SAMOS - A MOSAIC OF OPTIONS
Samos is located east of the Aegean Sea near the coasts of Asia Minor and its capital is Samos or Vathi. The capital is built in a beautiful bay with a central point Pythagoras Square, since 1864. Near the city of Samos is Vathi one of the oldest villages, which retains its traditional character with beautiful houses, narrow streets and its picturesque neighborhoods. Karlovasi, the commercial center of the island has a large port and an excellent market. In Karlovasi is Seitania where the Monachous Seal finds refuge and the waterfalls are an important attraction. Pythagorion is built on Ancient Samos and its archaeological, cultural and historical significance is recognized worldwide, since it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The port is dominated by the statue of the philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras. Picturesque, with unique beaches, Kokkari is one of the most beautiful destinations in Samos that combines green with blue and the vegetation reaches the beaches. Marathokampos is built at the foot of Kerkis around the bay of the same name near the cave of Pythagoras where, according to tradition, Pythagoras found refuge when Polycrates chased him. To the west is the Kakoperato cave, with an interior adorned with magnificent stalactites and stalagmites. Manolates is located in the northern part of the island, it is a traditional village built in a mountainous green area and overlooks Asia Minor. Ampelos is a traditional village, which is surrounded by greenery and many vineyards.
Mytilene is one of the largest and most remarkable villages amphitheatrically in the middle of the valley of Chisio and has six churches and many chapels. The settlement of Ireos, which is part of the community of Pagonda, is located 17 km from the city of Samos. Idroussa in northwestern Samos and is built in a green environment with forests, vineyards and running water. The village of Platanos is built at a high altitude on Mount Karvouni, between forests and vineyards. Kastania is built at the foot of Mount Kerkis, in an area with running water, dense vegetation and abundant chestnut trees. The archeological site of Heraion is probably the largest temple in Greece dedicated to the worship of the goddess Hera, the wife of Zeus.
Kusadasi is a popular and cosmopolitan tourist resort that attracts thousands of tourists. It offers many attractions such as the city walls, the Byzantine castle, the island opposite Kusadasi, the National Park etc. The birthplace of one of the seven sages of Ancient Greece, Thales, Miletus was a city in Ionia, near the estuary of the Meander River. Outside Karlovasi, there are the famous waterfalls of Samos that have natural beauty and form two small lakes. The most famous wetlands of Samos are the wetland of Alyki, the swamp of Mesokampos, the lakes Glyfades of Pythagorion and the swamp of Chora. The Archaeological Museum of the island hosts collections of archaic sculpture, ceramics, bronze and wooden objects from various eras.
The beaches of Samos are many, different styles each but equally charming all. Gago beach is a beautiful, closed bay with the characteristic fact that it does not see the open sea but Samos itself. Livadaki beach is closed by rocks on the right and left and in the background there is a small island that creates the feeling of a lake. Megalo Seitani is one of the best beaches of Samos which has been characterized as a biological park as the area is frequented by Monachus - Monachus seals. Potami is one of the most famous beaches with pebbles and crystal clear waters. The beach in Karlovasi is located close to the port of the settlement, which is not protected from the north winds resulting in waves when meltemia prevails. Immediately after the cosmopolitan Pythagorion, the famous beach of Pythagorion stretches for several kilometers.
Samos is famous for its muscat wine, with its unique taste, quality and rich fruity aromas. He has been honored with many gold awards and international distinctions. Another well-known product of Samos is honey due to the large vegetation of pine and thyme that abound on the island with a special aroma and taste. A traditional drink of Samos is the suma "the tsikoudia of Samos" with an intensely fragrant and transparent raki. The island also cultivates herbs and produces essential oils of superior quality. The goat is considered a specialty of Sami cuisine in all its variants such as grilled back, leg with potatoes or even braised. Other well-known local dishes are the patties with pumpkin and leathery cheese,smoked butts poppies with tarama, katimeria, must flour, paspalas (pork salt), onion stuffing, dried spaghetti. In Samos, the art of pottery continues to this day as ornate vases are made in the pottery workshops of the island, most famously the Pythagorean mug.