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Megalo Seitani

Megalo Seitani is located on the mountainous northwest coast of Samos. Roads to this part of the island do not exist, so by foot is the only way to reach the beach. Still there is no need to regret the walk: the views along the path are marvelous and the beach is one of the best beaches on Samos. As you have to walk to get there, it is very possible to have for yourself. It isn't an official nudist beach, but it seems to be convenient for nudism and for anyone who is interested in the naturist lifestyle. The beach consists of sand or small pebbles, there do not exist facilities. Be prepared with enough water, sun lotion or anything you need. From Karlovassi, past Potami beach, the road changes from asphalt to grit after about 15 minutes. Do not take the first track off to your right, follow the next path on the right some meters later. Keep continuing on this path as it leads you past a stone hut on the right. Until it weaves down through olive groves to apparently arrives at Mikro Seitani. Before you continue stop on this small beach for a quick swim! Cross the beach to some kind of stairs where you climb up the rocks to the path again. Follow this path and you will eventually reach Megalo Seitani bay. Depending on your celerity and the number of stops the walk from Karlovassi should take about two hours. Be sure to bring plenty of water, wear good walking shoes and suitable clothing. There might also be the possibility to take a small boat from Karlovassi to Megalo Seitani, if it can be found in the harbour.

 

Mikro Seitani

Mikro Seitani is a small isolated beach also located on the northwest coast of the island. There are not many other possibilities to reach this part of Samos as by foot. It is a nice beach to stop at for a swim on the way to Megalo Seitani but assumable it is not a beach to spend a whole day at.The beach is surrounded by rocks and consists of pebbles. From Karlovassi, past Potami beach, the road changes from asphalt to grit after about 15 minutes. Do not take the first track off to your right, follow the next path on the right some meters later. Keep continuing on this path as it leads you past a stone hut on the right. Until it weaves down through olive groves to apparently arrives at Mikro Seitani.

Potami

On Samos northeast coast this long pebble beach with clean waters can be found. It is reachable by car or by foot from Karlovassi. Mainly this beach consists of pebbles.

Waterfalls of Potami

An about 2 km long walk will take you from Potami up the river to the famous waterfalls. It will take you through a nice forest and apparently ends at a small lake where convenient for taking a swim. Then the falls are straight ahead.

 

Karlovassi

This small beach is located next to the road from Karlovassi, down to the harbour and close to the hotels in Karlovassi. On the beach there is a small tavern and available sunbeds and umbrellas.
Karlovassi beach consists of sand and pebbles.

Tsambou

This fine beach with crystal clear water is located just outside Avlakia. There is a parking area down by the beach which gives easy access to the beach, if you arriving by car. Tsambou beach consists of pebbles, available sunbeds and umbrellas and a small tavern.

Tsamadou

In a beautiful bay just outside Kokkari there is Tsamadou Beach. From a rather cliffy path down from the main road, the path keeps getting better. On the beach there is a small kiosk as well as taverns nearby. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available for hire. Moreover there are two nice water showers near the kiosk. Principally the beach consists of pebbles and in some parts it has a very steep bottom. Especially if it is a windy day you should expect some waves. The crystal clear water is well suited for snorkeling. This is the only official nudist beach on Samos, and one of the more famous in Greece, with one part of the beach set aside as a nude beach. When you reach the beach the nude area is on your right, to your left is the main non-nudist beach. Even for a non-nudist this marvelous beach is well worth a visit.
Eventhough there is a kiosk at the beach you should still make sure to bring suntan lotion and anything you need for your stay, because the nearest shops are in Kokkari.

Lemonakia

In a sheltered bay, Lemonakia Beach is located just outside Kokkari. To reach the beach follow the 100 m long path from the main road. Usually it is a bit more crowded than Tsamadou, but still it is a nice alternative especially for those who prefer calmer water. The beach consists of sand and pebbles, sun beds and umbrellas are available for rent. There is a small tavern on the beach.

Kokkari

Situated on the waterfront in Kokkari, this big beach is appropriately named “The Long beach”. There is a number of taverns right on the beach and plenty more nearby. Due to regular strong northern winds this beach is very popular with windsurfers. The beach consists of pebbles. As the beach is unsheltered from the northern winds it is possible to get pretty big waves near the beach which is something to consider especially when travelling with children.
With some impressive mountains in the background, the main long beach in Kokkari. There are two smaller and equally nice beaches to the east of Kokkari. They are more sheltered and therefore quieter. On the hill above the beaches there is a tavern, with a very nice panorama of the sea. It is a perfect site for a long laid-back lunch.

Gangou

About 2 km from the centre of Samos town there is Gangou beach. It has frequently been awarded with the blue flag for its clean and crystal clear water.

