The first three videos show the picture of Pythagorio, Spiliani Monastery and Kokkari in May, without tourists, because of the measures for COVID-19, although cases of the virus have not been reported on Samos.
People on the island are looking forward to the tourist season.
Watch the first three videos of Samos Virtual YouTube Channel, presented by Titia Kontaxis-Rakers, who has been living on the island for the last 14 years:
Video 1: “Pythagorio Samos as you have never seen it in May!”
A short tour along Pythagorio beach and through the village of Pythagorio with no tourists around due to the travel restrictions because of the Corona virus.
Follow us to the Castle of Lykourgos Logotheti, the Metamorphosis church and the port of Pythagorio.
Just now, people are preparing for a short summer season as you can see in the harbor and the main street.
Video 2: Visiting the Ancient theater and Panagia Spiliani Monastery
Walk from Pythagorio up the mountain to the Ancient Theater and the Monastery of Panagia Spiliani.
Legend has it that the antique icon of Virgin Mary, that I show you in this video, was once stolen and the thieves intended to take the icon to their home by boat.
The icon did not want to leave the island of Samos and fell into the sea, broken in pieces. Locals found the pieces of the icon on the beach, put them back together and brought the icon back to its place in the Monastery.
This is why the Monastery is also called “Monastery of kaliarmenissa”: the good traveller, as it found its way back to Samos floating in the sea. The icon is missing all colors due to this ordeal, and the cracks are still visible.
Video 3: “Kokkari Samos never looked like this in May”:
Short tour through the small streets and the harbor of Kokkari, Samos. The village usually looks like this in March/ early April when people are preparing their shops to open for the new summer season. Uncertain of when the first guests will arrive, all preparations came to a halt this year. Hopefully, we will be back later this summer to show you a lively Kokkari!