Samos island has two towns: Samos Town, the capital of the island and Karlovasi, the administrative and commercial center of western Samos. The island is also full of picturesque villages, either by the sea, or on the green mountains. All towns and villages have houses with Northern Aegean architectural style.

Samos Town. Picture by Stelios Demertzis


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Samos Town or Vathy (population: 6.191): The town of Samos, built amphitheatrically around the bay of Vathy, is the capital of the island since the Principality era. The town hall is housed in the renovated building of the former Parliament of Samos, with the archaeological Museum and the majestic church of Agios Spyridon on its sides. Neoclassical and traditional buildings adorn the town. The quay with the Pythagoras square and the characteristic lion sculpture, a symbol of the Samian bravery, is the main centre of urban life.

Karlovasi. Picture by Stamatis Gounaris

Karlovasi (population: 6.869)A town with glorious past, built on the edge of lush hillsides where stepped crops alternate with dense pine forests. It consists of the settlements of Palaio, Neo and Mesaio Karlovasi, the Port and Ormos (the bay). The headquarters of the Faculty of Sciences of the Aegean University are in Karlovasi. Wealthy old manors and imposing churches create the image of a town where tradition goes hand in hand with entrepreneurship, the new with the old.

Ano Vathy. Picture by Manolis Marg

Ano Vathy (oldest part of Samos Town) (population: 1.888)One of the oldest settlements on the island that preserves largely its traditional character with beautiful houses, cobbled streets, picturesque squares and numerous churches. A typical attraction is the two-aisled church of “Ai Giannakis” of 1799 and the namesake open theatre where cultural events are held.

Pythagorio. Picture by Manolis Marg

Pythagorio (population: 1.272)Built on the ruins of the ancient town of Samos, once a poor fishing village, today it is the most popular, cosmopolitan resort of the island. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, because of the important archaeological findings. Beaches, restaurants, cafés, nightlife, day trips by boat, are elements that attract visitors. The port and the neighbouring marina can accommodate small and large boats. Sea routes for the Dodecanese also depart from here.

Marathokampos. Picture by Nikos Chatziiakovou

Marathokampos (population: 1.069)At the foot of Kerkis with beautiful stone houses and narrow streets, it preserves historical references from the early 17th century. Ormos and Kampos are two developed tourist coastal areas of Marathokampos.

Villages & Settlements

Northeastern Samos

Kokkari. Picture by Stamatis Gounaris

Kokkari (population: 1.060)A picturesque fishing village that has become a coveted tourist destination, with amazing beaches. In the surrounding green slopes, hiking trails are beautifully maintained between pine forests and vineyards. The Samian orchid is cultivated in the area.

Vourliotes. Picture by Nikos Chatziiakovou

Vourliotes (population: 501)Α beautiful mountain village, dating from the 16th century. Just outside the village is the oldest monastery of Samos, the Monastery of Panagia Vronta. The route on the dirt road, through pine forests and crops, ends up on the top of Ampelos Mountain (or Karvounis).

Agios Konstantinos. Picture by Stamatis Gounaris

Agios Konstantinos (population: 369)A coastal village with a fishing port and tourist infrastructure. At its east edges, from a small ravine overgrown with trees, special hiking trails begin.

Manolates. Picture by Nikos Chatziiakovou

Manolates (population: 131)A village with strong local character, picturesque neigh- bourhoods and breathtaking views. It hosts a small settlement for local and foreign artists, as well as great taverns.

Ampelos

Ampelos (population: 309)Amphitheatrically built at an altitude of about 300 metres with a unique view of the Aegean. Many trails start from here to explore the verdant area.

Stavrinides. Picture by Georgios Anagnostopoulos

 

Stavrinides (population: 42)A small mountain village with abundant springs, surrounded by ravines and forests.

Palaiokastro

Palaiokastro (population: 707)Named after the ruins of an old castle in the area. The taverns in its small squares attract many regulars. In the nearby coastal settlements of Kerveli, Poseidonio, Klima and Psili Ammos, with views to the nearby coast of Asia Minor, we come across small, quiet beaches and taverns with seafood.

Southeastern Samos

Mytilinioi. Picture by Nikos Anastasiou

Mytilinioi (population: 2.107)A town built amphitheatrically in a valley with many churches and chapels. The Natural History Museum with interesting exhibits is also located there. The taverns and traditional cafés on the central square are always full of residents and visitors. An outdoor movie theatre will take you back in time with film screenings in a beautiful garden.

Chora. Picture by Leonidas Papakosmas

Chora (population: 1.340)The ancient capital of the island. It is worth visiting the old Cathedral, the fountains and the traditional laundries.

Myloi. Picture by Petros Gleoudis

Myloi (population: 248)One of the oldest settlements of the island, on the banks of Imvrasos river. It is surrounded by citrus crops. To the south, on the way to Heraion, we meet the Tower of Sarakinis dating back to the 16th century.

Heraion. Picture source: Trip View

Heraion (population: 849)A coastal settlement named after the ancient temple of Hera. In its beautiful beach there are many taverns and cafés.

