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.
Selection of hotels in this region:
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