510 41465), which sells plane tickets as well. Also try Kyrkos car rental (Tel 6974371122).

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  • Getting to Samothraki

    The very best way to get to Samothraki is by train and ferry-boat. The trip is as follows:Take the morning intercity train from Thessaloniki to Alexandroupouli. This is a 4 1/2 hour trip on a comfortable train with a bar/cafe and a "mobile" refreshment cart for passengers' convenience. The seats are spacious and comfortable and the trip itself is...

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Samothraki Island Shopping

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    by nikki-the Written May 24, 2005

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    This is actually information about the brand and manufacturer of the spoon sweets which we purchased on our last trip to Samothraki. It's definitely a must buy and is available for purchase from a cafe in Hora, Samothraki (though I'm sure it's available from other places as well, that's where we got it).

    What to buy: Any flavour but especially pumpkin ("dolma").

    What to pay: Anywhere from $8-$25.

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Samothraki Island Local Customs

  • Samothraki Dance Festival

    The island of Samothraki celebrates world music as well as appreciating ecological issues. The eclectic programme of this summer bash includes whirling dervishes, workshops on sustainable living and performances by Ross Daly, Ziad Rajab, Mario Piravano, Peppe Barra and Omar Faruk Tekbilek. It takes place at July each year.

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  • glitsa

    As I have mentioned again, the island's local economy is based on animal breeding (sheep and goats). This "glitsa" (shepherd's crook) I am holding in the picture is used by the shepherds to pull their animals back to safety when they are "trapped" on some rock and can't move. I am standing on my toes and it is still taller than me ;o)

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Samothraki Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch your Car

    Watch out for goat invaders. It is better not to park your car under some trees. The reason is obvious. Watch photos No1 and No2.

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  • snakes

    In Greece there is only one kind of being which can be life - threatening (except from people, of course). It is the viper (actually several types of viper), and it can be found in Samothraki. Normally you won't come across one, as they tend to disappear when they hear noise. But if you happen to be "off the beaten path" you might have the pleasure...

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  • be careful on the streets

    I've mentioned goats before, but in combination with the narrow and curved roads, one should be very careful while driving. When on a scooter, an additional difficulty to overcome can be the wind, which can literally throw you at the edge of the road..

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Samothraki Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Panagia Kremniotissa

    After reading Irene's (Irine_29) travelogue I had to see this church. And I survived the 5 kilometers of narrow bumpy "road" (that thing cannot be called a road) at the edge of the cliff, on a rented scooter. Only try this if you are an experienced driver/ rider, it's quite dangerous. On the other hand, our Panagia (Virgin Mary) always looks after...

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  • explore

    Take "the road less travelled by" and you will be generously rewarded. We were in the middle of nowhere and had no idea where we were going, we were about to turn back when we came across an old shepherd who told us how to reach this waterfall... it is not on the rivers Fonias nor on Gria Vathra. I am not telling you how to get there, because...

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  • Pick your own Gorge !!!!

    On the North coast there are Many small rivers and gorges, My Tip is to pick one of these for yourself and see how far you can get up it !!!??? We picked a cracker and had a Terrific day out following the river up into the hills, climbing up past Beautiful waterfalls and eventually finding our own Special place to go for a swim !!! a Really...

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Samothraki Island Sports & Outdoors

  • Saos Mountain

    by dimilag Written Jul 15, 2007

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    If you are into trekking and climbing you could try climbing to the top of mount Saos (Fegari). It is a difficult climb to the top, even for the experienced and it is better if you ask around for the best path upwards. It is worth climbing during the August full-moon. Also you can try to find the waterfall that falls into the sea. It is a bit diffifult to find it if you don't know.

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Samothraki Island Favorites

  • Useful Phone Number of Samothraki

    Municipality of Samothrace : +30 25510 41584Tourist Office of Municipality : +30 25510 41218Police Department in Hora : +30 25510 41203Hospital/Sanitary Station : +30 25510 41217Port-Office : +30 25510 41305

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  • My paradise

    Every time i visit the island its like i am visiting the paradise. Also my all time favorite place in Horawhich is Lefkos Pyrgos What first? But most of all that i met my wife there. After that Eating "pisa kai poupoula" (nothing better for chocolate maniacs) and drinking fresh lemonade with cinnamon and honey or yogourt with the flavor of bitter...

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  • emerald waters

    If you were to spend only a few hours on Samothraki, the one thing you should absolutely do would be a hike along one of its rivers (only in the summertime of course) and swim in the "vathres". The landscape is so beautiful.. My mind was completely emptied of all worries and I was simply enjoying the walk...I think I was also expecting to see...

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Paleopolis
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Sanctuary of the Great Gods
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Sightseeing by Boat
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Chora or Hora
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Therma
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Kamariorissa, The Port of the Island
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The beach of Kipi
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Fonias beach
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Paleopoli
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Tis Ghrias ta Pania
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Kremastos waterfalls
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Vatos beach
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Boating around the island
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Ghria Vathra
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Fonias
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Christos Monastery ruins
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Pachia Ammos beach
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Panaghia Krimniotissa
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Lakkoma - a watermill
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Mikro Vouni
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Aghios Athanasios monastery
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Aghios Andreas cape
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Kipi beach
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Therma
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Chora or Samothraki
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Kamariotissa
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The Sancturay of the "Great Gods"
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The beach of Pahia Ammos
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The Vathres of the river Fonias
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The "Gria Vathra" river: a time machine
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goats everywhere
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moving around
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getting there
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Paleopolis
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Hora
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Kypo
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Hike up Fonia River
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Kupkos Car / Scooter hire !!!
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The Fonias Tower
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What's around the next corner ?????
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