The Greek island of Samos is also called the green emerald of the blue Aegean Sea – and rightly so! The island has beautiful unspoilt nature and it is perfect for hiking. Samos also has plenty of worthwhile sights.
Vathy is the oldest part of Samos Town. It was originally the name of the capital city but that was changed to Samos Town in 1834. In Vathy you will find authentic Greek houses in narrow streets. There is also a beautiful city park, where you can cool off in the summer. The old port is still a very important harbour for transport and tourism.
Does the name Pythagorion ring any bells? Well, it should, as this town in Greece was named after the mathematician Pythagoras. He was born in Samos and there is a statue of him in Pythagorion that was made by Nikolas Ikaris in 1989. The coastal resort has charming little shops and you can enjoy the delicious gyros. You will also find a number of Samos’s sights in the area around Pythagorion, such as the Temple of Artemis.
The large white Monastery of Panagia Spiliani glistens high on a mountain, near the town of Pythagorion. There is also a lovely church in a big cave close by. The church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. According to tradition, the water that accumulates in the cave is holy water with healing properties. And we mustn’t forget: from the mountain on which the monastery stands, you have a wonderful view over the sea.
The Archaeological Museum in Samos Town houses the oldest remaining kouros statue in Greece. The statue is almost five metres in height, which made it quite an undertaking to get the statue into the Archaeological Museum. It had to be modified twice to fit it in! Besides the famous statute, the museum contains all kinds of objects from Greek Antiquity, such as pottery, statues and jewellery.
You will find many aqueducts spread across Samos; centuries ago they served to manage the water in the island’s mountainous area. Of them all, the Eupalinian Aqueduct, or Tunnel of Eupalinos, is the largest and most impressive. The tunnel is no less than 1,036 metres in length and the aqueduct can justifiably be called a technical masterpiece.