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Holidays to South West Samos

South West Samos holidays

Ormos and Votsalakia

Transfer time 60-75 minutes

The peaceful south-western corner of Samos contains some of the island’s finest beaches and scenery.

Ormos is a delight – a small traditional fishing village built around a working harbour, with a line of cafés and tavernas strung along the waterfront, a selection of useful local shops, a handful of apartments and just one hotel. Boat trips ran last summer from the newly expanded harbour  (we are assured that work on this is finally complete). The small sand/shingle village beach has sun beds and umbrellas, and a longer 'wild' beach starts just beyond. A 15 minute walk over the headland brings you to a well liked alternative beach just before Votsalakia.

Votsalakia, South West Samos

Holidays In South West Samos

Ormos is a delightfully authentic and friendly little spot and the village provides everything you should need for a relaxed holiday in very 'Greek' surroundings.

A mile to the west over the headland, and easily walkable from Ormos, Votsalakia (sometimes called Kambos) also offers a quieter holiday but with the facilities of a small resort. Votsalakia spreads itself along its very long, fine beach and has a good choice of restaurants, café-bars (including an internet café) and small shops. Cars and bicycles can be rented.

The main sand/pebble beach is one of the longest on Samos – nearly two miles – with sun beds available, and offers good swimming in a very clean sea.

A few miles further west a string of fine beaches culminates in Limnionas, which is as close to ‘away from it all’ Greek perfection as you could find. It comprises simply a crescent of coarse golden sand (with shingle outcrops) shelving into a sea of Aegean blue; a pair of tavernas above the sea, plus one more on the road down; and the sheer slopes of Mount Kerkis – Samos’ highest peak – as an imposing backdrop. As there is no longer a mini-market in Limnionas car hire is recommended as the closest shops are at Votsalakia 5 kms distant.

The whole region is fine walking country. Hikers will enjoy the trail up Mount Kerkis to Evangelistria monastery (a steep 3-4 hours – cheats can get closer by car and just walk the last bit!); whilst more casual ramblers must walk the 2½ km track above the sea from Limnionas to the wonderfully named ‘Taverna at the End of the World’, where you can swim from the beach below before taking a well earned lunch.

Wherever you choose to stay in south west Samos, car hire is recommended for further exploration as excursions and the once-daily early morning bus service are very limited. If you have a car for a few days you can also drive to Pythagorion for a day trip to Ephesus and Turkey.

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