The second-largest city on the island of Samos, Karlovassi combines gorgeous mountain scenery with tucked-away beaches and a nearby town offering neoclassical architecture. The main town is also home to a university which creates a real buzz, so there is a vast selection of bars and cafes to suit younger crowds. If you're hoping to spread your wings and see more of the area, Karlovassi is just 45 minutes away from the island's capital, also called Samos.
Karlovassi is distinctive and is separated into five sections: the old town and new town, the port, bay, and the middle. If you're looking to see how you can spend your time in Karlovassi, here are some ideas:
Invest in your relaxation
Unlike other Greek resorts, you won't have white sandy beaches on your doorstep, so you may have to do some hunting to find a little cove. As many beaches are fairly secluded and tricky to reach, it's not unusual to have to make the trip by foot. You'll find a tiny pebble beach in the town harbour, but if you're desperate to sit back and relax on a sandy stretch, then many make the hour's trip to Psili Ammos Beach.
Admire some architecture
For cultural enthusiasts, Karlovassi has more than its fair share of churches. Many of these are gigantic – Agios Nikolaos church certainly takes the crown. Showcasing exquisite Moroccan-style architecture, you'll discover the building at the very end of a pleasant pathway dotted with towering trees.
Enjoy the nearby nightlife
As Samos town is nearby, it's worth making the trip to the capital. Walk the narrow streets to discover quaint shops and bakeries, or why not spend an evening visiting the busy night markets or grab a bite at one of the luxurious tavernas. Bars and clubs playing traditional Greek music are scattered throughout the town and will make the perfect evening pastime for night owls.
Closest airport to Karlovassi
The closest airport to Karlovassi is Samos; the transfer will take approximately 45 minutes.