SAMOTHRACE - WILD NATURAL BEAUTY
Samothrace known as the "Holy Island", stands out with its cobbled streets and plane trees adorn the main square. Samothrace in ancient Greek means "High Thrace" as the top of Mount Saos has an altitude of 1610 meters. Characteristic is the natural beauty, the rare fauna and the streams with the waterfalls. It is world famous thanks to the famous statue of the Victory of Samothrace that adorns the Louvre Museum while the Archaeological Museum houses its copy. The capital and port of the island is Chora above Kamariotissa which is built amphitheatrically on the slopes of Saos with the medieval castle. Kamariotissa, which has been declared a traditional settlement, owes its name to the church of the village that hosts the icon of the Virgin Mary from Kamares. Important is the church of the Assumption of the Virgin, which was built in 1875 and houses the carriages of the Five Holy Martyrs of Samothrace.
The settlement of Paleopolis is a holiday destination with houses built on the archeological site where the Archaeological Museum and the Sanctuary of the Great Gods are located. It is the most important archeological site of the island where the famous Kaveri Mysteries were performed. The Folklore Museum exhibits objects of great cultural heritage while the medieval towers of Gattilusi, which contributed to the protection of the island, are of great interest. Profitis Ilias is the most mountainous village of Samothrace with a view that reaches Mount Athos. The village is famous for the local goat that is cooked in a traditional way and is a trademark for visitors looking for unique flavors. Xiropotamos is built along the stream of Xiropotamos, which is the largest in the area that forms one of the most impressive gorges of Samothrace.
Therma is one of the most touristic centers of the island from where the ascent to the top of Sao begins, the hike from Fonia to Klidosi the banks of the most famous torrent and the most popular pedestals of Samothrace. The settlement of Karyotes consists of two neighborhoods, Kato Karyotes and Ano Karyotes that generously offer the unique natural beauty of the island. Lakkoma is a seaside village that retains its architectural character built in the olive groves of Samothrace. In the area there are three old oil mills of the 20th century, which are examples of Samothrace primary-industrial architecture. Very close is the chapel of Panagia Krimniotissa with the unique view. Alonia is a rural village on the beach of which there is a fishing shelter. There is one of the most important monasteries, the Monastery of Agios Athanasios, which is part of the Monastery of Iveron on Mount Athos.
The island has been designated a protected area, included in the Natura 2000 network. The thermal baths in Therma are built between the plane trees and the foothills of the mountain known as Loutra. They are created from the sulfur source of temperature up to 60 degrees Celsius and are hosted in the Municipal Hydrotherapy Center where there are separate bathtubs for men and women. Pachia Ammos beach is one of the sandy beaches with a unique view of Imvros and Tenedos while Vatos is a beach that can only be reached by boat. The Gardens have deep water and black pebbles and of course the pedestals which is a treasure with small pools formed by the waterfalls Gria Vathra and Fonias. The beach Pyrgos of Fonia, is located at the northeastern end with the typical medieval Pyrgos, which stands half-ruined. The Fonia torrent, one of the largest in Samothrace, flows into the area.
Of course one could not visit Samothrace without trying the trademark of the island which is the goat in many variations on the spit, cooked or in oil paste with local cheeses. Other delicious options are the smoked bean soup, the yoghurt snacks and many more cooked dishes of the local cuisine. Village sourdough bread and seven-dough rusks are also delicious, while chickpea yeast bread is a special choice. The traditional products of the island are oil, olives, local cheeses such as mizithra and xerotyri and flower honey which is raw and royal jelly Of course one should not forget to try the spoon sweets such as sour cherry, cherry stone, quince, walnut, apricot, wild fig and wild plum which the locals call prausto and is made only in Samothrace. The traditional sweet of the island is the prausto that is made from a fruit like a mulberry tree and its name comes from the phrase "before August", which is the period when these fruits are harvested.