Samothraki Island Travel Guide
Hora, the main village of Samothraki
On the Fonias River Hike
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 !!!!
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
To Stenaki: 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...
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...
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...
Aggelonias Traditional Sweets of Samothraki: Glyka Koutaliou
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.
Written May 24, 2005
Address: 1st km Kamariotissa-Hora, Samothraki
Phone: +30 2551 041994
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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...
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...
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...
Trekking or Climbing
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.
Written Jul 15, 2007
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
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...
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