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The Greek island of Samos is found just off the Turkish coast in the eastern Aegean and is one of the sunniest destinations in Europe.
Famous for fine wine and fascinating historic sites, it was the birthplace of the mathematician, Pythagoras and, according to legend, the goddess of women and marriage, Hera.
The Eupalinos Tunnel on the south coast is an Ancient Greek architectural masterpiece. It was built in 524BC with the purpose of allowing fresh water to run through the mountainside into the city of Pythagorion. It stretches a staggering 1,036m, although, only 100m is accessible to the public.
Another must-see is the Heraion, a World Heritage site comprising scattered ruins of a sanctuary dedicated to Hera. It was built in the 6th Century BC, with archaeologists suggesting it was originally four times larger than the Parthenon.
Many of the spectacular statues, pottery and sculptures that were excavated in the Heraoin have been moved to the Archaeological Museum in Samos Town, which is well worth a visit.
However, Samos isn’t all about history. On the north coast lies Livadaki beach, a long sheltered cove with azure water and soft sand. Many beach parties are held here and you can enjoy free kayaking all day, which is the perfect way to end an afternoon of sightseeing.
Another beautiful beach is found in Pythagorion on the south coast. It offers a huge stretch of pristine white sand with warm, clear water ideal for swimming.
There are numerous ferry routes to Samos from the mainland and surrounding Greek islands.
There are high-speed crossings almost every day from the Dodecanese Islands, Ikaria and the Aegean Islands, whereas the crossings from Lesbos and the Cyclades Islands take a little longer.
If travelling from the Greek mainland, you will find ferry departure points in Kavala, Athens and Thessaloniki. These journeys take about a day with a few crossings every week.
A very good time with a nice sunset. Something to do again.Read More Read Less
"Naxos to Athens"
We traveled from Naxos to Athens. We upgraded to business class, which is somewhat expensive, but leaves you with a very comfortable journey. Few passengers on board and very little stress.Read More Read Less
"Trip from Thira to Naxos "
The experience was good in general. A bit disorganized in the embark area. The Europeans don't respect lines, they jump queues, they crowd together and push you. There was a time when people and luggage crowded together despite the fact that all seats were serial. Another thing is that the staff told us that the following destination was ours and it was actually the third. Nothing major but improvable in order for the trip to be more pleasant.Read More Read Less
A bit late, but nice overallRead More Read Less
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