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CONTENTS

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INTRODUCTORY Festivals & Events Trips and Tours Ideas

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www.mysamos.gr

mySamos® 2017 - The free complete guide Editor: Stamatis Logothetis

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HISTORY

Ancient Samos & History

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TOWNS & VILLAGES

Samos town - Vathy Kokkari Karlovassi Marathokampos Pythagorion Hereon

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BEACHES Activities, Environment, Nature

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Landscape, Geography & Nature Activities

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CULTURE, SEESIGHTS & MUSEUMS

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Ancient sites - Museums Monasteries

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GASTRONOMY & LOCAL PRODUCTS Wine, Olive Oil and Samian Cuisine MAP

USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS First aid (ΕΚΑΒ) General Hospital of Samos Karlovassi Health Center Police Tourist Police Fire Department

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CODE: 0030 22730166 83100 52000, 32222 100, 112 87344, 81100 199

Designer: Angeliki Anagnostopoulou

Photographs by: Nikos Anastasiou, Nikos Chatziiakovou, Makis Galathris, Eleni Gerali, Angeliki Govari, Alexandra Logotheti, Marisa Diniou, Giannis Patronis (patronisgiannis@gmail.com), Nikolaos Petalas, Natasa Peskar, Andreas Sevastakis, Nikos Tsoulos, Stelios Chatziioannou, Emy Ghilardi, St. Gounaris, Melanie Cooper (www.mellowdesign.co.uk), Ines Leifert, Nicola Micheli, Sandy Nieuwenhof, Pascal (jtkfr@wanadoo.fr), Naralna, SamosBeThere (www.samos.be/there), SamosTour (www.samostour.dk), zitronenkojote.wordpress.com Cover- Maps - City maps : George Margaronis, Angeliki Anagnostopoulou

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Contact: +30 6944 188 770, info@mysamos.gr Publisher - Production: © Stamatis Logothetis, superguides.gr, 2010 - 2017

Many thanks to: Angeliki, Karin, George, Margarita, Manolis and the photographers for their valuable contribution and to Antonis, Alexandra, Maria and Andreas for their overall contribution.

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45 beaches around the island

Writers: Stamatis Logothetis, Andreas Sevastakis

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The guide you are holding at your hands intends to present to you in the most thorough way the island and answer all the questions you have. Also, you will find suggestions that will make your stay more pleasant. Following and anti-clock wise description, together with the use of our map, you can find any place you want. At the table of contents you will see all the topics analyzed. Note: Any suggestions provided do not set this guide responsible for injury, accidents or disorientation. The opinions presented are personal points of view of the writers while none of them is binding. ATTENTION: Do not light fire or cigarettes in forests or farmland. Respect the environment and do not through waste. Any republication, reproduction, total or partial or summarized or paraphrased or adaptation by any means (in print, electronic, photocopy, sound or video recording) of the guide mySamos® 2017, for any reason (commercial or not), of the whole or any part of the guide, is prohibited if there is no prior written approval by the editor and producer. mySamos® 2017 guide copyrights‘ are reserved and protected by the Greek legislation and the European and International Laws. mySamos® is a registered trademark.

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ΑΥΓΟΥΣΤΟΣ AUGUST

Cultural Events & Festivals Μεταμoρφωση του Σωτhρος [Πυθαγόρειο] Metamorphosis [Pythagorion]

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IREON MUSIC FESTIVAL [Ηραίον - Hereon] www.ireon-music-festival-samos.gr

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Κοiμηση Θεοτoκου [Μητρόπολη Καρλοβάσου], Πανηγyρι [Πλάτανος] Virgin Mary [Karlovassi Metropolis], Local Fest [Platanos]

ΣΕΠΤΕΜΒΡΙΟΣ SEPTEMBER

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Παναγiα Βροντιανh [Μοναστήρι, Βουρλιώτες], Πανηγyρι [Κοντέικα] Virgin Mary’s birthday [Vourliotes monastery] Local fest [Konteika]

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Fests & Celebrations

Ι.Μ. Τιμiου Σταυροy [Μαυρατζαίοι] Holly Cross Monastery [Mavratzei]

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Γύρω από τη Σάμο • Around Samos

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Samos can be your base for many trips to many close destinations around the Aegean.

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From Pythagorio you can take a small boat for a tour around the island and a day in Samiopoula. This port also has flying dolphins to Patmos, the island where St John wrote the Revelation. Besides the orthodox attraction though, Patmos is a characteristic traditional island worthy to visit. Other destinations are Kos, Leros, Agathonisi, Arkoi, Lipsi. For those who love eating fresh fish Fournoi are ideal. Fournoi are a cluster of small quiet islands that are connected with Samos and Karlovasi ports. These ports also have routes to Ikaria and Chios. As Samos is so close to Turkey, those interested in ancient sites as Ephesus or Aidinio, Kusadasi is just an hour far from Vathy - Samos. Small boats depart daily in the morning and return in the afternoon. Port of Vathy and Karlovassi The ships are connecting the island with Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Kavala and the eastern/northern Aegean Sea islands and Turkey. Port of Pythagorio On a daily basis you can travel to Kousadasi (Turkey) and Patmos. The catamarans are available to Patmos, Kos, Rhodes, Leros, Lipsi, Arkoi and Agathonisi. Here you can find yachts to charter and also the small boats for daily trips to Samiopoula.

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From Samos you can easily and quickly find yourself on the beautiful island of Patmos. From there you can explore the market and the beach or continue the excursion to the monastery and visit the Cave of the Apocalypse. You can also visit the famous Monastery of St. John and the Museum. More information: www.samosbooking.gr Telephone +30 22730 88800.

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Ιστορία • History

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Over its long history, Samos has been given various names, while for the origin of the name Samos itself, there are many possible versions. The most basic one argues that the term comes from the Ionian dialect and the word “sama”, meaning height, probably due to the bulges of the island. The first inhabitants of Samos are considered to be from the Saei tribe, who were replaced by the Pelasgians. A settlement dating back to the Neolithic era (6000-2800b.C.), bears great resemblance to the first civilizations in Thrace, Macedonia and Sterea Ellada. The thematic content of the earliest jordans that have been unearthed, the Samian Civilization seems to date before the Cycladic one. According to Thucydides, Cares and Leleges, tribes that used to dwell on the island, actually instrumented the flourishing of the Cycladic Civilization. After the fall of the Cycladic Civilization follows the Minoan one, while the Mycenaean Civilization prevails later on. The first Mycenaean settlers appear in 1360bC. The first king was Angaeos, son of Apollo (and of the Nymph Astypalaea), who received the order to go to Samos “Angaeos, I command you to inhabit the island of Samos, instead of Samis. Its name is now Fillis”. He is succeeded by his son, Samos. In 900bC, we have the advent of the Ionians, and in the 6th century B.C the tyrant Polykratis becomes sovereign, an era during which Samos blooms. Polykratis organizes a powerful navy, conquers part of Asia Minor and dominates throughout the Aegean Sea, having formed an alliance with the tyrants of Athens (Pisistratus), and of Naxos Island, Lygdamis, as well as with the king of Egypt, Amasis. During this era we have the construction of Samaina, a new type of vessel, 14 mySamos

bearing 50 oars, which thrives in the Aegean Sea. The various technical constructions built – the Efpalinion Tunnel, the Temple of Hera, the walls and the ancient harbor of Pythagorion, which Herodotus refers to as “the very greatest crafted by any Greek”, all betray the great prime of the island. There is also an equally noteworthy cultural prime, represented by the mathematician Pythagoras, his sister Theoclaea, and the architects and sculptors Rikus, Theodorus and Teleclis. The acme of that era ends after the assassination of Polykratis by the Persian tyrant Orsitis, when sovereignty passes on to the Persians. During that period, Darius crosses to Europe, by constructing a bridge made of battleships, designed by the architect Mandroclis from Samos. In 479bC, the people of Samos, aided by the Athenian fleet, defeat the Persians in the naval battle of Mykalis, and thereon become a member of the Athenian Alliance. People of Samos make great efforts to gain their independence from Athens that is why Pericles decides to intervene. In

