Samos is often affectionately referred to as the Emerald of the Aegean and as soon as you arrive there you will understand why. Two mountain formations cover the greatest part of the island, with acres of forests, vineyards and olive groves overlooking the aqua blue Aegean Sea. Dirt roads in the highlands, inland water springs, caves and demanding routes in the mountains are what make Samos a top destination for mountain bikers, trekkers, climbers and runners alike, with guided tours available in abundance. Fortunately, Samos has been spared the excesses of Greek tourism.
The courteous and hard working locals are proud of their traditions and Island, and still embrace them today. In this way Samos manages to maintain a real authenticity which nowadays can be increasingly hard to find.
The windsurf centre is located in Kokkari on the Northern coast of Samos. The Meltemi blows side shore from the left here creating some really sweet freeride conditions. On top of this the mountainous backdrop gives way to a regular afternoon thermal. The transfer time from the airport is just 20 minutes. The village of Kokkari is only 5 minutes walk from the center and is home to the most picturesque fishing harbour on Samos.
All you may need is here; car rental, internet, cash dispensers, pharmacy, chic boutiques, fresh fish and traditional home cooking tavernas and a waterfront promenade where you can sit and sip cocktails while the world goes by.
WHAT IS THERE TO DO AND SEE ON SAMOS ?
Although relatively small (an 85km round trip), Samos has loads to offer all types of visitors. Pine forests and olive groves sweep down to long stretches of sandy beaches lapped by crystal clear waters. Samos is also a producer of the best known Muscat Wines in the world and this is apparent by the 3,700 acres of vineyards that cover the island. The Ouzo and Honey made here are also not to be missed! If history is your thing then Samos can also provide. Proud to be the home of Pythagoras the great philosopher, mathematician and musician, a statue is erected on the island in his honor and there are numerous archeological sites and museums waiting to be discovered.
Samos really is a special place of nature and its beautiful and diverse scenery is hard to put into words. Just go and see for yourself; you won’t be disappointed!
Manolates -; Traditional village 380m above sea level.
Pythagorio: Main tourist resort with bustling harbour and heaps of history.
The Tunnel of Efpalinus: Aquaduct built 6th Century BC; one of the most significant engineering feats of the ancient world.
Waterfalls Gorge of Potani: Beautiful walks; lakes, waterfalls and forests.
Manolates: The Valley of the Nightingales; One of the best walks on Samos and the singing nightingales will keep you company!
Meltemi Taverna in Kokkari; fresh caught fish on a beach location served by friendly and fun family