Travel info for Samos

Welcome to Samos!


In the capital Vathy
The Archeological Museum of Samos. It boasts one of the richest archeological collections, since its exhibits cover successive periods of the Greek history. Of great interest are the findings from the German excavations in the area of Iraio, the Kouroi and Kores of the Archaic period, as well as the engraved reenactment of Perseas and Medusa from the same period.
The Byzantine Museum of Samos. In its halls you can admire exhibits of great historic and cultural value (icons, vestments, manuscripts, Byzantine stamps etc.), from the island’s monasteries.
The church of Agios Spyridonas. It’s one of the most important churches of Samos with exceptional icons. This is where the archons of the island got together to decide upon the unification with Greece.
The church of Agios Ioannis with lovely icons and murals.
The Municipal Gallery. Portraits of the island’s hegemons, but also of the heroes of the Greek Revolution of 1821, which outline the historical profile of Samos.
The Monastery of Agia Zoni. A 1695 historical monastery with exceptional murals.
The Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi is located in a richly vegetated location and was built on 1730. The wooden temple and the silver icon of Virgin Mary are definitely worth seeing.

In Karlovasi
The Monastery of Profitis Ilias. It was built in 1739 from the monks Neofilos and Grigorios. It features an exceptional collection of sacred jugs.
The church of the Metamorphosis of Jesus. The oldest chapel of Samos, since it was established on the 11th century.
The cave of Agios Antonios in old Karlovasi.
The natural area “Potami”, about a kilometer west of Karlovasi, with small falls and natural ponds.

In Pythagoreio
The Efpalineio Trench. Part of the tunnel of the aqueduct was designed by the prominent engineer Efpalinos and built during Polycrates’ era, on the 6th century BC. The tunnel had two entrances, its length was more than 1000 meters and its height was 1.70 meters. At the entrance there are traces of the gate with the epigram.
The Tower of Lykourgos Logothetis. Built on the 19th century, it was the headquarters for the heroes of the Greek Revolution. It’s now restored and located in Kastro, on the southwest part of the city.
The Polykrateio Wall. On the right side of Hora, you will see remnants of the ancient wall (6th century BC), which once had a perimeter of 6.222 meters. Around and inside the walls there are small picturesque houses.
The church of Metamorphosis. Built by L. Logothetis on 1824, to the memory of the island’s rescuing from the Turkish fierce attack.
The Archeological Collection. Artworks from the 8th century. Three archaic statues, headstones and portraits of Roman emperors are the most distinctive exhibits.
The monastery of Panagia Spiliani. This church is located on the side of the cave, where according to the tradition the oracle of Samian Foto was situated.
The Ancient Theater. You will see it on the slope below Spiliani and has many roman additions. During the summer it hosts many cultural events.
The Monastery of Megali Panagia. This is the richest monastery of Samos with lovely icons. Some call it “Monastery of 5 Ospitia”.
The Monastery of the Holy or Big Cross. A truly impressive big three-aisled basilica. The Bishop’s throne prevails.

In the rest of the island
The Archeological site of Iraio. It’s located on the southern part of the island, next to the homonymous settlement. The historian Herodotus wrote that the Iraio in Samos is the biggest and richest temple he has ever seen! The remnants illustrate its massive size. The first temple was built during the prehistoric times, the second on the 8th or 7th century BC and the third in the Polycrates’ years and was designed by the Samian architect Roikos. Today the visitors can see the third construction phase of the temple of Ira and, among others, copies of its sculptures, Kikeron’s platform, a temple of the Roman era and part of a Paleochristian basilica.
The Monastery Bronta (Panagia Vrontiani). After the village Vourliotes, this is one of the oldest monasteries of the island. It was built on the 16th century and it’s on a 480 meters altitude.
Pythagoras’ cave. At an altitude of 350 meters, in the location of Marathokampos, it’s the cave where the philosopher and mathematician spent few of the last years of his life hiding, before becoming a political refuge in Southern Italy.
Caves and Monasteries. Near the village of Kallithea you will find the caves of “Panagia Sarantaskaliotissa”, “Panagia Makrini” and of “Agia Triada” at an altitude of 800 meters. On the slopes of Mount Kerketea (the highest one in Samos, 1.434 meters) –which the locals call Kerki- you will find many picturesque monasteries.
The Paleontology Museum / Paleontology Cemetery. Do not miss the unique Paleontology Museum, which boasts impressive fossils from many prehistoric animals. The oldest exhibit is the brain of a pony dated 13 million years ago! At a small distance from the village of Mitilinioi you will also see the cemetery of big animals. “Samothirio” is the name the specialists gave to the fossils of a big giraffe, while there are also the skeleton of a pony, the head of a rhino, tiger and wolf teeth, which are all millions of years old.
The “Kakoperato” gorge. This gorge is accessible only with special equipment and exclusively during the summer. It’s about 4 kilometers of dirty road from the village Kosmadaioi and its crossing offers unique images of the wild nature, but also the possibility to swim in natural water tanks, to whoever gets deeper in it.


Samos has an area of 476 square kilometers and a coastline of a 160 kilometers. So it won’t disappoint whoever likes to tour. However it’s common knowledge that the road network of the island is not very decent. There are many turns, steep slopes and many bumps that will probably trouble inexperienced drivers, who will decide to visit the mountainous areas of the inland. The coastal routes are a bit better, but traffic is heavier during the summer months. The scenery is very rewarding though.

The vegetated village of Vourliotes and the picturesque settlements Manolates, Stavrinides and Ampelos, through gorges with plains and pines, are found if you turn left on the intersections of the main road Samos-Karlovasi.

Main distances:
Vathy – Karlovasi 33 km
Vathy – Marathocambos 40 km
Vathy – Pythagoreio 13 km
Vathy – Hora 17 km
Vathy – Pyrgos 30 km 

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