Kerveli

This is a relaxed and very quite beach situated on the east coast of Samos. It is perfect for those who want to spend a day at the beach without any disturbance. The beaches consist of pebbles and stones, there are taverns next to the beach offering among other things a free shower for guests. Access to the beach is really simple as you drive all the way down to the beach. kerveli beach from atop
There is a beach bar and restaurants nearby, sunbeds and umbrellas are available for hire. The beach is mainly gravel and sheltered in a small bay.

Psili Amos

This nice sandy beach is located 7 km to the south of Samos. It's very flat, therefore it is convenient to go with children there.
There are sunbeds and umbrellas available and there are some taverns nearby.



Pythagorio

Also known as “Remataki beach”, this rather small beach is in Pythagorio down by the harbour. As it is a sheltered and shallow beach, it is well suited for children. Near this very nice and sandy beach there are plenty of restaurants. Showers, sunbeds and parasols are available. Especially for visiting sailboats the bay is very a popular place to anchor.
For those who are seeking to do water sports are recommended to rather go to the larger “Potokaki beach”.

The statue of Pythagoras on the pier next to the beach is a must-see. For beer lovers there is a good opportunity to try some of the imported beers at “Rosseto's”.



Potokaki

This large beach with pebbles and sand is situated on southern Samos near many hotels in Pythagorio and the airport. Therefore it is possible to see one or two airplanes taking off right above your head – but do not worry it isn't prevalently enough to disturb you. “Doryssa Hotel” offers several water sport activities on the beach.

“Potokaki” - which is awarded with the blue flag - mainly consists of sand or pebbles. There are numerous locations where umbrellas and sunbeds are available. As you walk along the beach you can find plenty of taverns.



Papa beach

Wonderful and relaxed “Papa beach” is located 100 m outside Ireon. Nearby there is a tavern. This beach can be easily reached by car. Sunbeds and parasols are available just like showers and a small changing room. To the left of the main beach there is a second beach, getting to the sea is a bit more difficult there.

The beaches consist of pebbles and stones, so it is recommended to wear some kind of bathing shoes, especially if you want to go to the second beach.

Balos

Located in western Samos this long nice beach is well suited to have a break for lunch during an island tour. Take a relaxing time-out and enjoy a Greek snack in one of the small tavernas nearby. As it is a very quiet with pebbles and sand beach it is optimal for a peaceful rest.

Votsalakia

This is a very large beach located on southern Samos consisting of sand and pebbles. Umbrellas and sunbeds are available in one of the various locations along the beach. Moreover there are plenty of taverns close to the beach.

Psili Amos

Not to be mistaken for the other Psili Amos to the east of Samos, this nice beach with pebbles and sand is situated in the west.

As the beach consists of sand and pebbles, the sandy part is popular and is quickly filled up. There are sunbeds, a few tavernas and “The Blue Horizon Hotel” nearby. A quite steep path down from the main road leads to the beach

Limnionas

At the foot of mountain “Kerketes” in the west of Votsalakia there is this beach consisting of pebbles and sand. Sun beds and umbrellas are available for rent. On the beach there is also a small tavern.

Samiopoula

This small island near the south coast of Samos can be visited by boat from Pythagorion daily. With a small boat the journey from Pythagorio to Samiopoula takes about one hour. On the beach you can find fine sand and crystal clear water, that is why “Samiopoula” is one of the best beaches you will. As there are many tour operators who include a stop at this beach on their boat trips, it's not quite and idyllic as it is supposed to be. Although there is a small tavern on the island, make sure to bring water, food and suntan cream.
Umbrellas are available for free but no sunbeds.

 

Churches

The Church of Agios Spyridon

This church is located on the Square of Agios Spyridon in Vathi, the capital of Samos.
In this church the decision to unite Samos with the rest of Greece was taken, that is whhy it is of an historic importance.
On 12th of December the church commemorates the feast of Saint Spyridon.

The Monastery of Panagia Spilianis

It is situated in the village of Phythagorio, in the southern part of the island.
Its acceptation is Monastery of the Virgin of the Grotto.

The Monastery of Panagia Vrontiani

Samos' oldest monastery was founded in 1476 and refurbished many times: first in 1566, then in 1702 and in 1960.
Located in the western part of Samos, near the village of     Vourliotes, it is surrounded by a dense forest.
This monastery is famed for its noble icons and frescoes and for its gorgeous iconostasis.

The Monastery of Zoodohou Pigi

The Monastery of Zoodohou Pigi (“The Source of Life”) is situated on Mount Rampaidoni, a wooded area, to the east of the village Vlamari. Its foundation was during the 19th century. From the outside the main church has the shape of a crucifix and its interior is marvellously decorated.
Brought from and ancient site in Asia Minor, four ancient columns have been inserted in the church.