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eng.travelogues.gr - A. Laskarides Foundation Library - CAMOCIO Giovanni Francesco - 1574

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439bC, after a siege that lasted nine and a half months, the Athenians manage to take hold of the island, which starts to decay. Later on, the Byzantine Empire drastically combines the island with the intensely Christian element, whose rich inheritance lingers on to today. Already in the 4th cent. a.D. we have Bishops, while in the 7th century, Samos is included into a Byzantine “Prefecture�, based in Smyrna. After the fall of the Byzantine Empire, the island is taken by the Turks, and its population is radically diminished. After 1550A.D the Turks decide the re-colonization of the island, under the initiative of the Ottoman admiral Kilitz Ali. He is given permission by the Sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent, and aided by Sarakinis, of Patmos, who becomes the first settler. As commerce starts to develop and living conditions are improved, the notions of the French Revolution come in, to influence an up-coming social class, which, in the early 19th cent., seeks to overthrow the Potentates, supplant the Ottomans and to normalize taxes. Reactions against the Turkish oppressor gradually intensify, while Lykourgos Logothetis becomes the leader. On his side is Captain Stamatis Georgiadis. In the city of Samos, Revolution starts on April 18, 1821, and in Karlovasi on May, 8, 1821. The fights of the people (1821-1826) earn them freedom and independence! The foreign Forces decide, through the London Protocol, that Samos should remain outside of the fledgling Hellenic State. The Samian Hegemony (or Magistracy) is reconstructed and it the new

reality, bringing the island once again in a time of political and spiritual progress, while establishing full independence. The capital is transferred from Hora to Vathi, in order to boost commerce. Values for a new regime are being formed, with a General Assembly annually, unified budget, while many public works are undertaken. Printing offices are created, newspapers and books, as well as many important scientific (mathematical, historical studies) and spiritual (literary, philosophical) works are being written and published. After 1850 the island reaches a more drastic boom of development, with commerce, industry and shipping playing key roles. This period sports a great number of pieces of architecture, mostly in the city of Vathi. The waterfront of the harbor is constructed, as well as the Hegemonic Manor, the Pythagoras Square, the Hospital, the Public Market, the Courthouse Hall, the Pythagoras High school, the Prison Buildings- which host the Historical Archives today, the Houses of Parliamentwhich today is the Town-hall, the Paschalis

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Lykourgos Logothetis: He was born in 1772 at Karlovasi by the name George Paplomatas. He studied at Porphyries’ School and went on with his studies in Istanbul, and also studied medicine in Bucharest. In Moldovlachia he served as secretary to Ypsilantis, received the honorary title of “Logothetis”, was initiated in “Philiki Eteria” and took up leading authorities in the Revolution. He formed a political system which was maintained for many years. Between 1822 and 1826 he fought back the Turks numerous times.

Archive House - today an archaeological museum, the Mavrogenios Schools, along with numerous more buildings preserved and used until today. The Balkan Wars that follow cause great concern to the island and in 1912 the Samians seek the unification with the rest of Greece. Aided by the mediation and the persistence of Themistocles Sofoulis the incorporation into the Greek State is carried out with a symbolic occupation of the island by the Greek Fleet, which raises the Greek Flag. This will determine the course of the island in the 20th cent. Besides, tannery remains active at that time, and the Vinicultural Union is formed. During the rough years of WWII the Samians are

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ravaged by the looting of the Italians (1941-1943) and German bombardments (1943-1944). After the War the Samians find themselves in opposing sides and are driven to the bloody Civil War of 1947-1949. This fierce decade, which had paralyzed the island, leads to an intense migration flux, especially towards foreign countries. The resurgence of the island starts in the 70ies, when Tourism development gradually begins, thrusting the island into a new developmental course which is being strengthened ever since and being a major enterprise. At the same time, the very existence of military personnel, as well as the Aegean University over the past few years has brought about great vivacity.

The Metamorphosis Church in Potami and the Venetian Castle: The Church of Kimisis tis Theotokou, also called Panagia Tou Potamiou (Madonna of the River), which is now celebrated on the Day of Metamorphosis. It is speculated that the church belongs in the Laskarides Dynasty, in the early 13th century, but it may be even older (11th century). In the same region, there are some ruins from the same era, the Temple of Agios Nikolaos of Potami, as well as the Venetian Castle, of which parts of its aqueduct, of its walls and of the Agia Triada Temple are preserved.

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Σάμος - Βαθύ • Samos - Vathy

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The capital of Samos, called Samos or Vathi, constitutes the largest town of the island and of the entire Prefecture.

Themistocles Sofoules: Born in Vathi, Samos, in 1860, he studied Philosophy and Archaeology in Athens and Germany. He served as an Archaeology Professor in the University of Athens. He led the unsuccessful movement to overturn the Ruler Kopasis in 1908, and returned with a movement against the Turkish army on the island, which met with success. He was declared the governor of the island and he declared the unification of the army with the Greek State. He served four time as Prime Minister of Greece, before dying in 1949.

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Hegemony, expanded and turned into the capital (1854). The modern city of Samos is the administrative center of the island, while it maintains its picturesque figure, with its neo-classical buildings and its traditional neighborhoods.

Things worth seeing in the city: √ The archaeological Museum with the “Kouros” statue and rare findings dating from the Ionian era √ The Library, on the coastal avenue √ Τhe Ecclesiastical Museum and the Library, within the premises of the Metropolitan Church √ Τhe Town Hall and the Municipal Library. Here is where the Parliament of Samians used to gather during the years of the Hegemony (1834-1912). Right across the street is the Agios Spyridon Cathedral, where the congress, under Themistocles Sofoulis, declared the unification of the island with the Greek State (Nov.1912) √ Τhe Historical Archive of Samos √ Τhe Pythagorion High School (1855)

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The city acquired its current form after the unification of Samos with the rest of Greece (1913), whereas earlier it was divided in Upper and Lower Vathi. It is built amphitheatrically, beginning up the hills and reaching all the way down to the sea, around the gulf. In antiquity, there used to be a city in the same area, while during the Roman and Byzantine times it was a settlement which, in the years of the

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INO Village hotel T.+30 22730 23241 www.inovillagehotel.com Paradise Hotel T.+30 22730 23911 www.samos-paradise.gr

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Scorpios Hotel E. info@e-scorpios.com www.e-scorpios.com

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AUTOUNION Car rental T.+30 22730 27444 www.samosrent.com

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Manos Car rental T.+30 22730 87422 www.manos-rentacar.com MY HOUSE Cafe T.+30 694 521 9578 E. myhousebar@yahoo.gr

Chionati Τ. +30 22730 27622 www.chionati.com

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Opticon Gryllou Τ. +30 22730 22188 vickygrillou@yahoo.gr

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Rob’s ink Tattoo Τ. +30 22730 28154 FB: Robsinktattoos

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Hotel Paradise is a family run hotel, situated in the center of Samos Town, close to the sea, surrounded by olive trees and it’s own beautiful garden. 48 air-conditioned rooms all with bath, balcony, TV, mini bar,

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hair dryer, music and direct dial telephone. With a spacious lounge, veranda, bar, snack bar and a swimming pool, hotel Paradise can promise you a warm friendly atmosphere, making an unforgettable holiday.

