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Welcome to Samos, the greenest and most mountainous of the Northeast Aegean islands! The island of Pythagoras, within a stone’s throw from the Turkish coast, is an island of wild beauty and mystery. Travellers who search cheap air tickets to Samos get immediately captivated by its charm and return over and over again; not because Samos is purely tourist destination, but rather because it has a genuine character and many combined different choices for visitors. From the vibrant capital of Vathy to the secluded beaches of Plaka and Mikro Seitani, from the radiant, UNESCO-listed Pythagorio, to the idyllic paths that lead to picturesque traditional little villages. Proud birthplace of philosophers, scientists and important personalities of the antiquity, Samos keeps a low profile and a laid-back atmosphere. Book your flights and find cheap accommodation in Samos and discover the hidden gem of the Greek islands!
Samos, an almost subtropical island with endless vineyards, olive groves, pine trees and cypresses, traditional villages perched on high hills and beaches of all kinds and sizes – how could you not love Samos! Famous for the sweet Moscato wine, locally produced on the island’s unique landscape of “pezoules”, Samos boasts a precious wine-producing tradition and a great historical and archaeological heritage.
Samos is considered to be the mythical birthplace of goddess Hera and the actual birthplace of renowned figures like mathematician Pythagoras, philosopher Epicurus, astronomer Aristarchus of Samos and legendary story-teller Aesop!
Beyond the historical and archaeological sites, Samos has much and more to offer to visitors. Beaches of immense beauty and scenery rarely seen in other parts of Greece, fine restaurants and traditional taverns with local delicacies and numerous nightlife choices will keep you busy at all times.
What are you waiting for? Plan your trip and dive into the beauty of Samos!
The airport of Samos (Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Σάμου "Αρίσταρχος") is located 14 kilometres from Vathy and is accessible by bus.
Getting around Samos
You can get around Samos using the island’s extensive bus network. Fares depend on the route and minimum taxi fare costs 3.15€.
Your experience in Samos begins at the picturesque village of Pythagorio, one of the most popular, busy and interesting locations in the island, featuring an iconic port with amphitheatrically built elegant houses and paved streets lined with restaurants and quaint cafes. The perfect combination of traditional beauty and touristic development, Pythagorio is, in fact, the oldest port of Greece!
Pythagorio was named after Pythagoras, the great mathematician, a statue of whom stands at the edge of the dock.
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the medieval castle of Lykourgos Logothetis, local leader of the 19th century’s Greek Revolution!
Imagine travelling for a moment back in time, to the year 524 BC, when Pythagorio was the capital of Samos and the entire island was under the rule of tyrant Polycrates. What you would see is a large metropolis with a population of 80,000 - and a great shortage in fresh water! Polykratis called upon the engineer Eupalinos from Megara to settle this problem, by digging a gigantic tunnel through the mountain!
The 1,034-metre-long Tunnel of Eupalinos through Mount Kastro has been used as an aqueduct for over 1,000 years. Today, you can still visit part of it.
Samos’s supreme highlight consists of the ruins of the ancient temple of Hera (Heraion), just a few kilometres outside Pythagorio. Follow the ancient cobblestone “Sacred Way” (Iera Odos) and you will soon reach the UNESCO-listed temple.
- The Temple of Hera was built in the 6th century BC near the village where goddess Hera was born, according to mythology
- It is estimated that the temple was four times larger than the Parthenon – making it the largest Greek temple ever built
- Only one of the 115 columns survive today, along with an extensive area of the foundations, column bases and blocks of stone
- Nearby, you can also find a Christian church from the 5th century AD
Continue to the Monastery of Panagia Spiliani, which is located inside a large cave, at an altitude of 120 metres and is said to have been used over the years as a hideout and Pythagoras’s teaching place.
Samos also boasts a fine selection of museums, the most notable of which are:
- The Archaeological Museum of Samos, one of the best in the Aegean, is located in Vathy and features collections from the 6th century BC and houses the colossal, 5-metre-tall statue of Kouros of Samos
- The Archaeological Museum of Pythagorio, in Pythagorio, was inaugurated in 2010 and holds collections of columns, portraits, ceramics and other ancient items that span a period of time from the 9th to the 2nd century BC
- The Natural History Museum of the Aegean, located in the village of Mytilini, boasts a fascinating exhibition of paleontological findings, fossils and prehistoric animals, along with geological, botanical and zoological collections
Of all the beaches of Samos, there are two we highly recommend; the beaches of Mikro and Megalo Seitani, in Karlovassi are two of the most secluded, pristine beaches of Samos, primarily due to the difficult access to them. Be sure to visit them, to experience the real charm of Samos’s beaches!
The official language of Samos is Greek.