Samos is the island of the great astrophysicist Aristarchos who first formulated the theory of the Earth movement and also the home of Pythagoras, the famous mathematician. According to the Greek mythology, Samos island is also the birthplace of Hera, queen of the Gods who blessed it with lush landscape, crystal clear water, and unique products. Samos is definetely a place not to be missed!!
You can swim in Ag. Ioannis, Ag. Konstantinos, Avlakia, Chrissi Ammos, Gangou, Kambos, Kedros, Kerveli, Klima, Kokkari, Koumaikos Bay, Lemonakia, Limani, Limnionas, Makria Pounta, Marathokambos, Megalo Seitani, Mourtia, Mykali, Ormos, Plaka, Platanakia, Poseidonio, Potokaki, Potami, Psili Ammos, Pythagorio, Roditses, Tsabou, Tsamadou and Varsamo.
The MOORING place for charter yachts: Pythagorion (main port) and the new marina in Pythagorion.
IMPORTANT FACILITIES for YACHTS AND BOATS ON CHARTER in Samos Island (Necessary needs and infrastructure for yachtsmen or generally for anyone who is on sailing vacation / yachting holidays onboard a sailing yacht or a motor boat).
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The best SHELTER POINTS in Samos Islandare mainly on the eastern part of the South coast (between Samiopoula island and Vathy port).
HAZARDS and NAVIGATION ADVICE for Samos Island and nearby area.
At the south-west tip of the island there are severe gusts coming from North thus navigation along the coast should allow 2-3 miles distance from the shore.
WATER SPORTS in Samos Island
The beautiful coast of the island is ideal for sea sports lovers and all the organised beaches such as Pythagorio, Karlovassi, Kokkari, Lemonakia, Votsalakia and Tsamadou rent paddle boats and canoes as well as rental equipment for wind-surfing and water skiing.
SCUBA DIVING in Samos Island
There are no diving centres in Samos island.
RENT A CAR / BIKE in Samos Island (main town and port)
AVIS Tel.: +30 22730 28568, 61045, www.avis.gr
BUDGET Tel. +30 22730 61502, www.budget.gr
EUROPCAR Tel.: +30 22730 22510, 62249, www.europcar.com
HERTZ Tel.: +30 22730 24771, 62406, www.hertz.gr
KOSMOS Tel. +30 22730 62348, www.kosmos-carrental.com
HISTORY Information for Samos Island
The island of Samos was first inhabited in the 4th millenium BC by the Pelasgians and by the 6th century Samos had flourished significally in arts, science and naval power under the leadership of tyrant Polykratis. During that time, great monuments were constructed such as the temple of Hera (Heraion), the ancient port of Pythagorio and the Eupalineio Tunnel. After the assasination of Polykratis, Samos knew many conquerors such as the Athenians, the Spartans, the Romans, the Venetians and the Turks and little growth. It was not after hundreds of years of domination that Samos became an autonomous principality subject to the sultan (in 1834), however after constant revolutions Samos was finally liberated and united with the rest of Greece in 1912.
MUSEUMS AND other interesting SITES in Samos Island
While in Samos you may visit some of the top attractions of the island like the Archeological museum in Vathi (Samos town, Tel. +30 22730 27469), the Temple of Hera (in Heraion, Tel. +30 22730 95277), the Eupalineio Tunnel (one of the greatest achievements of the antiquity), the Folklore museum in Pythagorion (in Hotel Doryssa Bay, Tel +30 22730 62286) and Lykourgos castle (situated to the southwest of the port of Pithagorio which was built in 1824 and it was used as a jumping-off point of resistance and attack for the fighters of the Greek Revolution). Also, plenty of monasteries such as Agia Zoni, Timios Stavros, Spiliani, Profitis Ilias, etc.
A visit to Manolates village is really worth it as it offers magnificent views for photos!!
LOCAL THINGS & STUFF to check or BUY in Samos Island
Samos island is famous for its wines which are made from the local Muscat grapes. Be sure to try them! You can also find great local honey everywhere on the island and especially in Pyrgos village. Samos is also known for its folk art and produces beautiful pottery, ceramics, rugs, bags made of goat wool and woven fabrics with beautiful designs and colours and which are made on local looms.