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STEPS RESTAURANT T.+30 22730 28649

Walking down the picturesque Themistocles Sofoulis coastal avenue is followed by a stroll down Lykourgos Logothetis Street, where the main market of the city lies. It is the complete package, down a road with various shops and buildings, in a course through the Municipal Garden (park) and the Square of Pythagoras and its Lion.

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TO STEKI TAVERN T.+30 22730 23580

In our family restaurant Mrs Roula cooks for you excellent traditional recipies with fresh local products and fresh fish and serves them with selected Samos wine. Behind the Catholic church, enter in the small yard and take a tasteful break from your walk in the city of Samos.

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Things worth seeing in Upper Vathi: √ Αgios Ioannis, one of the oldest and most significant churches on the island √ The neo-classical building of the Primary School and the Municipality (1901) √ Agia Cara, a temple dating in the late 17th century, boasting unique murals of the Second Advent and a carven wooden chancel √ Ag. Paraskevi, a temple in the area where the oldest buildings of the city are situated √ An open theatre, a modern structure hosting cultural happenings, which has a breathtaking view over the gulf and the city of Samos √ Αgia Kioura and the church of Agia Matrona

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In Vathi you can find tourist agencies, hotels and rooms to let, either in the center, or at the suburbs, you can rent a car or a bicycle, eat in one of the numerous restaurants, do your shopping, and enjoy your nights out. There are several summer bars, mostly along the way from the harbor to the Hospital, right next to the sea.. After visiting all the above, you can take the road up the more denselybuilt part of the city, Pano (Upper) Vathi.

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Paleokastro & surrounding settlements and beaches

Southeast from the city of Samos, we come across the village Paleokastro. Invisible from the sea, built among hills, while it tries to preserve its picturesque scent. This village usually serves as a passage to the famous beaches Poseidonio, Kerveli, Mykali, and Psili Ammos, as well as to the Alykes (salterns).

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Κοκκάρι • Kokkari

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Kokkari, built between small hills and the lowland where it lies today, used to be a tiny fishing dorp, which started to develop in the 19th century.

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Its imposing beaches, printed on millions of postcards, its picturesque alleys with flower beds full of blossoms and the hospitable villagers make it one the prettiest villages of the entire island. At the same time, tourist facilities with politeness and discreetness abound in the beach and the harbor, offering a unique experience. Visit the parish temple of Agios Nikolaos and the Agios Panteleimon chapel. In Kokkari you can find all sorts of restaurants, bars and shops. Further-

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more, there are numerous rooms to let within the village, while in the surrounding area there are lots of hotels most of which overlooking the village and mostly the sea. The neighboring beaches are also an attraction of the island, while on the way to Karlovasi there is an organized wind-surfing facility, in an area famous to all lovers of water sports throughout the world. Nightlife revolves mainly around bars, ending with romantic strolls down the harbor.

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Heading from Kokkari to Karlovasi, you go by the exquisite beaches Lemonakia, Tsamadou and Tsambou and you ascend, on the left, towards Vourliotes village. At the crossroad on our right, you see a small hill over the sea. On top of it, there is the Prophet

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Arion Hotel T.+30 22730 92020 www.arion.gr GO Car Rentals www.samosgorentacar.com

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Lychnos Jewels www.art-jewels.com T. +30 22730 92773

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Reef Beach Café T. +30 2273092145 FB. ReefKokkari

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piccolo porto ITALIAN RESTAURANT T.+30 6932 445 421

Elias’ church, but on a closer inspection you can see part of a wall surrounding the hill. This castle overlooks the entire Kampos (valley) of Vourliotes. In Kampos there is the old dorp Palaiohori, Svala Beach and a series of important chapels you can admire amongst the vineyards, among which are the remains of the old Christian chapel to St Nikolas (Agios Nikolaos).

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hikinG & WALKING ROUTES

GIRASOLE RISTORANTE ITALIANO T.+30 22730 92037

This is where most hiking trails begin, heading mainly to Mytilinii, Vourliotes and the Peak of Karvounis Mountain. You can also walk towards Lemonakia and Tsamadou beaches.

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is not the only reason; it is also the tavernas, right on the beach, ready to serve you memorable tastes on this beautiful setting.

The small picturesque village will send you the best vibes when you go down the small alley. The sea here is calm but this

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Vourliotes

On the way to Vourliotes, in the first kilometer, there is a sign towards the Pnaka water source .An earthly paradise awaits us there among the planes. There is a glen full of running water, the chapels of Agios Konstantinos and of Agios Ioannis, with their peculiar large side alcoves, and a humble, yet attractive tavern waiting to take you through local culinary specialties. The old path that used to connect Kampos (the valley) with the village comes this way, and many paved parts of it are preserved.

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hiking From Vourliotes there is an earthen path to Manolates, and the peak of Karvounis Leave your car at the village and walk to the “Panagia Vrontiani Monastery.

Village Index Blue Chairs VOURLIOTES T.+30 22730 93311 www.bluechairs.gr

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Things worth seeing in Vourliotes Valley: √ The ruins of the castle at the hill of Profitis Elias √ Also discover the old trail to the Pnaka water source and Vourliotes, in which some parts are preserved, with their initial paving. √ Αgia Pelagia chapel with its tile floor and Agia Matrona chapel with its post-Byzantine murals

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Ascending towards Vourliotes you have the chance to admire the marvelous view of the sea, as well as of the green hillsides, where pines and olive trees and vines interchange. Vourliotes is at 300m above sea level and its one of the largest and most beautiful villages of the island. It is also one of the oldest villages of Samos, dating in the late 16th century, and was inhabited by colonists coming from Vourla in Asia Minor. Its magnificent houses, traditional alleys and innumerable shops show the village’s heyday over past decades. Stroll through its squares and neighborhoods; visit the wonderful churches of Agios Ioannis and of ‘Kimisis tis Theotokou’; enjoy your café or desserts; and, if you stay for lunch, don’t miss the chance to taste “revithokeftedes”, a kind of “meat” balls made of chick-peas. The villagers are particularly friendly.


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Twenty km away from Samos, we discover Ag. Konstantinos, a small village right on the beach, with a pretty little dock and a beach ideal for a wonderful stroll. “Agios”, as it called by the locals, actually consists of two settlements, one near the sea and the other further up in the woods. Enjoy the houses that are side by side on the beach, visit the church, as well as the older temple of the saint, with its remarkable chancel screen, walk by the Primary School and head to Platanakia. It’s a fantastic scenery that makes you forget you are actually on an Aegean island. Agelong platan trees in the bountiful waters of the glen, all cloaked in ivy, standing some 15m above ground, majestic bird chants and the enchanting serenity of the place will really leave you speechless. Descend, take a walk, admire the splendor of Nature with all your respect, and then proceed on the lovely road to Manolates. Agios Konstantinos started as a smaller village. It is just 5 minutes from the port and it worths a visit, to see the old church.

