The island of Samos, famous for its exquisite wines, is an all-green island with unique beauties. Vathi, the capital of the island, is full of people and especially during summer, the restaurants and cafes are full of locals and tourists. You will be impressed by the imposing neoclassical buildings in Vathi. Samos has got other impressive and equally important areas as well, like Karlovasi, Marathokambos and Pythagorio. Samos has got sandy beaches and beaches with pebbles as well as waterfalls near Karlovasi where you can swim. During your holidays in Samos, you will experience moments of relaxation and entertainment as well, since at nights the island parties. The attractions, the beaches, the monuments, the monasteries and the churches in Samos will win you at first sight. Book your ferry tickets as soon as possible and enjoy unique holidays in Samos.
The Samos Port
There are regular ferry departures from the port of Piraeus and the port of Rafina for the port of Samos and the journey, including stops at other islands as well, lasts about 12 to 17 hours. For a carefree journey, book your ferry tickets online via aktoploika.gr. Vathi, is the port of Samos as well as its capital. There is a port in Karlovasi as well and together with the one in Vathi, they are the two big and central ports of the island.
Connection With Other Ports
Samos has a ferry connection with the following ports: Piraeus, Agathonisi, Arkioi, Chios, Fournoi, Ikaria, Kalymnos, Kavala, Kos, Leros, Lesvos, Limnos, Mykonos, Lipsi, Paros, Naxos, Patmos, Samos (Karlovasi), Syros, Kusadasi (Turkey), Rhodes, Symi.
Samos Ferry Tickets
You can now book ferry tickets online for Samos via Aktoploika.gr. If you plan to travel during July and August, it's best if you have booked several days or weeks earlier to avoid hitches. You should also know that round-trip/return ferry tickets come with a considerable discount.
Samos is a big island and has got a developed road network as well as lots of long distance buses with regular and frequent itineraries for all the areas of the island. Since Samos has a developed touristic infrastructure, you will meet no difficulties in finding a rental agency to rent a vehicle for easier travelling.
In Samos you'll definitely won't find difficult, to move from one place to another, as at least 50 buses with many routes from Hora and Karlovasi cover all transportation needs, heading to Kokkari, Pythagoreio, Agios Konstantinos, Agios Dimitrios, Herseon, Mytilini, Marathokampos, Votsalakia and Avlakia, with many stops between them. In the summer time more routes are added to the famous beaches Tsamadou, Ireo and Psili Ammos. You can, finally, use one of the fishing boats, that directly connect Hora and Pythagoreio, a more romantic route, away from the island's traffic.
The queen of the vineyards
Delectable muscat, stone terraces with views to the Aegean Sea, beautiful vineyards, stunning neoclassical, traditional houses, ancient temples, giant Kuros, landlocked monasteries.
Samos, a lush island in northeast Aegean knows how to fascinate its visitors. The capital of the island, Samos, is a settlement with the neighboring Vathi. Visit the Town Hall and the Gallery housed in it, as well as the archaeological museum with the giant Kouros, height 5.5 m., and numerous findings that place the ancient Samos among the most important cities of antiquity. Admire the mansions, irrefutable witnesses of glory times and wealth of the island and spend time in the traditional houses, with architectural influences from the mainland Greece, the Balkans and Asia minor.
In Karlovasi, tanneries, tobacco and textile factories testify to the economic prosperity of the island. Don't miss the impressive waterfalls in Potami. In the hinterland of the island, in the beautiful Mitilinii, visit the paleontological museum, while to the south, don't miss visiting the monastery of the Holy Cross and the Megali Panagia Monastery.
In Pithagorio, built on the ruins of the ancient Samos, you will be impressed by the tunnel of Efpalinos, tunnel of 1.350m length constructed in the 6th century BC in order to supply the ancient city with water. Located in the same area there is the most important archaeological site on the island, the Hereon, with the famous Temple of Hera and the altar. The archaeological research also brought to light the Sacred Street, the road leading from the city of Samos to the sanctuary, houses, villas with excellent technical mosaic floors, sports facilities, bathrooms, walls of the settlement and the many findings that testify the high level of culture that characterized the city.
The wine lovers, enjoy a visit to the two wineries of the island and see the beautiful Samian Wine Museum in Malagari. And of course take the boat from the Bay of Marathokampos for a visit to the island of Samiopula to the south of Samos.
- The ideal family-beaches are Mykali and Psili Ammos. Water is shallow and they have all the basic facilities.
- The beaches on the island's west are the most beautiful, offering isolation and picturesque sceneries. Most of them are accessible via dirt-roads, so you shall better rent a 4x4 vehicle.
- Pythagoreio is Mediterranean Sea's oldest port and a sight that will definitely steal your heart. You can hire a small boat to you to Samiopoula island with its deserted beaches.
- Samos offers a great variety of domestic products, but the most famous are its wines. You can taste all the famous Samos wines in the island's two wineries the United Winemaking Agricultural Cooperation of Samos has in Karlovasi village and Vathy village. You'll also have the chance to get to know the island's wine-tastes and participate in acts and parties in "Samos Wine Festival".
- Potami Waterfalls, as well as Ampelos Waterfalls offer a majestic view and a sense of adventure. The first one is easy to be reach, while you'll have to cross 58 steps and then swim to get to the second. In both cases the result will compensate you.
- Don't forget to visit the magnificent Kokkari village. It's the "Europe's 3rd most beautiful village" according to Best European Destinations Agency on 2016.
Samos is perhaps Aegean Sea's most suffered island, due to the many fires that took place there during the last decades. Throwing garbage and set fires in the woods are strictly forbidden and penalties are too heavy for those that disobey the rules.
There are about 150 steps you have to cross, to visit the famous Pythagoras Cave, and you'll have to do it carefully and patiently.
Efpalinio Excavation, the tunnel that supplied Ancient Samos with water, isn't a place for claustrophobics.
If you want to find a good spot in the islands' most famous beaches, you'll have to be there early in the morning.
Roads are in good condition, but don't forget that there are many animals going around on the island and they may be on your way at any time.
Happy Holidays in Samos!!!