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Vacations and Sightseeing

Basic information
Official languageGreek
CapitalSamos Town (local: Vathy)
Area477 km²
Population33,814  (2021)
Currencyeuro  (EUR)

Popular destinations GREECE


Vacations and Sightseeing

Samos attracts the most tourists of all the islands in the eastern Aegean Sea, but unlike, for example, Corfu and Rhodes, it is mainly focused on small-scale tourism. On Samos, there are no huge tourist centres and no ugly hotel buildings.

Samos can be reached by scheduled flight, with Olympic Airlines and Aegean Airlines, but often with a change in Athens. In the summer months, direct flights are scheduled to Samos. The airport of Samos is located about 2.5 km west of Pythagorion. Samos can be reached by ferry from Athens/Piraeus and then via the Cyclades. The boats moor in Samos Town and Karlóvassi in the north-west.

Pythagorion, formerly the ancient town of Tigani, is the capital of the municipality of Pythagorion. It is a beautiful picturesque town, ideal for your stay on the island during the holidays. The port of Pythagorion is the oldest man-made port in the Mediterranean. Today, it welcomes thousands of yachts throughout the year.

Kokkari is located in the north-eastern part of Samos, originally a fishing village that has developed into a tourist centre. The narrow roads, the fantastic beach, the tavernas, cafes and shops make Kokkari a charming village built by the sea with valleys and mountains in the background. There are 2 beautiful pebble beaches Tsamadou and Lemonakia. Due to the northern winds, Kokkari is ideal for windsurfing.

Vathi ( Samos Town), the capital of the island with a natural harbour in the bay of the same name, rises like an amphitheatre. There are traditional-style buildings from the present, and well-preserved aristocratic residences (Arhontika) and neoclassical buildings from the past.



Schönrock, D. / Samos

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