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Manolates got its name from someone called ‘Manolis’, who moved to the area in 1794. Manolates is located on the north side of the island, 20 km from Samos town. It is a traditional village built on the side of Karvounis mountain at a height of 340m and is situated in luscious vegetation with a panoramic view of the beaches of Asia Minor. There is a 4 km tarmac road from Agios Konstantinos through the magical valley of the nightingales passing by Platanakia and Valoentades. It follows the course of a river and is for most of its way in the shade of magnificent Plain trees, coming out of the forest the last part offers breathtaking views to the sea.

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A network of dirt roads, created for the farmers, from Vourliotes and Stavrinides, again through forests and terraces of vineyards and olive groves, with clear running water. These are ideal for off road vehicles and also for hikers. Then there are the old stone paved paths, some of the best kept on the island, these were the original routes between the villages and the plots of land. They connect the villages of Agios Konstantinos, Manolates, Vourliotes, Stavrinides, Ambelos and Kokkari. Today 30 of these paths are open, well marked and are really worth walking. The volunteer group ’nightingale walks’ maintain every year clearing from dense vegetation, collecting any rubbish and mark and map the paths. The maps are available free of charge. These paths are very popular with hikers, who either walk them alone or in groups with a guide, in the months of May, June and September, October. Often stopping in the village for some lunch and a cool carafe of local wine before continuing on their paths. In Manolates it is interesting to explore the traditional architecture, with the abundance of flowers outside every door, the cobbled streets, the village fountain, with its constant running water and the church of Zoodocho Pigi with its amazing balcony and breathtaking view across to Asia Minor. There are also through the summer many celebrations in outlying chapels in the area. During your visit to Manolates, apart from the beauty of the village, you will find small ca-

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fes, traditional tavernas with home cooked food, craft shops with their studios (art, ceramic, silversmith, jewellery, textiles and woodwork). Including a museum shop with a traditional cellar on display selling local products (oil, wine, jams, herbs). It is this connection of a traditional rural village community with a scene of innovative craftsmen and artists that provides Manolates

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with a special flair – a stimulating and at the same time relaxing atmosphere that you can enjoy also in the evenings of your holiday.

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At the opposite side of Agios Konstantinos, there is the road to Nenedes, the old name for the two villages that follow on our way. First we reach Ampelos village, which is literally a balcony to the sea. It’s a quiet dorp, where we will find the church of Agios Ioannis, built in 1672. The surrounding area is verdant and the soil is remarkably fertile, with many water sources. Apart from vineyards, we also have the cultivation of fruit-trees, as well as peach, apricot, cherry and walnut trees. Moving on, we reach Stavrinides, at an

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Karlovassi is situated at the northwest of the island, in a plateau formed by two mountains, Kerkis and Karvounes. The city of Karlovassi consists of different settlements, which were established on different periods, some at the plains and some at the hills, according to the needs of that time.

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Historical evidence proves that it has been inhabited since antiquity, while there had been an obvious prime during the Byzantine era, specimens of which are mostly temples (Agios Nikolaos and Metamorphosis tou Kyriou, constructed in the 11th century, various Byzantine chapels and ruins at Keramidas area etc), as well as a marvelous castle which climbs up the rocks above Metamorphosis Church at Potami, dating from the Genoan occupation.

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In presenting Karlovassi villages from the west to the east, we begin from the oldest settlement, named Palaio (old) Karlovassi, located in verdant hills, within a glen with planes and kalmias. It is virtually invisible from the sea, and it constitutes one of the most traditional villages of the island. It has been inhabited ever since 1600aD, perhaps even earlier. Its trademark is Agia Triada, a lovely temple on top of the highest hill, which offers an

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enchanting view of all Karlovassi areas. To get there you must take an exquisite stroll in picturesque alleys. On our way, we come across the old parish church of Panagia (Madonna), which has remarkable paintings and parts of murals. You may also wander at the western neighborhood, called Galatas. On our way down, we reach Limani (port), which was constructed in the late 18th century. In 2009, a new section was added to the port, so as to cover the growing needs of this part of the island, and also the lack of space for the docking of pleasure boats, yachts and merchant ships.

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The Aegean University in Karlovassi: The Aegean University founded in Karlovassi the School of Scientific Disciplines, with faculties of Mathematics, Communication System Engineering and Statistics, and Financial Mathematics. It is housed in exquisite, neo-classical buildings in the city, but it also possesses various old industrial buildings of tanneries and warehouses.

The main street maintains the atmosphere of the beginnings of the previous century, with double-decked stone buildings in classical design. Here, along with gigantic Hotel facilities,

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you can also find anything you desire, from super-market stores, tourist agencies, cafeterias, to restaurants, an open-air cinema, and clubs, which make for a powerful attraction, all year long. Don’t forget to visit Limani in the morning, for breakfast and coffee, but at night as well, for a dinner by the sea, and for nightlife. What is more, Karlovassi hosts one of the two main Vinicultural Union’s facilities. After the celebration of the 15th of August, Dekapentavgoustos, when vine harvest commences, tractors line one behind the other in the coastal avenue, to deliver the fruit of a year’s efforts, to produce the exhilarating wine we drink.

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Heading towards the sea, at the most easterly part of Karlovassi, we find Ormos (or Riva), a place that used to be a merchandising center ,which flourished during the years of the Hegemony, and up to the years between the two World Wars, when it started to decay. From the imposing Crossing the bridge over the wide torrent church of Agios Nikolaos, you can head to that cleaves this area, we find ourselves area that used to house the old tobacco in Neo Karlovassi. It is amphitheatrically warehouses, the neo-classical mansions built, and is the urban center of all Var- of the wealthy tanners and merchants, and lovasi villages. You will find all local au- the impressive tanneries. thorities here, the Town Hall, the University, a cinema-lovers club, lots of schools Things worth seeing in Potami: and a Health Center. There are plenty of √ The Metamorphosis Church (which celebrates free municipal parking spots, where you on August 6th) can leave your vehicle while wander√ The Venetian Castle which is right above the ing and feeling the serenity of the town’s Metamorphosis Church streets and market. √ The impressive waterfalls It is really worth visiting the building of Porphyriad School, across the Town Hall Square, and the neo-classical building of the legendary School of Commerce, which What is left portrays the extent of prime is now owned by the University. Also, don’t that this town lived, particularly in those miss the chance to visit the Eparch Cathe- districts.It is also worth seeing the modral of Kimisis tis Theotokou (Dormition dern tannery museum which is situated of Madonna), just beyond the Hegemonic before the seaside road, when heading (magisterial) Manor, as well as the Folk- from central Karlovassi to Limani. To the loric Museum, the Matrona Temple with East, after the bridge of the Fourni stream, its carven wooden chancel and, finally, in the area ‘Louviarika’, there is the old the Chatzigiannis Maiden School, where Leper Hospital, an abandoned building of high aesthetic value, as well as a rugged the University Library is housed today. beach with pebbles. To the west side of Karlovassi, after Limani, we reach the famous Potami beach, the Temple of Metamorphosis (one of the oldest ones on the island), the waterfalls and the well-preserved path to takes you there. If we proceed past Potami, after 30’ walk, we get to Mikro (small) Seitani Beach and half hour futher we get to Megalo (big) Seitani, a refuge for the Monachus-Monachus seal, protected under NATURA 2000 project.

