Travel Guide: The Island of Samos, Greece

Lying just off the Turkish coast, you can find Samos situated in the East Aegean sea, an island with so much history and beauty that will captivate you from the moment you descend. The island is the birthplace of Queen of the Greek Gods Hera, Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras, the philosopher Epicurus, and the astronomer Aristarchus of Samos, the first known individual that suggested the Earth revolves around the sun.  Not only is Samos rich in history but it is also known for its sweet local wine.

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Where to Stay

Proteas Blu Resort, in Pythagorio. This 5 star adults only resort is perfect for a relaxing and romantic getaway. Overlooking the sea, it is a very calm and quiet place. Rooms are spread out on mediterranean landscaped terraces situated on a natural secluded bay, offering two beautiful private beaches. And if that wasn’t enough you can have your own private pool overlooking the mesmerising view. Yes, be prepared to be thoroughly spoilt indeed.

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Places to Visit

Vathy, Temple of Hera & Megali Panagia

When an island is that enchanting it’s hard not to play Robson Crusoe. Explore the lively capital, Vathy. Full of cute picturesque streets overlooking the sea and plenty of cool cafes to choose from. One of my favourites was cafe Ettikaipo, a cute coffee place just off a side street from the main square. Delicious ice coffees and teas to keep your cool in the blistering heat. After, head to the Temple of Hera, an ancient sanctuary dedicated to the Queen of Gods. Another highlight not to be missed is a visit to the monastery of Megali Panagia. Here there is an ancient cave where it is believed that mathematician Pythagoras was hiding from persecution and also taught his followers.

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Pythagorios, Boat trip & Likourgos Castle

Highly recommended is a fun picnic boat trip where you set off from Pythagorios port, organised by Samos Travel Services. First stop is the small island of Samiopoula on the southern coast and then onto Klima beach where you'll relax and enjoy a delicious barbecue. If you are ever in Samos then this is definitely something worth doing. After, head back to Pythagorios, a pretty town with side streets that are just so eloquently charming with typical Greek colours and the prettiest of doors. It is also the home to the remains of Likourgos Castle, a spectacle to see! There you'll find yourself on the edge surrounded by history and looking at the breathtaking sea. Take a walk back along Pythagorio Port to have dinner at Elia, highly recommended for delicious dishes to share.

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If you’re looking for a holiday destination and want a place that is interesting, rural and full of beautiful beaches then Samos is the island for you.

Please note that I was invited on this trip by Discover GreeceProteas Blu ResortSofitel Hotel and Aegean Airlines – who have three direct daily flights from London to Athens all year-round and on to Samos as well as more than 30 more Greek destinations. Boat trip was organised by Samos Travel Services.