Samos offers such variety that everyone should be able to find what they want from a holiday here. With some 160 kms of coastline and a rugged mountainous interior to explore, you will encounter magnificent scenery, traditional inland villages, small fishing hamlets, established seaside resorts and many fine beaches.
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Of course, with attractions like these, and an international airport to boot, Samos receives its fair share of visitors. But tourism here is aimed towards the upper end of the market and, besides, being about 50 miles long the island is large enough to absorb its summer influx.
Our love of this Aegean island is also a passion shared by Amanda Dardanis of The Times and The Sunday Times. Read her article on why Samos still one of the best-value-for-quality Greek destinations around.
Chris Leadbeater of the Telegraph has also written about Samos recently. Read his article 'Samos still offers the best of Greece (and bargains)' here.
Holidays In Samos
The north and west attract many walkers in early and late season. Springtime and early summer see carpets of wild flowers. Pine-forests clad the lower mountain slopes – the highest peak being Kerkis in the west at 1437m – and tracks link village to village. Gentler walking can be found through the olive groves and vineyards lower down.
Wherever you go you will find good beaches. They range from peaceful little pebble bays, with few people and one taverna, to longer stretches of sand or shingle with water sports and sunbeds for
hire. Those on the north-east coast, picturesquely backed by cliff and pine, are popular and feature on all the postcards; those in the south are more sheltered and sandy towards the west. In common with all Aegean islands, Samos can be windy in the high summer months.
Samos has a good bus service, especially along the north coast from/to Samos Town (aka Vathy), and the roads are also generally in good condition, making it an easy island to explore. Sea excursions include guided day trips to famous Ephesus in Turkey, the historic island of Patmos and a boat trip BBQ, all operating out of Pythagorion.
Samos has a fair amount of history of its own, as evidenced by remains in the environs of Pythagorion (which is itself named after the island’s most famous son, Pythagoras). The most impressive of these
are the ancient Temple of Hera and Evpalinus Tunnel, both dating from the 6th century BC. The former was a very important sanctuary indeed – vast but never actually completed; the latter an aqueduct over 1000m long bored through the mountain rock – an amazing feat of engineering.
Finally Samos is known for its wine (the Golden Samena in particular is excellent). Perhaps that’s why the temple remains still unfinished!
Thursday Day flight Gatwick to Samos(note: inbound flight via Lemnos). Then 30-90 mins by taxi or coach.
Samos with Ikaria, Patmos or Kusadasi in Turkey - please see relevant resort pages for important transfer info. Samos can also be included in a tailor made island hopping itinerary with many of the Dodecanese island e.g. Lipsi, Leros, Kos, Kalymnos, Symi, Rhodes - please enquire for details