North Aegean


Samos is in the East part of the Aegean Sea, close to the Asia Minor coastline. Samos (Vathi) is the capital of the island and the population is approximately 34.000. The town's construction began around the 18 th century, along the large gulf of Vathi , where a natural harbour had been formed. It consists of 4 municipalities: Vathi, Karlovasi, Pythagoreio and Marathokampos. Samos is a mountainous island and it has two mountains, Kerkis and Ambelos.

Vathi is one of the oldest and traditional villages of Samos. It was named “Vathi” because it was built in at the far end of the harbour. It was from Vathi that the 1821 revolution started and the revolt's banner was raised by Captain Konstantinos Lahanas at the spot named Pigadaki. It was also the birthplace of important Samian personalities, such as Captain Konstantinos Lahanas and Christodoulos Matakides, during the 1821 revolution, and Themistocles Sofoules, prime mover of the union of Samos with Greece and Prime Minister. You can visit the church of Ai-Giannakis with the rare architectural style.

Kokkari is one of the most attractive tourist resorts of Samos. It is a seaside village with rank vegetation. It took its name of the first inhabitant. It's worth to visit the church of Kimisi tis Theotokou and Agios Nikolaos, one of the biggest churches in Samos . Near Kokkari you can found the beautiful beaches of Tsamadou and Lemonakia.

The seaside town of Pythagorio covers areas of exquisite natural beauty and historic significance. It is a picturesque town with narrow streets, ideal for your stay in the island during your holidays. The port of Pythagorio , constructed during the reign of Polikrates and is the oldest port of the Mediterranean. The local economy is supported in the cultivation of vines and in the tourism.

Pythagorio, Samos
It's worth to visit the monument of Iraion and Pythagorio, the ruins of the ancient Samos, the square with the Town Hall, the castle of Lykourgos, the church of Metamorfosis, the Efpaleinio Tunnel, the ancient theatre, the church of Panagia Spiliani, “Thermes” the Roman baths and the lake of Glyfada.

Today Pythagorio constitutes a major tourism resort with thousands of visitors through out the year. There are also daily excursions to the magical beaches of Samiopoula, Tsopela, Kako Rema, Kiriakou, Aspros Kavos. You can also visit the coasts of Mikra Asia.

Marathokampos was initially built at a lower location, close to a plain full of fennels, and it seems that that's where it got its name from (marathos in greek). Later, this first settlement was moved further up the mountain. Another interpretation of its name mentions that it derives from some of its first inhabitants that came from the village Marathonisi in the Peloponnese , today's Gythio. It is a mountainous village and it contains most of Kerkis Mountain . The local economy is supported in the agricultural cultivation, more specifically olives, in the fishing and in the growing tourist industry of area.

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