Samos travel story
Samos, birthplace of Pythagoras, is a green island, with presence of woods and forests and with having to places to visit. Located very close to Turkey (the narrowest point just 1.3 km away) is mainly hilly and mountainous portions with the massif of Kérkis high over 1430 mt. It is an island rather extensive, eighth for magnitude between all the Greek islands, however easy to visit thanks to a good road network
Samos is an island military view his closeness with Turkey and having regard to the historic past in its territory there are several military sites as barracks, points of sighting, fire barriers, parks means, etc. This probably helped to limit the expansion of tourism that has instead involved other islands in the area. The positive side of this aspect is the peace of mind that this island offers, even in its tourist centers more known there is never confusion, along the roads of the island or of the towns intersect a few means and there are no tourist settlements of earth but structures contained and discrete hotel aspect which also reflects positively on environmental impact. Samos is therefore indicated for those who prefer peace, nature, walks and a pinch of tradition and Greek culture. The island, in addition to the recent tourism, lives on the basis of the agriculture and fisheries. Important is the cultivation of the olive tree that covers the whole areas of the island while its wine, obtained from typical vineyards very low, is known and appreciated so much so as to be also exported at the Vatican in Rome.
The main city of tourist interest are the chief town Samos (in reality his name is Vathi) which develops in a semicircle on the wide bay, Kokkari and Pythagorio towns where fervid a certain night life with internal tracks or on the seafront dedicated to the promenade and the fun, streets, rich of shops of all kinds, bars, tavernas and restaurants. Karlovasi is another important inhabited center but without real interest. For the rest of the island offers countries and small villages, often perched on the hills or the sides of mountains with narrow streets or the traditional staircases that in Samos are often decorated with floral designs Bianchi. Here what we appreciate is the silence, the slower rhythms and the kindness of the few people that live there, often elderly. Frequent are the views of other typical times of Greece more traditional with the people you smile and greet you trying to exchange a few words, hawkers who with their sgangherati means pass among the alleys offering some vegetables and a little fruit or fresh fish.
Another interesting aspect are the many orthodox monasteries distributed in various areas of the island which were the guardians of traditions and arts and culture during the years of the occupations that the island has suffered in its history. They deserve a visit as they are normally in isolated positions but lovely with very nice views over to valleys, coasts and the sea. Si presentano uno diverso dall’altro, curati e ricchi di elementi tradizionali. You have a different one from the other, manicured and rich of traditional elements. Few are the archaeological sites compared to other Greek islands and often tired and with few visible artifacts for the tourist. The best known is the site of Heraion that collects a few traces of the first greek temple dedicated to the goddess was one of the brides of Zeus, follows the underground tunnel (aqueduct) of Eupalinos, which allowed him to convey the water to Pythagorio ancient capital of the island, as well as the Roman Baths and the Kastro always Pythagorio.
urely the coasts and beaches of Samos are one of the main tourist attractions of the island. It is surprising variety of these beaches, from those small and hidden in the creeks to those large and extensive for kilometers, sand, pebbles or gravel. The northern coast is the most rugged and beaten by the winds, there are several beaches of both sand and pebbles, some small and very beautiful formed by coves as Tsbau, Lemonakia or Tsamadou (nudist beach) other more large and extensive as that of Potami or Kokkari. The south coast offers many more beaches such as pleasant sandy and Psili Ammos, the lively Potokaki, the long and sandy Kampos, the tranquil stretch of pebbles of Mykali or Balos without forgetting the enchanting treats such as Pappa Beach or Klima. In the map of Samos, as well as photo albums are reported the many that I have had the opportunity to see. The sea is always beautiful in all areas of the island, limpid and transparent proposes all shades of blue.
Personally I have stayed at the hotel S. Nicholas on the beach of Mykali, a small and pleasant positioned in a very quiet area, a few hundred meters from the village Sirenes. The hotel is simple and informal offers an average stay of the structures of the island but lower if compared to similar hotels in other islands in the area as Kos or Rhodes. The rooms are simple and not very large, the kitchen is good even if little varies and without particular ideas especially if you consider that we are in a sea resort. The pebble beach of Mykali is easily accessible and is equipped with umbrellas and deckchairs at the disposal of guests.