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hiking & walking routes: You can, rather effortlessly, walk from Lekka to Tsourlaei and enjoy the rich vegetation. From Tsourlaei there is a dirt road leading to Potami beach, a descending trail among pines, with a wonderful sea view.

all around (Panagia Mavrikena, Agia Triada, Agios Georgios). From here the road continues to the ring road of Marathokampos, and from here you can head to Kosmadaei village. On your way you will come across a small dorp named Nikoloudes within dense vegetation, and proceed, through a unique verdant route, to get Kosmadaei, at 600m of altitude. Don’t be surprised if you encounter cloudy or foggy weather, even during summer months. The view from the serene village to the north side of the island and the steep gorges that lead to Seitani village is really breathtaking. There are few villagers still living here, because the days of prosperity are long gone. Forest logging and coal production have ceased and agriculture has remained as the primary occupation. From here starts a dirt road to Kakoperato, a small monastery (Zoodochos Pigi) which is situated at a steep gorge with a cave.

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Starting from the center of Neo Karlovassi, we head to Konteika village, which is 6kms away. At 300m above sea level, Konteika village is situated at a hillside, between hills, so it is invisible from the sea. The village square is ideal for a coffee at noon and all sorts of dainties on summer nights. In August local Unions organize wine festivities, which turn into quite a feast. The Church of the Genethlia Theotokou (Birthday of Virgin Mary), which celebrates on 8th of September, the Primary School and the newly renovated gristmill we can visit at the upper side of the square, are the feathers in the village’s cap. The main occupation of the villagers is the cultiva-

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tion of olive trees and vines, whereas in the past we also had the growing of tobacco. Leaving Konteika we can head either to Agioi Theodoroi village (to the right) or to Platanos village (to the left). Going to Agioi Theodoroi is a unique route. The dense pine vegetation is a real household treasure and a refuge for this small village, which is invisible from almost every angle. The houses preserve the traditional atmosphere, with the Agioi Theodoroi church imposing itself in the center. At the glens of the village there are two watermills. Platanos is one of the islands’ destinations you really shouldn’t miss. It lies at 500m altitude, and it is one of the oldest villages (early 1600). Well-celebrated and sung for, due to its water, with a breathtaking view of the Aegean Islands, it is a major attraction both for tourists and for the locals, particularly during the celebration of August 15th, and the feast that take place here. On summer nights it is worth admiring the full moon light showering the waters of Marathokampos beach. The water source with its clear and crystal cold water in the village square, shrouded in planes, will give you the strength for a stroll in its narrow streets

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Leaving Karlovassi and heading east, we turn left to the village Ydroussa. The route is a continuous interchange of vineyards, gardens and glens with planes. You will also come across many chapels. The village was once called “Fourni” (meaning ovens), owing to the numerous ovens (furnaces) that were used for pottery. The entire area has been inhabited since ancient times, while during

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Byzantine period, the existence of settlements is proven by the ruins of chapels that are all around. The small traditional cafes of the square and the sports field are worth taking a stroll, for a rest and a wonderful view to Konteika and Platanos village and to Mountain Karvounis (or Ampelos). Leaving Karlovassi, passing by the bridge to Ydroussa, in just 3 kms we reach St. Demetrios Church (constructed on top of a 1605 AD temple). On our right lies the lovely Kontakeika. In Kontakeika we marvel on the Kimisis Theotokou and Agios Georgios church. Leaving the village, we can descend to the Karlovassi suburb which is also the Kontakeika village little port, Ag. Nikolaos, or “Limanaki”, as locals call it.

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Μαραθόκαμπος • Marathokambos It is built amphitheatrically at the south roots of Mountain Kerkis. It has a unique view over the gulf, the islands of Patmos and Agathonisi, while its coastal areas are one of the developing tourist attractions of the island.

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Its history begins in the Byzantine years, when it plays a significant role in naval and commercial activities of the Empire. Monks from Agion Oros in particular, used to come here to trade their goods, and purchase goods of the Samian land (mostly olive oil and wine). In the bay there are ship building facilities, as well as the headquarters of the fleet that controls the South Aegean Sea. In the Hegemonic period, Marathokampos was an urban centre, with links to Dodecanese’s islands, as well as with the rest of

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hikING & WALKING ROUTES Close to Pythagoras’ Cave there is also the small chapel of Panagia Sarantaskaliotissa. From Kampos of Marathokampos, you may also take a hiking route to Evangelistria Monastery, on Mt Kerkis.

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buildings, due to the different construction workers who came from various parts of continental Greece. As it was built in a place full of water sources, the visitors can still find many public water taps, such as Lougga square, Sgouron water tap and the laundry house in Agios Athanasios. Some further historical places we can visit are Agios Antonios, the temple where the Revolution was declared in April 17, 1821, the High School, which hosts a vast collection of old books, and the museum, with historical documents and heirlooms. Before reaching Marathokampos, we come across the little, abandoned village called Sevasteika, with a church of St. Georgios.

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Easter in Marathokambos In Marathokambos of Samos, a predominantly marine village, with coastal settlements that in summer attract thousands of European visitors, Easter is celebrated in the most solemn manner. On Saturday morning the churches are decorated with His Resurrectional and covered with flowering branches. The housewives are engaged in the preparation of the Easter table while men with the final details of the custom of celebrating the burst, whose roots traced to the era of Ottoman rule at times of insurgency. This is a tradition that after the war of 1940 has evolved at its present form for the gathering crowd of Marathokambos. United the village, at night, in the church gather to watch the Resurrection. The Risen Christ announced amid solemn shootings and throwing of firecrackers at which almost all male population is involved. From that moment begins the climax of the celebrations, focusing on the custom of the burst, which like several other events accompany the procession of Rise of Anastasis on Sunday afternoon in Antilampro. The communion is universal and the emotions are intense. The burning of Judas and the custom of the swing revive on the Easter Monday and attract many visitors.

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Descending from Marathokampos village, we arrive at Ormos (cove) of Marathokampos, the village’s port. Formerly a harbor to the entire island, called Gialos, today it serves as a docking place for fishing boats and many sorts of vessels. It maintains the atmosphere of a typical fishing village, with many taverns around the port, and lots of rooms to let. There is also a pebbled beach at the east of the dorp, which is serene and solitary. In this region, where nowadays the cultivation of olive is the predominant occupation, there once was a great production and export of onions. Moving further to the west, we get to Kampos of Marathokampos (or Votsalakia). This is where a vast pebbled beach with crystal clear waters begins. The sun is very hot here in the summer, and the full moon nights are enchanting. Throughout the beach there are restaurants, rooms to let, tourist agencies and quiet bars. The beach is so vast that you can chose to be crowded, or almost on your own! From here we can head to Pythagoras’ Cave, which is

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three kilometers away and also to the routes to Mt Kerkis. Carrying on, in the crude, barren landscape of the Samian south, we go past to Psili Ammos and Limionas beaches, to get to Agia Kyriaki. Moving on amongst olive groves, under the watchful eye of the imposing Mt Kerkis, we head to most western part of the island. Palaiohori is on our left, on a small hill, and it is a strong temptation to any visitor, remaining unaltered through the course of time. Picturesque and solitary, it takes us to the past. The view to south Aegean and the marvelous sea will probably lure you to the nearby beaches. From here we can get to Agios Ioannis Panteleimon, a small monastery by the sea, on the verdant bed of a small glen. This haven, created banana trees, many other fruit trees and planes, will certainly fascinate you. Admire the wonderful church, the gardens and the quiet water basin. On the celebration of St John, locals gather

