A lovely Greek Island in the Eastern Aegean Sea, Samos has a long history, a source of legend and rich in historic sites and stories of early man. Once a rich and powerful city state in ancient Greek and Roman times, the island is home to some of the most recognized and influential historic sites of the region today including a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Heraion of Samos which includes the Eupalinian aqueduct. Birthplace of Pythagoras and Epicurus it was also well noted for its shipyards. From its history to its wine and of course its beaches, take a closer look at this extraordinary island and all it has to offer you.
History is abundant on all the Greek Islands including Samos and of all these historic sites, Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos is perhaps the best known. The remains of two impressive classical examples of architecture, they help tell the story of the island’s history. The Pythagoreion was fortified port with both Roman and Greek monuments and the location of the tunnel of Eupalinos or the Eupalinian aqueduct dating back to the 6th century BC. The Heraion of Samos was a sanctuary which itself, dates back to the 8th century BC. Home to a temple to the goddess Hera, it was the first of the gigantic Ionic temples but was destroyed long ago.
Other historic sites and areas of interest on Samos range from its renowned museums including the Archaeological Museum of Vathi in Samos, the Archaeological Collection of Pythagorio and The Fossil Museum of Samos, just to name a few, to other structures of historic import including the Profitis Ilias monastery on Samos and the Church of Agios Spyridon as well.
Regarded as on of the most beautiful of the Hellenic Islands, Samos is home to popular beaches, beautiful peaceful areas as well as massive mountains and sheer slopes. Samos offers easy to moderate hikes on paths relatively well maintained to difficult and at various altitudes throughout the island. In addition to hiking however, the beaches offer visitors the opportunity to just relax and enjoy the beautify of the island from as well. Megalo Seitani is a popular destination for those who enjoy both hiking and beaches as it is located on the northwest coast and roads do not exist. Karlovassi is a much more convenient beach area which is reachable by car and offers sunbeds and umbrellas nearby as well. Just off the beaten path, many people enjoy visiting the waterfalls of Potami as well. Famous for their beauty, it is a great place for a little hike and some beautiful sites.
A peaceful island known for its pleasant people and its generally laid back atmosphere, Samos is a wonderful option for those looking to stay away from the larger crowds found around Athens.
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