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The island of Samos

The island of Samos is characterised by luscious vegetation, large and clean sandy beaches and many centuries of history. It is in the eastern Aegean, a stone’s throw away from the coast of Asia Minor, and is the 8th largest Greek island.

Karlovasi, a modern town with a long and important history, a wealth of tourist attractions, neoclassical buildings and picturesque alleyways. At Karlovasi you will find the island’s first port of call for ships arriving from Piraeus, the Department of Mathematics of the University of the Aegean, a small part of the heritage of the great mathematician Pythagoras, who came from Samos, several shopping, dining and entertainment options, the Folklore Museum, and the Tannery Museum, the only one of its kind in the Aegean, as well as the beaches of Limani, the unique Potami and, a little further out, Megalo and Mikro Seitani, a protected area of natural beauty.

At Potami, you will find the famous waterfalls, the church of Metamorfosi, and the castle. Every summer, Karlovasi hosts the great festival of Samos, in honour of Manolis Kalomoiris; the religious festivals of Agia Marina (July 17), Prophet Elias (July 20), the Transfiguration of the Saviour (August 6), Panagia, on August 15th, the Holy Cross (September 14) and several others are celebrated in Karlovasi and nearby villages.

Vathy, the island’s capital, is characterised by mansion houses and picturesque alleyways. The second port of call for ships from Piraeus is in Vathy. The Municipal Central Library, the archaeological museum with the enormous statue of the Kouros of Samos and the Byzantine church of Ai-Giannakis, the Monastery of Agia Zoni at the city’s exit, and the Historical Archive of the island’s long history, are but a few of the local sights.

Pythagoreio, named after the great philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras, is the island’s most popular tourist spot, with accommodation, dining and entertainment options to suit all tastes, and a large market offering all local products. There is, of course, no shortage of sightseeing options: some of the island’s most important attractions are here. The Roman Baths, the Eupalinian Aqueduct and the archaeological museum are the most notable and popular among them.

It is also worth visiting Kokkari, for water sports, Marathokambos for the impressive beaches of Ormos, Kambos, Psili Ammos and Limnionas, and Pythagoras’ cave, and the Heraion, a large archaeological site dedicated to the goddess Hera.

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