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with all sorts of delicacies and spend the night here, just as they have been doing for many decades. You will also discover two pebble beaches here. Returning to the main road, the landscape starts to change. We are entering Kalambaktasia (or Kalambachtasi) village. Vegetation is dense, and oaks, pine trees and cedars escort you in your passage to Kallithea. Once known as Prinias, Kallithea is a quiet village built on a hillside, at the roots of Mt Kerkis, with a view over Ikaria and Chios. The secret of this village is the majestic sunsets the visitor can enjoy. From here we can also follow the coastal road to Agios Isidoros cove about 5 km away, an old shipbuilding yard which is still operating. All around there are little beaches (Varsamo), and the area is ideal for fishing. A dirt road also takes you to places where ascets lived. Many hermits dwelled here in the past, and constructed numerous chapels inside caves, and their remnants exist until today. Proceeding on the main road, we reach the end of the line, in Drakei village. In this dorp you will marvel on the church of St George, with Byzantine murals dating in

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Koumeika - Neohori - Skoureika

At the east of Marathokampos, we meet Koumeika, a beautiful central village built among olive groves. The village square with the cafes, the huge plane, the old taps with the crystal running water of the nearby (water) sources, along with the traditional houses, are all decorated with colorful flowers, in one of the best-groomed villages of Samos. The festival that takes place in August 6 is equally famous. From here you can descend to the tiny coastal dorp named Balos, where you will discover taverns by the sea, and a peaceful pebble beach with cold waters. Moreover maintaining our source to the east, we reach Skoureika, a beautiful, quiet and picturesque dorp, ideal for a stroll. A little bit to the North is Neohori (or Nihori), which used to be called Zoureika.

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It is a picturesque little fishing village, which flourished after the Revolution of 1821 and nowadays it constitutes the most famous destination of the island. It used to be called Tigani (frying pan). Its current name was given about 50 years ago, in honor of Pythagoras.

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Logothetis’ Tower (Byzantine Museum): The tower of Lykourgos Logothetis, next to the Temple of The Transformation of The Savior in Pythagorion, was constructed in 1824 on top of buildings dating from the antiquity. It served as the defensive fortress of the revolutionists and the headquarters of Logothetis. It has got thick walls, and its windows are of a different motif, compared to the aforementioned, earlier towers.

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Pythagoras: Born in Samos circa 580bC and the founder of mathematics, Pythagoras was also a great geometrician, astronomer, and philosopher. He also had a unique theoretical approach to music, which he combined with numbers. He created an integral system of studying celestial bodies, with mathematical and geometrical evidence. His most famous accomplishment is the “Pythagorean theorem”, his geometrical axiom about the right triangle, according to which the square of the hypotenuse side equals the sum of the addition of the square of the two vertical sides. In his theories, philosophical and religious goals have unbreakable bonds and walk side by side. What is more, everything is based on numbers, measure and harmony. From a very early age he was well-respected within the Samian society, since his parents (Mnisarchus and Pythais) were considered descendants of Angaeos. He was so handsome and such a good speech maker, that he used to captivate his audience. He was educated by Thales from Milissos (in Mathematics and Geometry) , Anaximander, Ferekides from Lesvos, and the Samian philosopher Ermodamas. He was married to Theano and had a son and two daughters. He created a School in which he trained lots of young people. Due to political contrast with Polykratis, he was banished, took refuge in the homonymous cave and abandoned the island. He traveled and lived in Egypt, Babylon, Delos, at the Oracle of Delphi and finally in South Italy and Sicily, where he founded his renowned School and many of its branches. He died a very elderly man, in Metapontum of South Italy (at about 490bC).

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Doryssa SEASIDE RESORT Τ. +30 22730 88300 www.doryssa.gr Glicorisa BEACH HOTEL Glicorisa, Samos www.glicorisa.gr

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Pythagoras, according to local tradition, designed the “Pythagorian cup”, as it is called today. The ‘cup of justice’, as it is called in Greece, functions under the laws of Physics. The one who drinks can fill the cup with wine up to a certain level. If this level of the wine gets over the line then the wine is spilt out of the cup through the bottom. The central column of the cup is positioned directly over the stem of the cup and over the hole at the bottom of the stem. A small pipe runs from this hole almost to the top of the central column, where there is an open chamber. The chamber is connected by a second pipe to the bottom of the central column, where a hole in the column exposes the pipe to the content (wine). When the cup is filled, liquid rises through the second pipe up to the chamber at the top of the central column. As long as the

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Elia T. +30 22730 61436 FB. elia restaurant Irodion Garden T. +30 22730 61642 FB. IrodionRestaurant

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Νext to L. Logothetis castle there is the church of Metamorfosi. At the 6th of August locals celebrate Logothetis’ effort to win the Turks, in 1824.

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DANIKI SHOP HANDMADE STORIES T. +30 6948 270 577

SAMIAN WINES & GIFTS SHOP T. +30 22730 61533 E. svakentis@hotmail.com Dimas SUPER MARKET T. +30 22730 61273

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Aristarchus The father of Astronomy Born in Samos on 310bC and studied at the Alexandrian School. He introduced the notion of a heliocentric solar system, namely that the Earth and the planets revolve around the sun. However, his theories were considered inferior to the one of Aristotle and Ptolemy. Cleanthes even argued that Aristarchus ought to be convicted, since his theory breaks the calmness of the Gods, “altering the people’s focus and unsettling the tranquility of the Olympians”! Nevertheless he was vindicated for his significant observation in 1543A.D, when Copernicus proved the heliocentric model. Aristarchus invented the ‘skafion’ an artifact measuring the hour of a day, geographic latitude, the daily deviation in the Sun’s orbit, as well as equinoxes, and all that in 281bC. Furthermore, he accounted for the succession of the four seasons, as being due to the inclination of the sun’s axis to its elliptical orbit. He died circa 230bC.

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Sarakinis’ Tower One of the four towers of the island, this tower was built around 1570 by Nikolas Sarakinis, an officer under the Turkish Admiral Kilitz Ali, who decided the re-colonization of the island in 1562. Sarakinis took up the supervision of the surrounding area and constructed this exquisite building, which is 13m long, 6,5m wide and more than 11m high. It is a purely fortifying three-storey building, built entirely of chiseled rock. It has got battlements, which is typical of buildings of the kind.

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Hora - Mytilinii - Mavratzaei

Hora, as its name suggests, was the capital of the island from the medieval times, until 1854. It is situated 3kms outside Pythagorion, and is built on a plain named “Kampos”, or “Tigani”. Today it is one of the biggest villages of the island, and it maintains a rich architectural heritage, comprised of neo-classical double-decked buildings for the construction of which some of the materials were taken from ancient buildings (such as pillars, chapiters etc.). The wonderful Panagia church with its impressive bell towers, the local community center, the stone public laundry houses, and the Primary School (1930), are all buildings you can marvel on. Three km further north, we reach Mytilinii village. This central village, seems to have been alive for many centuries, due to the Cyclopean Walls. Its name was given during the colonization by people from Lesvos (or Mytilene) during the Turkish occupation. It is also legendary well-known because of the great production of tobacco. The main visitor attraction to this village is the Paleontological Museum, which hosts important and extremely rare findings of fossilized animals. Built between hills, this village preserves an intensely picturesque atmosphere, while you will find lots of shops. Outside the village you will see the monastery of Agia Triada . 80 mySamos

Angeliki HOTEL T. +30 22730 95335 hotel_angeliki@hotmail.com Friendly T.+30 22730 95344 levissianos@yahoo.gr

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From Hora, after reaching and marveling on the Timios Stavros Monastery, we discover the Mavrantzaei village, hidden among gorges, at 300 m hillside. Even though it was burnt down in the great 2000 fire, many pines remain in the surrounding hillsides. It used to have a large tradition in ceramics and pottery.