The Monastery Timiou Stavrou

The monastery “Holy Cross” is situated in the east-central part of the island. It is one of the oldest monasteries of Samos. First built in 1582, the monastery took its present form in 1838. A big three-aisled basilica with a round dome is the main church. Its north aisle is dedicated to the Well of Life, the middle aisle to the Holy Cross and the south aisle to Saint John the Baptist.
In the church there is a superb iconostasis, a gorgeous pulpit and a beautiful bishop’s throne.
Among the collection of religious relicts of the monastery house's library there are books, manuscripts and vessels.
On 14th of September the monastery's feast is celebrated and welcomes every inhabitant of Samos.

Profitis Ilias monastery on Samos

At an altitude of 210 meters and 3 km to the southeast of Karlovasi, there is the Monastery Profitis Ilias. The church of the monastery was built in 1739 by the monk Grigorios. It replaced a small chapel and few chambers that existed in former times at that place. The Monastery's wall paintings are beautiful, moreover it has many ecclesiastical utensils and a wooden carved icon-screen. To get to this monastery, be aware that there is a moderate trekking path that leads to the Monastery.

Museums

The Archaeological Museum of Vathi in Samos Greece, Eastern Aegean

The Archaeological Museum of Vathi, Samos' capital, is housed in two separate buildings. One of them is the "Paschaleios Archaiofilakio" an old building that is a storehouse of ancient objects, comnstructed in 1912. The other one is a modern building of 1987, built with the investment of the car company Volkswagen. It treasures a grand collection of Archaic sculptures. The museum houses items found in excavations all over Samos island. A statue 5,50 m high kouros (male) is the most impressive exhibit. Moreover there statues and friezes which display scenes from daily life or mythology, pieces of pottery, tools of daily use, small statues and weaponry.

Archaeological Collection of Pythagorio

Housed in the town hall of the village of Pythagorio, this collection contains sculptures, inscriptions, statues and fragments of graves originating from the Archaic and Roman period. The collection gets slowly enriched by the continuous excavations that are made in the region.

The Fossil Museum of Samos

This museum situated in the village of Mytilini, was founded by Ionannis Melentism (professor of paleontology at the University of Thessaloniki). It is assumed to be the only paleontological museum existing in Greece. It exhibits fossils and the remains of prehistoric animals just like the “Small Horse of Samos” which has got three toes and is 13 millions years old.

Samos Natural History Museum

Situated in the town of Mylinoi, the Natural History Museum of the Aegean is 12 km far from Samos Town. At the investment of Constantine Zimalis and his wife, Maria, the museum was built. There is also a foundation created that bears their names. The building resembles more a house or a church with added extensions than like a typical museum building. Therefore it has a nice appearance. In front of it there is a grand garden with a statue of Aristarchus, the famous ancient Samian mathematician, in the center. Aristarchus was the first Samian philosopher that studied physical phenomenon at the macro level. He attested the fact that the Earth circuits the Sun. The museum is divided into five sections: Paleontology, Mineralogy, Geology, Botanology and Zoology.

N. Dimitriou Folklore Museum

Established with the help of the ‘Nikolaos Dimitriou Literary Foundation’, the museum has been running in Pythagorio since May 1997. The influence of traditional Samian architecture - based on Nikolaos Dimitrious’ work – is obvious to see in the architectural style of the museum.
The exhibits display everyday life in Samos principally before the Second World War. Many of the items in the museum are still in use in daily life in villages of Samos. Most important items exhibited in the museum:
• A collection of agricultural tools (ploughs, spades, sickles, sieves and reaphooks) used by farmers before the replacement by modern equipment
• Tools like troughs, boards, rolling pins, hand mills, clay bowls used for the art of making bread
• Instruments used for the function of culling honey and producing wax
• A collection of needlework (clothes, curtains, bedspreads, blankets and covers) of local Samian women
• Tools like serpents tools, rods, dixies and andirons were and still are used to make cheese
• A reproduction of a typical Samian house from the 1930’s completely arranged with authentic furniture from this era
• The yard of the museum is dedicated to create reproductions of local professions like a barber shop, a blacksmith’s workshop, a carpenter’s workshop, all completely set up with tools used at that time.
The Museum is a must-see for history interested and for those who would like to relive the ordinary life in Samos in former times.
The museum offers several educational programs to newer generations to spread knowledge of history and traditions of local people. It is a wonderful devotement how the museum keeps ancient Samos alive.
The Museum is situated near Hotel Doryssa Bay and is opened from 10.00 in the morning to 13.00 in the afternoon in the summer.

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