An island of immaculate beaches, charming restaurants, friendly bars, and lots of activities – Samos is the jewel of the Aegean Sea. With history and culture, this island is vibrant yet relaxed, with a bustling capital and an abundance of interesting places for you to explore.
The island of Samos has plenty to see and do and is the perfect destination for couples, groups, and families alike. The pristine beaches are also home to several diving centres that can take you on trips to explore close reefs, shipwrecks and nearby uninhabited islands. On the north coast of the island, windsurfing is one of the more popular activities.
There are a variety of footpaths for hiking on Samos, which can take you on adventures to old monasteries, vineyards, waterfalls, villages, or caves. And when all of this excitement gets too much, you can retire to one of the many charming bars and restaurants on the island and relax with a glass of Samian wine.
Also on the north coast, Kokkari is a sweet seaside town with plenty of options for places to stay. You'll find high-end hotels with pristine swimming pools, private apartments with perfect beach views, and plenty of options for travellers on a budget who are looking for a luxurious holiday in this relaxed and friendly town.
The beaches of Samos are famous for their beautiful blue waters and peaceful, unspoilt environment. They are well maintained and organised with plenty of amenities for tourists, but still retain their natural beauty and tranquility.
Popular beaches include those at Kokkari, Lemonakia, Mykali and Tsamadou, but there are plenty more secluded spots you could discover for yourself if you're looking for somewhere more private. Many of the beaches are a combination of pebbles and sand, and lots provide opportunities for watersports and snorkeling. You can also find some lovely tavernas and beach bars along the coast where you can grab some refreshments after a day spent in the sun.
Samos is famous for its wine, so be sure to visit a winery while you're on the island in order to get a taste of the authentic Samian experience. The island's vineyards have been celebrated since ancient times, so the Samian winemakers have had millennia to perfect their craft. The grapes grown on Samos are of the Muscat variety, and consequently a lot of the wines made on the island are sweet dessert wines, including the famous Samos Nectar and the Samos Vin Doux.
A little slice of history
In Greek myth, Samos was the birthplace of Hera, the Queen of the Gods and wife to Zeus. The sprawling ruins of the ancient sanctuary, the Heraion, built for her on the island, are a fascinating attraction to visit and can give you a real feel for the rich and important history of this island. If you remember Pythagoras from school, you might also be interested to know that the famous mathematician was born on the island, as was the hedonistic philosopher Epicurus.
Things to see
With such a long and illustrious history, there are plenty of attractions on Samos to immerse yourself in – the Heraion mentioned above is just one of the many highlights. There is also the impressive Tunnel of Eupalinos, which is considered one of the great engineering achievements of antiquity, and also various archaeological museums for those interested in the ancient period. To discover more about one of the island's famous industries, you can visit the Samos Wine Museum. There are also various churches and castles, and the Potami Waterfalls are a must-see.