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Μyloi - Pagondas - Spatharei

Myloi, two kilometers north of Hereon, is one of the most beautiful villages of the island, dating back to the years when the island was abandoned, while excavation have brought Mycenaean tombs to light, evidence that the area has been inhabited from antiquity. The ancient river Imvrassos crosses the village, and there is bountiful running water, therefore there are many watermills, and this is how the village got the name Myloi (mills). Few of them are saved today, hidden among orange and lemon trees. Despite it is just a small village, it is very lovely and its beautiful square, its alleys and its stone houses are surely worth visiting. The area is rather special, since we have the cultivation of predominantly citrus fruits, giving this valley their special colors and scents, during the blossoming of orange, tangerine and lemon trees. Also outside the village you will find the historical Sarakinis Tower. Northwestern of Hereon, on the slopes of Mountain Bournias, we discover Pagondas’ village. It is used to be called Kirmizi-koy (from the Turkish words “kirmizi” meaning ‘red’, and “koy” meaning ‘village’) because of the red-color roof tops used to have, owing to the use of red soil. It was later named ‘Pagondas’, from the ho82 mySamos

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Petrokaravo: This tiny and unimportant reef, off the shore of Hereon, has managed to create various fables about it. In antiquity, God Apollo fell in love with the daughter of the river god Imvrassos, the enchanting Okirroy, who did not respond to his love, she fled the island and went to Miletus, by ship. When, later, she wanted to return to her father, Apollo kept following her and asked her father to marry her. Imvrassos, not being able to deny it to god Apollo, but at the same time not wanting to make her unhappy, decided to turn her return ship into stone. Another, fable has it that at the times that pirates looted and navigated the island incessantly, the Samians with tears in their eyes begged Panagia Spiliani to save them, and she turned a pirate ship into stone, at the place now valled ‘Petrocaravo’ (meaning ship of stone).

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3. Lemonakia An ideal destination for families to spend all the day under the sun and the trees, having also lunch at the taverna of Andreas. You can park your car at the central road and walk to the beach. Andreas place is ideal for fresh fish or traditional Samian cookings.

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4. Tsamadou Spend all day at the popular beach of northern Samos. Sunbathing or enjoying its refreshing crystal waters, Tsamadou will compensate you to the fullest. Navagos beach bar is the ideal place to make your mood. Cocktails, snacks, beers, non-stop lounge music and various activities, at different spots, to meet your expectations. Try Navagos’ hospitality and enjoy the wide range of services offered.

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5. Avlakia A bay with pebbles, under the impressive mountains, at the front of the small village. Quite place ideal for the lovers of snorkeling. Dona Rosa will serve you fine international and Greek cuisine right on the beach.

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6. Tsambou The impressive beach under the rocky setting. In the middle of Northern Samos, very close to Kokkari, Manolates and Vourliotes. You can park your car next to the beach., enjoy the restaurant’s local cuisine, snacks and coctails and of course the crystal waters. In case the north wind makes the sea very wild, you can still enjoy the sun and the beach bar’s services.

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16. Small Seitani This small paradise is the ending of a beautiful gorge. You have to walk 30 minutes after Potami beach to reach it. You will love the setting and stay for many hours.Take with you anything you might need (water, snacks, etc.).

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17. Big Seitani You are going to love this amazing and exotic beach! It is the ending of the gorge starting from Kakoperato monastery. The sandy beach will compensate you for the long walk (1h distance from Potami). An alternative way to come is by using the small taxi-yacht from Karlovasi port. This place is protected by the NATURA program as is hosts many monachus monachus seals. 18. Agios Isidoros & Varsamo At the traditional shipyards there are two small quiet beaches with pebbles, ideal for fishing and snorkeling. Go only with a jeep. 19. Plaka 20. Agios Ioannis Eleimonas Two isolated beaches with pebble

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A long beach at the Kampos of Marathokampos. You will find anything you need here. Small pebbles and sand. 3 kilometers are enough to select your place, crowded or quiet. Mini markets, taverns, bars and of course sunbeds and water sports.

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A long beach at the left side of Ormos. Quiet, with sand and pebbles.

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The famous long beach next to the airport. Combining ideally pebbles and sand, it has many water sport facilities as well as beach volley, beach soccer, etc, at its western part. In Beach Volley Potokaki you will find one of the best beach bars of southern Samos.

Starting from Logothetis Castle and continuing to Doryssa Resort, this is the most popular beach for young people and the ideal place to enjoy water sports. Bars and hotels provide all you might need while the sea is adorable.

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35. Glicorissa The new trend in Samos is Glycorisa. Next to Hotel Glycorisa, the bar with the restaurant and the pool provides the experience you really want to enjoy spending all day(s) at this beach! Sand, sunbeds and umbrellas, music and massages, drinks and snacks; the ideal setting for families with children but also young people.

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37. Psili Ammos (Pythagorio) This popular beach is on the way that goes throught the Alyki area. Has shallow sea bottom, sand, warm waters, sunbeds, umbrellas or trees to hide from the sun, tavernas and beach bars. Ideal for families wth children and of course the place to come for lunch and fresh fish. Watch the luxury yachts and cruise ships passing by from Patmos to Kusadasi.

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39. Posidonio At the smallest distance between Greece and Turkey, Posidonio is a friendly bay that all visitors prefer at their vacation in Samos. Sand and warm water, it is ideal to spend all day to swim, have lunch and why not stay for a couple of days at the rooms that are built so close to the beach.

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The family-beach with the chapel fo Agia Paraskevi is very quiet. Drinks and lunch at the local taverna. Not very far from Vathi to visit again and again.

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Samos is principally alpine, with two main Mountains, which contribute to the climatological conditions and the vegetation.

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hills, grow chestnut trees, aspens, walnut trees and black pines, while in the plains Τhe island of Samos is situated in the a great variety of citrus fruits is cultivated. eastern Aegean Sea, off the west coasts of Olive trees and vines abound in farmable Asia Minor, from which it is separated by areas, which are largely comprised of the Channel of Mykalis. At its west, lies terraces that are constructed since antiqthe island of Ikaria and at its southwest uity. Furthermore, there are platan trees, are the islands called Fourni (or Korsei). various groundling plants such as myrtle, Together, they constitute the Prefecture of many locust trees, apple, cherry, fig and Samos. Samos spans over 476 square kil- pear trees, cedars, and a great array of ometers, while its coastline (perimeter) is bushes. Generally speaking, these types 86 knots, or sea miles. of flora have many similarities with those Samos is principally alpine, with two at the coastal areas of Asia Minor. main Mountains, which contribute to the The fauna is just as rich, with mammals climatological conditions and the vegeta- (local monikers are quoted respectively) tion. One is Mt Kerketefs (or Kerkis).With such as wild boars, jackals, hares, reptiles an altitude of 1434meters, at its peak called Vigla, it figures among the very OLIVE BENEFITS welcomes the new season highest mountains of the country. Kerkis 2017-2018, with new collaborations with debelongs to the Western part of the island signer brands and a new range of biological and is rather poor in vegetation. The other and parapharmaceutical products. one is Mt Karvounis (or Ampelos) with The ongoing communication with the company’s an altitude of 1160 meters, its top is clients and partners leads to for more and named Profitis Ilias, it lies at the cenmore innovation and research, in order to tral and eastern part of the island, and achieve increasingly higher quality standards it’s overgrown with vegetation. The only for the consumer. Try our products and natural harbor of the island is that of Vathi, surrender yourselves to the nurture of nature. whereas the ones in Pythagorion, dating It’s Olive, it’s pure! from the age of Polykratis, and of Karlowww.olivebenefits.com.gr vassi, are man-made. The primary kinds of flora are a kind of pine, pinus brutia, as well as cypresses. Moreover, further up the mountains and

