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Samos

Samos Holidays 2016/2017

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.

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Vineyard creations

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.

Where to stay in Samos

Kokkari
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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.

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  • Greek Orthodox
  • Euro
  • Greek
  • Approx 35,000
  • GMT +2

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.