Samos Travel Guide

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Samos Things to Do

  • Kokkari

    The best (and most beautiful) beach in the island was also our best swim in Greece. Many small restaurants line the beach and give life to the place.

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  • Pythagorio

    The most beautiful village of Samos lives for tourism. A cosy harbour is embraced by a ring of bars, restaurants and taverns, turning the pier into the village's living room, where everything flows with pace and tranquility.

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  • Hiking on Samos

    Samos has one of the most extend network of trails comparing to the other Greek islands. At the moment 45 of those trails are in good condition. Each one of them passes through impressive landscapes and leads to worth visiting destinations. The difficulty varies as well as the scenery, depending on the season. Pine forests offer deep canopy and...

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  • Visit Turkey

    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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  • Hiking in Nightingale-valley (to...

    On the north of Samos, between Karlovassi and Kokkari you can find the Valley of the Nightingales. And at the top, the beautiful mountain-village of Manolates.You will see the sign "Manolates 4km" by the main road. There is a big parkinglot there. Park here or drive about 1,5km up the road and park there. Start walking on this road, and after a...

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  • A privileged point

    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...

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Samos Hotels

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Samos Restaurants

  • Better dining in Samos

    Greece is generally not for gourmet tourists, and Samos does indeed have remarkably little to offer the discerning palate, in view of the amount of European (mostly), middle-aged and presumably well-off couples visiting the island every year.Phytagorio is the city and area where it's at, as they say, and is a lovely, small seaside town full of...

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  • Best Restaurant in Pythagorio

    Now this restaurant had the best of both! Al fresco dining & good food too! Set away from the main harbour front of Pythagorion up a picturesque side street, but not too far from the hub of things. A very pretty setting with bouganvillia orange and lemon trees .Helpful attentive staff & a great atmosphere.All the food we ordered was excellent. One...

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  • Up and cheap

    The several mountain villages of Samos offer the best-value food. Manolates, which we frequently visit, is a good example. Try any of the half-dozen (I think) restaurants and you'll be satisfied. Local specialties and local wine are offered at very reasonable prices and remarkably good quality. You'll wish you never had to leave! All "meatballs...

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Samos Nightlife

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  • Best cocktails in Pythagorio

    Efzin almost at the eastern end of the harbour, run by Fortis and his lovely wife, has a wonderfull sea front location, great atmosphere, is more high-end than the rest of the harbour places, and certainly makes the best cocktails. Absolutely international standard long drinks and cocktails, and I am very picky!Very good place in both day and night...

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  • Nice Cocktails

    We only went here one night during our holiday but the staff were very friendly and the cocktails worth trying. They also have live bands on. Anyone interested they also have the internet available between certain hours. The bar is also open all year round. There didn't seem to be any special dress code at this bar.

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  • Samos by night

    Samos town has a great night live. I'd start with a good food and maybe a glass of good vine. Walk through the streets close to the beach, where still a lot of shops have open. Then maybe have a cocktail in some bar.

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Samos Transportation

  • Take the ferry

    Ferries are the best way of transport to move around Greece. That are fast and cheap. If you board them during the night then you save the hotel.

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  • Flying to Samos

    Since we stayed in Pithagorio during our stay, it was very convenient to get to and from Samos airport. It was only a 3 km drive from the airport to our hotel.

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  • Hire a Car - See The Island!

    Inexpensive & plenty of companies to choose between in Pythagorion & other resorts. The cost did vary quite a bit & some had good deals if you booked for more than about 4 days, so a few minutes spent shopping around will prove worthwhile. We had our little car for 3 days & this was adequate to cover most of the island comfortably. You don't need...

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Samos Shopping

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  • Gem of a jewellery shop

    I found a charming little store in Pythagorio off the main street, opposite the bakery. The owners were very nice and by the end of our vacation, very familiar... I couldn't walk past without going in and seeing their beautiful jewellery and have a chat. They have a really unique collection of hand made peices which I learnt were from Greece,...

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  • Local Greek Crafts

    A great gift shop which can be found in the centre of the island at the small village of Pyrgos!We ate in the restaurant next door (see my tip on Taverna Stamna) & this was a conveniently placed shop for browsing inbetween courses! Full of inexpensive ceramics, rugs, locally produced honey, postcards & a huge array of touristy gifts. Reasonable...

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  • Samos Wine

    The shop itself is an average supermarket but it happens to sell all types of locally-produced wines and spirits. The best known Samos wine is the sweet one (usual labels "Doux", "Nectar" etc.) but you should also try the table wines such as "Sec" (my favourite), "Samena", "Selana", "Fokianos" and the retsina. They also produce good old ouzo. No...

