Greece is famous for its celebration of religion and life, and what better way to do this than through festivals throughout the long summer months? Samos is no exception and visitors to the island will find feasts on various days throughout the year, celebrating the various saints in the Greek Orthodox religion such as the feast day of Agia Marina on 17th July in the village of Vourliotes, the birth of the Virgin Mary at the Monastery of Panagia Vrondiani on 8th September and the feast of Panagia Spiliani near Pythagorion on 21st November. Festivals of this kind in Greece are known as Panigiri’s and usually involve the whole community who each provide a dish and congregate in the town square until way into the early hours of the morning, eating, dancing and socialising. There’s sure to be even a small panigiri taking place during your visit to Samos, be sure to seek one out and take part.
Approx. a mile behind the pebbly beach of Potami – along a path following the river through the forest in the direction of the mountains - you will come to a small waterfall forming a beautiful, but ice cold, lake. Here there are several steps carved into the rock, worth climbing to reach the second lake and waterfall. The Waterfalls are a testament to the fact that Samos offers diverse topography.
As with anywhere in Greece, archaeological sites abound – and Samos is no exception. A few examples of sites that should not be missed include the Tunnel of Eupalinos – a 4,000ft long water tunnel built through solid limestone in the 6th century and constructed with no magnetic compass, surveying instruments or even written mathematical instructions.