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Mini guide to Samos


Those arriving by air will easily notice that Samos is one of the greenest and mountainous Aegean Islands. The steep slopes of the mountains are cloaked with cypresses, and have deep ravines cut into them. The region makes an ideal location for trekking and mountain biking. Alternatively, the island also has some beautiful beaches and quaint old towns with narrow streets.

The terrain of Samos is at its most dramatic in the north, where the sides of mountains plunge directly into the sea. One of the best areas to head for is Platanakia, where the lush valleys are fed by rushing streams, and rarely-visited mountain villages dot the hillsides. The northern coast has some good hiking and biking trails to explore as well.

The island's principal ports, where you can watch colourful boats coming and going in the harbour, are: Vathi in the northeast and Karlovassi in the northwest. Ano Vathi, the old town within Vathi, contains narrow streets which are a delight to walk along. To see some sculpture from the Hellenistic period, drop in at the town's museum.

The best beaches on the island are at Micro Seitani and Megalo Seitani in the north, though the area around Pithagorio in the south also has some fine stretches of sand. As for eating and nightlife, the towns of Vathi, Karlovassi and Pithagorio have plenty of options.

If you rent a car, you can head off into the mountains of the interior, which offer a restful alternative to the crowded beaches in the high season. Manolates and Vourliotes are both quiet and the locals are very friendly.

The best way to get to Samos is to fly to Athens, and then take an onward connection to Samos via daily flights on Olympic or Avionic Airways.

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