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On the rim of the famed Icarian Sea, lies the island of Samos. With an area of 475 sq.km. and a population of some 35,000 inhabitants it is the largest of the north-eastern Aegean islands. The island’s large size, diverse geology and important geopolitical position have ensured that Samos offers its visitors diversity, has a long and interesting history and is easily accessible.
Samos has a small yet busy airport with daily domestic flights and numerous seasonal international connections. The three main ports, link it by boat to the mainland, other islands and even Turkey.
Lying on the north-eastern edge of the Aegean sea, some 175 nautical miles from Athens, yet only a few kilometers off the shores of Asia Minor, Samos boasts 160 kilometers of coasts with long, pure-white sandy beaches and small fishing harbors, as well as many picturesque inland villages dotting the island’s two striking mountain ranges and linked by forest roads offering breathtaking views of the Aegean through the pine forests.
Samos’s history is long and proud and lives on through archaeological sites, museums, historical monuments and most importantly its day to day traditions. In antiquity, Samos was the home of the mathematician Pythagoras, the philosopher Epicure, the fabulist Aesop, and the astronomer Aristarchus. Samian Hera, queen of Mount Olympus and wife of Zeus, was born here, and as such, grand temples were erected to worship her. The most impressive, the Heraion, is a Unesco World Heritage Site and a popular attraction for visitors from around the world. Samos reached its peak during the reign of the tyrant Polycrates, rising to become one of the most powerful city-states of lonia and dominating the seas with its famous “Samaina”, boats with five tiers of oarsmen. In Pythagorion, near the ancient theatre—used today for summer cultural festivals—and the Polycrates Wall (second half 6th century B.C.) is the famous Eupalinos tunnel-aqueduct, a technical marvel dating to the 6th century B.C., which used to supply the town with fresh water from the other side of the mountain. A small on-site museum houses local finds, while the capital’s archaeological museum boasts an interesting collection of local antiquities from various periods and is renowned for its giant kouros (male statue).
In Ottoman times, Samos retained a form of independence within the empire, allowing for trade in wine, tobacco and leather products to flourish. The island’s capital, Samos, is built amphitheatrically on the slopes around the natural harbor of Vathy, while the island’s wealth is visible in the architecture and style of the buildings. In the port of Karlovassi, the old industrial and trade capital of the island, many of the old tanneries which flourished in the 19th and early 20th century still stand, their charming turn of the century industrial architecture transporting the visitor to times past. Today, they are being converted to house the Mathematics department of the University of the Aegean.
Karlovassi, only a short drive from Marnei Mare, is a lively port with a number of traditional Greek tavernas and fish restaurants as well as shops, banks, and a medical centre. Cafés line the old harbor where one can idle time away sipping an iced-coffee or an ouzo. Karlovassi nightlife is vibrant, especially in the summer season. The beach life is a big part of the local lifestyle, and can be best sampled at Potami beach, any time of the day.
One of the most characteristic aspects of Samos is the beauty and variety of the nature. In fact many rare plants are registered on the island, while miniature orchids are to be found in most varieties here. On the Southern side of the island, long sandy beaches protected from the northerly winds, on the northern side of the island, shorter more remote beaches, some of them sandy, some pebbled, all incredibly beautiful. Further inland, impressive forests climb the mountainous landscape offering the visitor endless miles of mountain roads and hikes during which one can visit monasteries and remote villages which live off farming the rich land of Samos island using age old methods. Mountain villages like Manolates and Vourliotes, call for a late afternoon visit, the ambience, locals and scenery, make the visitor part of this traditional and festive place. In Mytilinioi, an open air cinema operates in the summer, one of the best examples of its genre. Further a field the island of Patmos with its famous Cave of the Apocalypse and the monastery, is a short boat ride away, as is the ancient city of Ephesus and Kusadasi open air market, in Turkey, add to the variety of available activities for the visitor of Samos.
Samos has much to offer and yearns to be discovered. The best method might be to simply follow ones instinct and let the new scenery unveil itself
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22120 - (Sleeps 2)
Tucked away in the corner of a walled garden, immediately behind the beach-front houses, this tiny house is idyllic. Only metres from...
22121 - (Sleeps 3)
Occupying an unrivalled position boasting magnificent views over the Bay of Ormos, this accommodation is set within attractive landscaped grounds. All ten...
22125 - (Sleeps 3)
Tucked away to one side of the fishing harbour, Villa overlooks Ormos’ waterfront and the main street of tavernas and cafés where...
15913 - (Sleeps 4)
This is a superb small unit, amongst the nicest we have seen on Samos. Located on a small rise above the sea, with...
15911 - (Sleeps 5)
This pair of maisonettes, in our view, offer a very high standard of accommodation in the sought-after 'old harbour' area of the...
22119 - (Sleeps 5)
These fine studios have an enviable location and fabulous views, as they are right on Kokkari’s old fishing harbour. There are five studios...
24116 - (Sleeps 5)
The Lemos Hotel is one of the nicest small hotels in Kokkari and occupies an enviable location. It directly overlooks the sea...
24115 - (Sleeps 5)
For those seeking peace and quiet with fine views close to the sea and a couple of really good local tavernas, these...
22123 - (Sleeps 5)
Built directly above the sea and boasting stunning views, it is just a minute or two’s walk down the hill to Platanaki...
10756 - (Sleeps 6)
Marnei Mare consists of three villas. Villa Nicholas & Stelios have 3 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Villa Katerina has 4 bedrooms, 2...
22124 - (Sleeps 6)
This is one of our top properties in Greece and offers the highest standards and best views we have seen in the...
10757 - (Sleeps 6)
Marnei Mare consists of three villas. Villa Nicholas & Stelios have 3 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Villa Katerina has 4 bedrooms, 2...
10758 - (Sleeps 8)
Marnei Mare consists of three villas. Villa Nicholas & Stelios have 3 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Villa Katerina has 4 bedrooms, 2...
24079 - (Sleeps 2)
We have built these new 1-bedroom apartments next door, immediately above and behind the Despina Studios. They offer high modern standards and...
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