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Samos Local Customs

  • Beautifully Maintained Cemetery

    Cemeteries may all serve the same purpose, but it's always interesting to see how they look elsewhere. This one in Pythagorion impressed me - beautifully maintained & such ornate gravestones. It can be found in the churchyard in a quiet spot up by the old castle ruins. Well worth a visit to admire the lavish marble work.

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  • Cute Greek Cats!

    Greeks love cats!! You will find them everywhere - brushing against your legs under restaurant tables, all around your guesthouse/hotel gardens, in the shops.....in fact they are everywhere! They are no trouble really & do appreciate a few meaty scraps you can spare from your plate - be warned though, once you start they won't go away until you do!...

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Samos Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware of the goats

    It's not unusual to come across herds of goats on the roads in Samos. We came across this herd on the main road from Karlovassi to our apartments in AgiosDimitrios, Limonaki. It is advisable to slow down as you pass by them

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  • No Place Here For High Heels!

    Be warned! The pedestrianised areas around the harbour at Pythagorio are designed to make you fall over without even trying - this may be by design to provide entertainment for the 'people watchers' at the bars & restaurants that line the front! The large uneven flagstones are now very worn & therefore shiny & very slippery (I imagine they are even...

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  • Tricky currents

    Tricky currents along the straits separating Samos from Turkey's Dilek peninsula (SE part of Samos). They may carry a sea mattress or small vessel (canoe, pleasure boat etc.) away from the beach and into the boat paths. Make sure you don't venture too far especially if you're not a swimming / sailing champion!

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Samos What to Pack

  • Warm clothing!

    If you are planning a trip to Patmos, from Samos, take some warm clothing for the boat trip. When we went to Patmos, there was a lot of wind and, by the time we were on our way back, most people were wearing waterproof jackets and towels and anything they could find to keep warm. The land temperatures were in the 30 Celcius region when we did...

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  • High Factor Suncream

    Suitcase, hand luggage, beach bag Light clothing, shorts, sandals, sunhat. High factor suncream, after sun, mosquito repellent, imodium, prescribed medication, shower cream, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste. hay fever tablets, travel first aid kit. Digital Camera, Digital Camcorder, films if taking ordinary camera Swimwear, Beach Towel, Sun...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Samos Off The Beaten Path

  • Ireon

    A few km along the coast easterly from Pythagorion, you will find Ireon, a very pretty little fishing village with enough there to ensure a peaceful & enjoyable 1 or 2 week stay. There are several restaurants, a nice promenade walkway along the seafront, several small hotels & guesthouses, a large kiddies play area, a small jetty & of course a...

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  • Hidden beach

    Google Earth was right. The slip road to your left, after you pass "Skorpios" hotel on your way to Kalami, does go beyond Evangelistria church. It stops rather abruptly, you park and then you walk along a paved path, the last hundred metres or so of a seasonal watercourse. And there you are, at the heaven of my childhood. Lakka beach, currently...

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  • The End of the World

    Limnionas is a small village in the green hills in the southwest of Samos with a beautiful sandbeach with in the backdrop the largest and most imposing mountains of the island. In Limnionas there are a couple of restaurants, two mini markets and some hotels, apartments and studios (limited accommodation, so full is full, you are wise to make...

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Samos Sports & Outdoors

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    by Jannice48 Updated May 12, 2007

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    You can find the water sports on Potokaki Beach, Pythagorion. It is a large pebbly beach located on Southern Samos close to the airport and all hotels in Pythagorio. There are different water sports to be found, kayaking, ringo's and the flying fish are to name a few. There are plenty of sunbeds on the beach and tavernas right next to the beach. As you can see by the pictures fun was had by all who were brave enough to have a go at some of the water sports.

    Equipment: You will need to wear your normal swim/beach clothing. Don't forget to have plenty of suncream with you. The safety wear i.e lifejackets are provided by the watersports centre.

    Flying Fish Flying Fish Kayaking Ringos Kayaking

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  • Sit on the Left!

    If travelling on a daytime flight to or from Samos, try & get seated on the left hand side of the 'plane (clear of the wing of course!) both ways. The views really are spectacular - not just of Samos, but also of many other islands as you approach & depart. Well worth remembering this if you can!

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  • Principality without a palace

    A walk at Vathy is one of the most enjoyable things one can do while on Samos.Samos used to be an autonomous principality under the Ottoman empire in the late 19th century. Unfortunately the palace of the local ruler does not exist anymore - a hotel (now derelict) was built in its place. But the capital town, known as Samos (official) or Vathy (as...

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  • bcc8's General Tip

    Enjoying the gentle Aegean sun while relaxing on the beach is easily my fondest memory of Samos. The sun just shines a little differently over there I think...

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