Lying within spitting distance of the Turkish coast in the Aegean Sea, the island of Samos is officially and indisputably Greek, although its constantly-changing population is largely made up of a kaleidoscope of tourists from all over the world. Samos was Greece’s original “package tour holiday” island and its decades of catering for visitors hasmore
Samos in our heart - Jan. Date of travel: Jun 2008
Pythagorion is the perfect place to spend your holiday! It's not a "party place" but you will have fun in the small nightclubs together with the locals. Recommend La Nuit and Amadeus, where they play Greek music and you will have a real Greek night, not fake and touristic.
Samos in our heart - Isi. Date of travel: Jun 2008
Sorry, but we have only good things to say about Samos! Why? Because it is beautiful and not destroyed by tourism (even if they tried in the 80s) If you want to find a peaceful beach all by yourself, you'll find it. Even "touristic" Pythagorio has the magic that you are looking for. The people are welcoming, the food and service are in general much better than you find in other big Greek destinations like Crete and Rhodes.
Smiling Samos - Margot Hinz. Date of travel: Jun 2008
Working on a sailing yacht, Pathagorion was often one of our ports of call. We were always happy to be in Samos, partly because the Aegean has a mind of its own, but mostly because Pathagorion is just so welcoming. The harborside is lined with tavernas and little beach shops, and after a lunch of Gyros, the best place to be is the little beach, where during the day, the deck chairs await, and at night you can have dinner with the warm waters lapping around your feet. Hopefully you don't mind cats, there are plenty of them.
Samos - Antony Davies. Date of travel: Aug 2007
Loved everything about the island - how Greece used to be. Stayed in Votsalakia which is quiet and just perfect if you want to get away from it all. Samos town and Pythogoria have more to see and do. Can't wait to go back.
Wonderful Samos - Joan Bee. Date of travel: Jul 2007
Wonderful Samos
A lovely unspoilt quiet island I would recommend to anyone who wants a well earned break. Vist Kokkari if you can, about 30 minutes from Samos, a beautiful place, with some great restaurants and bars. This is a brilliant place, but Samos has been overlooked by a lot of the tour companies, and if a few more of us Brits don't start going, the flights might start to dry up. Which means it would cost me more to get there! So do yourself, and me, a favour and give it a go!!
Samos - Ireon - Peter & Lesley Day. Date of travel: Jun 2007
Samos - Ireon
Samos is quiet and if you want a relaxing non stressed holiday, this is the place to be. There are enough restaurants and bars for a different choice most nights, if you like to flit about. They are all good, and 1 or 2 stick out as better, but I won't name them here, because next time I go you might be there and take the last table!!! If you are the sort to venture out, Pythogoria is just down the road and is the best "busy" resort on the island. You can get there by Bus or Taxi, or you can hire bikes and cars in Ireon. Going around the island is easy in a car or on a scooter, we've done both, it's fairly busy in August /September but out of seasons there is very little traffic to bother you. Next round the island after Pythogoria is Samos which is the capital and harbour. Ferries come in here and you can island hop from for the day if you wish. It has a lot of shops and cafes, but it's not really a touristy type place, well not to me, a lot of the cafes are full of Greek teenagers on certain days, but it's a great place to shop! From there on there are lots of little bays, beautiful bays where you can get something to eat and drink, some are almost deserted certain days, which we love! If you are prepared to drive this is a beautiful island with lots of surprises!
Samos has it all! - Synne Gundersen. Date of travel: Jun 2007
We have been to many of the Greek islands and find Samos the most beautiful and interesting! The nature and the people, the atmosphere and the food, the beaches and mountain villages. Pythagorion is the place you should stay because it is close to everything. You should eat in the beautiful garden restaurants that you find in small street behind the harbour. Enjoy!
