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Samos

Samos

The mythical birthplace of the goddess Hera is certainly worthy of its divine reputation. As one of the greenest of all Aegean islands, its natural beauty of Samos has been the inspiration for poets and artists for millennia. Nature-lovers and beach-bums alike are attracted to its pebbled beaches, green expanses and impressive rocky cliffs. The island is also famous for its vineyards and home to the ruins of the magnificent Temple of Hera and a true marvel of ancient engineering, the 1,000-metre Tunnel of Eupalinos, which once brought clean drinking water to the people of Pythagoreio.

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Tunnel of Eupalinos

Perhaps the greatest testament to the scientific genius of Samos' golden-age citizens, the 1,034-metre-long Tunnel of Eupalinos was an aqueduct and service tunnel built beginning in 524 BC. This incredible feat of ancient engineering claimed the lives of many workers, but brought vital drinking water to the inhabitants of Pythagoreio, then a metropolis of 80,000.

Address
Pythagoreio, Samos
The Heraion

Though today only some ruins remain, this temple dedicated to the goddess Hera (and built in the 6th century BC on the site where according to she was born) was once four times the size of the Parthenon in Athens. The road leading to the site from Pythagoreio was once lined with impressive statues that led the way to the temple.

Address
Ireon, Samos
Stella

Down a narrow winding path from Balos Beach lies Stella, a restaurant that serves beautifully presented and expertly prepared specialties from Cyprus. The area is green and refreshing, and the traditional food is served with a contemporary twist in the beautiful garden.

Address
Balos Beach, Ormos Koumeikon, Samos
Lakis Restaurant

Fabulous Greek cuisine is served at this no-frills restaurant in Pythagoreion. Prices are very reasonable, and the warm and welcoming staff is very generous with their free desserts and ouzo. Seafood is the specialty, and the Chicken Souvlaki comes highly recommended.

Address
Pythagoreio, Samos
Kallisti Gallery

Kallisti Gallery showcases the best of contemporary art and home decor from Greek designers and artists, including hand-made gold and silver jewels and art objects, intricate sculptures and glass-work, and very artful trinkets and knick-knacks to complement any room.

Address
Lykourgos Logothetis 55, Pythagoreio, Samos
Xrisallis

Xrisallis is a colourful little boutique that sells unique clothing items, all of which convey the island spirit of Samos. All items are unique and autochthonous, from clothes and shoes to home decor, shoes and shawls.

Address
Likourgou Logotheti, Pythagoreio, Samos

Samos International Airport

Samos International Airport (SMI), also known as Aristarchos Airport, lies about 5 kilometres away from the city of Pythagoreion. KTEL buses serve the airport about 4 times daily, and taxis are available to get to the major destinations on the island, primarily Pythagoreion and Vathy.

Address
Samos International Airport, Pythagoreio, Samos

Public Transport

The cities of Samos themselves are easy to explore by foot. Transportation between the main urban areas (Vathy, Pythagoreion, Kokkari, Karlovasi, etc.) is best done by bus, as the island boasts a good and effective bus network. Most destinations can be reached very inexpensively within about an hour. Ferries are also available to several hard-to-reach beaches, as well as to other Aegean islands and to Kusadasi, in Turkey.