SAMOS – THE ISLAND OF LIGHT AND MYTHICAL TEMPLES (ΣΆΜΟΣ)

Samos is a Greek island situated in the northern Aegean Sea, near Turkey’s coast, which stretches between the southern island of Chios, Patmos and northern Dodecanese island group. The island is the birthplace of Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras, the astronomer Aristarchus of Samos, who was the first to launch the idea that the Earth revolves around the sun.

How to reach the Island of Samos

The island can be reached by ferry from Turkey (Kusadasi). The journey takes two hours and the boat schedule works only during the summer season, starting from the second week of May. But there are also ferries that will take you to Samos from other Greek islands and from Athens (Piraeus). The trip from Piraeus lasts nine hours.

On the island there is an airport where planes landing daily from Athens and from other important cities and islands in Greece. During the summer season, several low-cost airlines, including Airberlin, Transavia, Jetairfly or SmartWings offers tourists flights to Samos.

Samos tourism season begins in May. You should know that Samos benefits from a Mediterranean climate, just like the other islands of the northeastern Aegean Sea. Moderate winds and low amounts of rainfall in summer make Samos an excellent holiday destination. The average temperature in summer reaches 27ºC in July.

What to do Samos. Samos is the place where you find Pythagoreion, the ancient fortified port, and the temple of Hera, included in UNESCO World Heritage. Pythagoreion is a port built during antiquity, with Greek and Roman monuments, including the Eupalinian aqueduct, also known as Eupalinos’ tunnel. It is only 10-15 minutes’ walk from Pythagoreion.

The Temple of Goddess Hera is located six kilometers from the old city. Today, there is only one column left from the entire building. There are known to have been many stages of construction of the temple, the first one dating from the 8th century BC. Between 570 and 550 B.C. a much larger temple was built, but 10 years later it was destroyed, most likely due to an earthquake. After that, a bigger temple was built in the west side of the ancient settlements. Unfortunately, it was never finished. During the Byzantine era, the Temple of Goddess Hera served as a stone quarry.

The beaches. The island offers plenty of beaches to explore, so swimming and sunbathing represent the core activities. Until May the water is cold, but afterwards wading becomes a pleasure. Gagkou Beach is the nearest beach to the City of Samos. It is 15 minutes’ walk from the port where ferries dock. Watch out for the stones and pebbles on the beach, but don’t get discouraged and keep in mind the fact that you can rent sunbeds. There are plenty of bars and cafes that will offer you a great variety of food and drinks to all lovers of the sun.

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