Mavratzaioi

Mavratzaioi (population: 301)A destination for nature-lovers with trails that lead to the mountain Ampelos. The village is famous for its pottery workshops. The Monastery of Timios Stavros is located nearby.

Koumaradaioi by Georgios Stamatoulis

Koumaradaioi (population: 130): It took its name from the arbutuses [koumaria] growing in the region. It was one of the first “Ladochoria” of Samos. To the southeast lies the Megali Panagia Monastery.

Pyrgos by Nikos Chatziiakovou

Pyrgos (population: 419): A village built on the banks of the Amfilyssos River known for its famous thyme honey. There are small traditional cafés and taverns in the narrow cobbled streets.

Mesogeio by Nikos Chatziiakovou

Pandroso by Nikos Chatziiakovou

Mesogeio (population: 109) – Pandroso (population: 110): Two small neighbouring villages nestled in pine forests and vineyards, at an altitude of 600 metres. They were once called Arvanites.

Pagondas by Nikos Chatziiakovou

Pagondas (population: 518)Built amphitheatrically and surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. The lovely square and the small folklore museum are the main attractions.

Spatharaioi. Picture by Nikos Anastasiou

Spatharaioi (population: 337)The “balcony” of southern Samos with views to the Dodecanese. It is worth wandering the alleyways and visiting the three-aisled basilica church of the Taxiarch Michael and the primary school, built in 1931.

Psalida beach on Samiopoula islet. Picture by Stelios Demertzis.

The islet Samiopoula (population: 4) with the exotic Psalida beach, just 850 metres from the southern coast of Samos, is accessible by small boat from Pythagorio and Heraion.

North-western Samos

Platanos

Platanos (population: 396)Built high on Karvounis, between forests and terraced vineyards with breathtaking views of the imposing Kerkis mountain. The primary school, old houses, fountains and laundry rooms are excellent examples of folk architecture. The picturesque square with the sycamores is full of life with cosy traditional cafés and taverns.

Ydrousa. Picture by Nikos Chatziiakovou

Ydrousa (population: 369): Known for its many springs and beautiful stone houses. It is worth visiting the Church of Agios Athanasios and Kyrillos from the 18th century.

Kontakeika. Picture by Nikos Chatziiakovou

Kontakeika (population: 962)A village with many vineyards and spectacular views. In the East, on a steep slope and an altitude of 650 metres, in “Kastrovouni”, there are ruins of a Byzantine settlement. Its seaside town is “Agios Nikolaos” or “Limanaki” with a small beach, a chapel and a little tavern for seafood.

Konteika. Picture by Nikos Chatziiakovou

Konteika (population: 350): A small village with a square, ideal for taking a break, being surrounded by forests and crops.

Agioi Theodoroi. Picture by Nikos Chatziiakovou

Agioi Theodorοi  (population: 123)A beautiful small village, hidden in a green ravine with pine vegetation.

Lekka. Picture by Nikos Chatziiakovou

Lekka (population: 419): Built in a verdant area. Its square has magnificent views to the Aegean Sea and Karlovasi. It has preserved the character of old times.

Kastania. Picture by Nikos Chatziiakovou

Kastania (population: 164)A picturesque village at the foot of Kerkis with lush vegetation, vineyards and springs.

Kosmadaioi. Picture by Nikos Chatziiakovou

Kosmadaioi (population: 91)A small village up on Kerkis mountain with beautiful views. From there starts a route through the forest to the Kakoperatos gorge, where we can find the Panagia Monastery and a cave chapel.

In the wider region of north-western Samos there are many small and picturesque settlements: Tsourlaioi, NikoloudesSourides, Sakouleika, Sevasteika.

South-western Samos

Koumeika

Koumeika (population: 376): Built between hills, the village has a beautiful square with a perennial sycamore tree, traditional fountains and a little traditional café.

Skoureika. Picture by Thanassis Kiriakou

Neochori. Picture by Nikos Chatziiakovou

Skoureika (population: 135) and Neochori (population: 62): small neighbouring villages with narrow streets and charming neighbourhoods. In the region we can find the peaceful seaside settlements of Velanidia, Balos, Perris and Pefko, with stunning beaches and nice taverns.

Ormos Marathokampou. Picture by Nikos Chatziiakovou

Ormos Marathokampos (population: 194): An old seaside fishing village with little taverns on the port, once called “Gialos”. It features a marina, a fishing haven and a small museum of traditional shipbuilding practice.

Votsalakia. Picture by Rinus Lasschuyt

Votsalakia – Kampos Marathokampou (population: 471)A tourist area along the namesake beach, looking out to the imposing mountain of Kerkis.

Kallithea. Picture by Tasos Fragoulakis

Kallithea (population: 136): with great views to Ikaria and one of the most beautiful sunsets of Samos. Higher up, on a dense hillside there is a cave with the chapel of Panagia Makrini. At the bay of Agios Isidoros we find one of the oldest shipyards of Samos.

Drakaioi. Picture by Nikos Anastasiou

Drakaioi (population: 89)The most remote village of the island, on a verdant, rocky slope of Kerkis. The view extends from the coast of Asia Minor to the Drakano Cape of Ikaria – an ancient observatory and fryctoria (beacon tower), from where it is assumed that its name derives.

 

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