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    Pythagoras Cave

    by Jannice48 Updated Feb 23, 2007

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    Pythagoras Cave is at the foot of Mount Kerkis. It is where the mathametician sought refuge from prosecution when he was accused of corrupting the island's youth. It is a steep walk up to the cave as you can see by the pictures. It is advisable to wear rubber soul shoes for the walk plus take a bottle of drinking water. The views looking out at the sea as you get to the top is incredible

    Start of the long walk up to Pythagoras Cave Final steps up to the Cave Inside the Cave The view from halfway up
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    Pythagorion Harbour

    by mazzap Written Oct 2, 2006

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    When choosing the right resort in which to base yourself for 2 weeks which suits your families personal requirements, it is always difficult to decide just by reading the guide books & travel brochures (& VT of course!) We had no idea where to plump for when booking a Samos trip - we just knew we wanted to go there! Luckily we came home knowing without a doubt that Pythagorion had definitely been the right choice!

    If you like fairly lively evenings eating & drinking around a pretty harbour, quiet walks in the daytime, easy access by car to the rest of the island, long pebble/shingle beaches, various watersports, quite a few tourist & local shops, an abundence of diverse restaurants, some archaeological interest........then don't hesitate to choose Pythagorion!

    Pythagorion Harbour By night Main road leading into the harbour Pythagorion from the road to Samos Town
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    Spend a few moments with Pythagoras!

    by mazzap Updated Oct 3, 2006

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    Everyone has heard of this guy & here he is in Samos - well he was born & brought up right here around 580BC! He later died in Italy. He is known for being one of the most famous mathematicians ever! So great that they named a whole resort on Samos after him; 'Pythagorion'.

    This monument depicts the mathematical theory discovered by Pythagoras & which he is ultimately famous for sharing with us all! I won't even begin to try & explain it - read all about it here!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagorean_theorem

    Pythagoras & his triangle! Bust of Pythagoras outside the Town Hall
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    Archaeological Sites

    by mazzap Updated Oct 8, 2006

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    Samos seemed to me to have many sites of archaeological interest.

    Some were mereley left open for anybody to wander in & look around. I found it strange that they were not protected by fencing in any form & that entry to the sites was not supervised. All were signposted in English as well as Greek.

    Early Christian Cemetary Well signposted
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    Samiopoula Island - to Visit it or Not?

    by mazzap Written Oct 8, 2006

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    Samiopoula is a very small island very near the south coast of Samos. It has 2 sandy beaches & a hotel, a few restaurants & some rooms to rent. It can be visited by boat from Pythagorion daily.

    After chatting to a holidaying neighbour at our villa, we decided against a visit ourselves. He had spent the previous day on Samiopoula & warned us that unless you don't mind being bitten & harrassed constantly by large flies, DON'T go! Maybe this was a temporary thing due to the result of the spell of particularly hot weather, but it put us off!

    We saw the whole island from above when we travelled through Samos by car. The elevated position made for a spectacular sight - it's the nearest I fancied getting to the 'fly' island!

    Samiopoula Island from Samos
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    Fresh Orange Juice!

    by mazzap Updated Oct 8, 2006

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    Fresh oranges are squeezed daily & sold bottled in most supermarkets - also in some smaller shops too! Just 1.5 Euro for 500ml or 3 Euro for 1litre, it is sealed immediately after bottling & kept on ice until purchased.

    Truly refreshing & such a bargain - it's a great way to enjoy your daily Vitamin C intake!

    Irresistable - freshly squeezed orange juice!
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    Aircraft landing

    by Russ60 Written Jun 19, 2004

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    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.

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    The ancient tunnel

    by Yank_o Written Aug 17, 2005

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    The Efpalinio tunnel was a spectacular project for its time. It served to bring water to the ancient town of Samos from a source beyond the hill. Visitors can now walk a few hundred metres inside the ancient project. Truly worth a visit and also refreshingly cool during a hot summer day!

    Keep your head down!
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    Find the River

    by Yank_o Written Aug 2, 2005

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    Potami ("river" in Greek) is a beach to the west of Karlovasi, the island's 2nd town. Following a footpath near the east part of the beach, along a river, you get to a refreshing site of small waterfalls and rocks, allowing you to do some moderate climbing and to enjoy the unique coolness of fresh water.

    The beach itself is nice, too
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    Visit Turkey

    by solopes Updated Feb 5, 2015

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    Our first visit to Turkey was in a day trip from Samos to Kusadasi.

    It's a short and cheap trip, and in Turkey they are very well organised to fill the day - Ephesus and Selçuk are interesting visits.

    One day is enough, and a return ticket costs 35€ for a 75 minutes trip, 40 € returning the same day, and 55 € with open return.

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    A privileged point

    by Yank_o Written Dec 15, 2007

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    Avlakia is a must-see and even a must-stay. It is a small settlement built between the sea and a steep yet pine-clad slope. The pleasure of walking out of your room and right into the beach is unique. In the summer Avlakia offers the view to arguably the prettiest sunrise (sun coming out of the Anatolian coast). The full extent of the Vathy gulf is visible, as well as much of the greater Kusadasi gulf that "engulfs" Samos island. Moreover, some great beaches are within walking distance of Avlakia, most notably Tsabou/Velentza.

    Avlakia, between pines and sea A small linear village

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  • Visit the HERA temple

    by Lisalu Written Jun 5, 2006

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    This place is a hughe historical place were a temple was standing for the goddess Hera.
    The column you can see on the pic was 40 meters high. And the whole temple was surrounded by such columns.
    A good tip is, to have sun lotion with you.
    Do not step on historical stones (a woman was running out of the shade like crazy, everytime when I was posing for the camera close to a stone and screamed "Don't step on the stones!!! ;-) ) guess the temple is damaged now forever...

    Here a little copy-paste explanation about the temple:
    >The temple was constructed again and again. The latest temple was built by the architect Rikos in the period when ruler was Polycrates. The marble column that we can see today is attributed to the construction of that period. The temple of Hera had a great significance for the ancient Greek world. It was a worship place of great importance.

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  • The tunnel of Efpalinus

    by Lisalu Written Jun 5, 2006

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    It is surprising how exact and sophisticated they worked to build such a tunnel 2600 years ago. It is 1026 meters long, you can visit only a few hundred meters of that, but still this is a great experience. Especially during summer time it is very nice to be in a cooler area for a while. Take a jacket or a pullover with you.
    A little copy pase explanation:
    >An engineer from Megara called Efpalinus, during the 6th century b.c, designed it. At that time the tyrant Polycrates was in control of Samos and the island was flourishing economically. Its length is 1026 meters and it penetrates the mountain at a height of 246 meters. The purpose of this tunnel was to ensure the water supply of the ancient city by providing water from a water source that was located at the other end of the mountain near the village of Mytilinioi.

    A major significance of this project is that the workers began digging on both sides of the mountain (from the Mytilinioi and Pythagoreio sides) and met in the middle with only a marginal deviation. Even in nowadays, the engineers consider this project to be a great achievement for it’s era that boosted science (especially geometry) as we know it.

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    Kokkari

    by mardaska Written Sep 22, 2005

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    The village of Kokkari is located on the north part of Samos island. It is one of the most popular places of Samos but even when it is full of tourists it retains his charm.

    The little bay just after the end of the main road is full of taverns and bars which are situated just to the waters edge. There are two beautiful beaches to swimm.

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    Vourliotes

    by mardaska Written Sep 22, 2005

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    Vourliotes is a village located 340 meters above sea level. It offers an excellent view to the sea and the landscape.
    In the middle of the village there is a small picturesque square with coffee shops and taverns under the shade of the trees.

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