Lovely island, lovely people - Jurassis spark. Date of travel: May 2007
If you like the Greek islands you will like Samos. I suggest you make your base around Kambos (Votsalakia) this is were the best beaches are. There are many nice places to see so hire a car. If you like driving as I do you will love it. The roads are generally good, well signed and with lots of hairpin bends to keep your passengers interested in your driving. Buy a book about Samos it is full of very useful information on where to go, like Ormos and Pythagoria.
Great Jewellery Store in Samos! - Nick & Lee. Date of travel: Aug 2006
We've been visiting Samos for many years and this year we discovered a fabulous jewellery store in Pythagorio Samos and returned home with a great necklace and ring. The owners were very helpful in many ways and recommended some great restaurants and beaches all that we'd never tried before. So we highly recommend, if you are visiting samos, to pass by Chrysotheque Jewellery which is in a little street off the Port of Pythagorio.
Samos is a beautiful island - Elizabeth and Chris. Date of travel: Jun 2006
Samos is a wonderful relaxing island, diverse in nature from crystal clear beaches to green valleys of vineyards. Great food - try Adonis taverna in Hora, Dolixi in Pythagorio, Basilico in Kokkari which were all recommended to us by locals and were great. A great little jewellery store in Pythagorio- Chrysotheque sells handmade design jewellery - warm owners and very stylish. Its opposite the bakery in a small street. We rented a car for a few days and explored the mountain villages of Manolates, Vourliotes etc. Very recommended. Not a lot of nightlife but a great place to sip a cocktail at sunset and eat well!
Kambos the place to chill out. - Lorraine and Dave. Date of travel: Sep 2005
Kambos can get quite windy and therefore does not have the searing heat of some of the other resorts on the island. It is really a place to chill out and enjoy the fine array of tavernas available. We especially liked Costas, Nick the Greeks fish taverna and Angelo. The beach is coarse sand and shingle and the surrounding scenery is stunning. More a resort for couples wanting a relaxing holiday but not recommended for families as not enough to do. Tour Operator: Thomsons
Micky and Pamela.. Date of travel: Jul 2005
We wanted a more traditional Greek holiday in a quiet area but something to do. We found it at Kambos on the island of Samos. It is surrounded by mountains and has a long sand and shingle beach. One bus a day and some lovely walks. If you want to see the island then car hire is a must. The bonus was the selections of tavernas which was disproportionate for the size of the resort. We had fabulous meals at Nick the Greek's fish taverna and Nostro. It is also worth walking to Ormos (about 45 minutes) to eat at one of the harbourside tavernas. You can get a taxi back for about £6. Very few bars: evenings revolve around eating and drinking in the tavernas. Tour Operator: Manos
Mike and Samantha. Date of travel: Sep 2004
Our destination was Kambos on the Island of Samos. We did not know what to expect when we arrived but we hoped for somehing quiet and traditional. We were not disappointed. Kambos is a real chill out holiday destination away from the maddening crowds and hoards of children and larger louts. There is a nice long sand and shingle beach here which can be subject to strong winds occasionally. There is a wonderful selection of Greek tavernas but we must pick out Nick the Greek's Fish taverna for special mention. Super food, friendly and a romantic setting. We stayed at the Mary apartments which were excellent. We highly recommend Kambos to couples of all ages who want a relaxing and srtess free holiday. Tour Operator: Self
Michael and Tanya Moore. Date of travel: Jun 2004
We went to Kambos on the Island Of Samos. This is real chill out resort with a long sand and shingle beach which is uncrowded. For a small resort there is a surprising number of tavernas most of which serve good quality food. Nick the Greeks Fish taverna is worth special praise. There are only a couple of bars and if its Night life you want this is not the place for you. We had a wonderful relaxing holiday here and hired out a car for 3 days to explore this scenic and diverse island. You cannot speed as there are consistantly steep hills and sharp bends. Tour Operator: Thomsons
Samos sucks - Willy Dehasque. Date of travel: Aug 2002
The island is known for it's friendly people but we didn't meet that many. This holiday was the worst experience we ever had on the Greek islands and we will never return to Samos. Tour Operator: Jetair
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