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Samos
(174 n.m. from Piraeus)

Golden sandy beaches, sunbathed vineyards, houses with courtyards and basil, remarkable archaeological sites.
Chosen by Goddess Hera -Jupiter's wife-, Pythagoras, Epicure, Aristarchos. Otherwise, where mathematics, numerology, astronomy, physics and chemistry were established.

Interesting places to visit

  • Samos the capital, which is built in the recess of a great bay, preserves its traditional character and is full of neoclassical houses.
  • The Archaeological Museum.
  • The Museum of Byzantine Art.
  • Ano Vathi, is a village with old houses and narrow windows and wooden balconies, painted with bright colours.
  • The church of Ai-Yiannakis which is full of frescoes.
  • Karlovasi can be reached through a good asphalt road.
  • Kokkari, which is built in a ravine.
  • Tsamadou beach, which is one of the most popular ones on the island.
  • Avlakia, which is a small fishing village on the edge of a bay.
  • Vourliotes, which is a mountain village with a characteristic architecture.
  • Panagia Vrontiani and the monastery with the wood-carved temple and the silver icon of Madonna.
  • Platanakia, which is an enchaning landscape full of greenery.
  • The mountain villages Manolates, Ampelos, Stavrinides.
  • Agios Konstantinos which is at the seaside and full of flowers.
  • The monastery of Transformation of the Saviour (11th century), which is built on the mountain.
  • Marathocampos is one of the most beautiful villages.
  • Samiopoula is tiny isle with a beautiful beach.
  • The crystal clear beach of Votsalakia.
  • The villages Platanos (500 m. heigh), Koutsi, Pyrgos.
  • The monastery of Megali Panagia (Virgin the Great) which is rich of frescoes and has a wood-carved temple.
  • The Palaiontological Museum of Mytilinioi, which houses remnants of animals that lived in this island millions of years ago.
  • The important archaeological place of Heraion; goddess Hera's birthplace.
  • Pythagoreion or Tigani which is a real treasure; ruins of the Wall of Polycrates, ancient theatre, the famous Trench of Eupalinos, and the local museum.
  • The church of Panagia Spiliani which is carved on rock.
  • Gangou which is an organised beach.
  • Kotsika promontory.
  • The monasteries of Zoodohos Pigi (Life-giving Spring) and Agia Zoni (Holly Belt).
  • The marvelous beaches of Psilli Ammos (Slim Sand) and Poseidonio.
  • The picturesque islands of Myloi, Pagondas, Spathareol, Koumaradeoi, Agios Nikolaos, Prasonisi, Vareloudi which are what we call "paradise" for underwater fishing.