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such as a species dubbed kourkoudiali, chameleons, snakes (astritis- a name for the young viper), turtles, birds such as various species of owl, hawks, carrions. Moreover, there exist various sea animals, like monachus-monachus seals, dolphins between Samos, Ikaria and Fournoi, as well as a great number of insects and bugs. The climate on the island is mild Mediterranean, and in the changing of the seasons, the transformation of the scenery is overwhelming. During autumn, yellow fallen leaves color every hillside, in winter many mountain regions are covered in snow, in the springtime the colors of the flowers are breathtaking , and during the summer, vines and grains mingle with different shades of blue in the sea and the sky, under the bright, life-giving light of the Greek sun. Around Samos we find many islets and skerries, the most famous of which is Samiopoula, located at the south, off the shore of Spatharaei village. Approximately 33000 citizens are recorded on the island.

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Kerkis, according to the tradition, constitutes an extinct volcano. Its name means rumble. Its peak is Vigla, with an altitude of 1434 meters, whereas lower ones are Menegaki and Fterias. It hosts rare species of plants, even though after the 1000 meters it is naked in the most spots. During the winter it is covered by snow, contrary to the other areas of the island, where

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The water-reserves of Aliki on the beach of Mykali, the Glyfades lakes at the airport and the marsh in Hora constitute significant breeding and immigrating stations for the birds that are situated or spend the spring in Samos, on their course from Africa to the hot summer Europe.

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snow falls rarely. Ampelos, which, according to Stravon “makes all of the island mountainous�, is a wide massif, which takes a big part of the island. It has dense vegetation (mainly pines, firs, cypresses), as well as many olive trees and vines, which have given it the name Ampelos (Vine). The locals still call it Karvounis. Apart from Profitis Ilias (1155 m.), it has other peaks, whose altitude is approximately 1000 meters, e.g. Ginei and Lazaros. Both mountains include zones, which are protected by the European program NATURA 2000.

Aliki (the saltern): On the road for the Psili Ammos of Pythagorio, the Aliki of Samos is situated. An area where one can find ruins of building premises and destroyed machines, which, for approximately 100 years, constituted the driving force in the island. By means of the resolutions of the Parliament of the Reign in 1859 and 1863 the salterns supplied Samos with first-class salt until 1965, when the continuation of their operation was considered as unbeneficial. Since then, reeds and rushes germinated in the area, which then started to be transformed to an ideal place for the development of a water-reserve, which is very significant for the immigrating, as well as the local birds. Its importance, nowadays, is crucial, whereas the area has been bordered and protected by the NATURA 2000 program.

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In Aliki more than 120 species of birds have been spotted, amongst which herns (white, raloid, metaxoid), flamingos (pink and black), silver-pelicans, swans, sparrow hawks, wild-ducks, brown-ducks, tufted ducks, glossy ibises, wild-fowls and wild-geese, white storks, woodcocks, seagulls and swallows. Besides, apart from the local birds, mammals (rabbits, jackals) and amphibians also live here, such as turtles, chameleons, eels etc. Respective populations of birds make their appearance in Glyfades, with the subsaline waters, where there are also fishes. As for the lovers of birdwatching there are no specific infrastructures of observation

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posts, but the scenery will reward you, while your equipment is necessary for your observations. The aforementioned areas are ideal during April and May. Moreover, in the island, in Aliki, as well as in the highest places of the mountains one can admire the hawks (ntougania in the local dialect), the eagles (imperial, king eagle, osprey), as well as the eagle-hawk, which have been spotted in the island.

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Pythagoras’ Cave: it is located in the foothill of Kerki, in a spot with magnificent view. It has a wide hall of a diameter of approximately five meters and then smaller halls. This is where Pythagoras fled when hunted by Polykratis. You can visit it and you will find it easily by following the relevant signs.

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The famous waterfalls in the River of Karlovassi constitute a main destination for the visitors of the island for many years. By starting from an easy route, which crosses Metamorfosi in the River (where there is a sign), we walk in parallel with the river and we reach the small waterfall. We keep on walking, we climb and swim a bit, before we reach the big waterfall. Apart from the beautiful sight, we also enjoy a swim in the small lakes, that are formed in front of each waterfall.

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Sarantadaskaliotissa Cave: Very close to the Cave of Pythagoras. In the entrance of the cave there is a small church of Panagia of the 11th century with post-Byzantine frescos. It was built by St. Paul the Latrinos. Afterwards, there are dangerous pits and halls with a variety of decors.

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Samos offers a wide variety of choices for mountain and sea activities. Enjoy its nature!

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Samos is famous for its numerous hiking routes. From April until late October you will meet many hikers “scouring” the slopes and the peaks with light equipment, a lot of courage and pleasure for the beauties they are coming across with. In order for one to hike in the mountainous Samos, one needs experience, as well as stamina, especially during the summer, due to the heat. While one must not forget that Samos is sensitive, but also wild… As for the protection of the clean forestal areas and the gulches do not leave any garbage. As for the protection of the luxuriant vegetation, especially during the dry period of summer, you should avoid lighting a cigarette or other fires. As for your own safety, you should be aware of the fact that Samos, due to its luxuriant vegetation and the great variety of fauna, it hides dangers, such as snakes, bugs, scorpions and other insects. Normally, they will not bother you, unless you distract them – besides, we are passing by the places they live. Lastly, you should carry a mobile phone and you should inform somebody on the place you will be (hotel, friends, etc.) and you should be aware of the emergency telephone numbers for any assistance. SOS! In order for one to start a route, the following are

necessary: √ Good equipment (clothes, shoes, climbing staff) √ Resources (water, food, pharmacy) √ Information (map of hiking guide, advice from locals or connoisseurs of the routes) √ Scheduling (knowledge of distances, altitude differences, morphology of route and available time)

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A big island like Samos offers the opportunity for sea sports. Sailing, windsurfing, diving, jet ski or simple canoe, they can all be tried at the appropriate spots. Kokkari is a known destination for Greeks and foreigners, who like windsurfing. You can enjoy a jet ski in the beach of Pythagorio. As for you, yachtsmen, the whole of the island is at your disposal, whereas you can get information and guidance from the yacht clubs of the island. As regards scuba diving, you can find certified dive centers at the port of Pythagorio and at Kerveli Beach (Kerveli Village hotel), which offer guided dives, PADI, SSI dive courses and a variety of services. The island has beautiful beaches and sea bottom, for those who wish to dive. For your safety, it is advised to dive under the dive centres guidance.

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Α Jeep Safari tour for all those who love discovering nature, for those who admire the miracles it has to offer and for those who wish to closely sight and discover the exquisite green of Samos. At Rhenia Tours and at www.SamosBooking.gr you can experience a complete Jeep Safari Tour starting from Vourliotes. After a cup of traditional Greek coffee and a quick stop at the historical monastery of Vrondiani, you will travel to one of the highest, in altitude, vineyards in Europe, where the best wine is made. You will witness breathtaking views of the strait of Mykali, discover lush mountainsides covered in wild sage teas, herbs and a wide variety of plants and wildflowers and walk through the unique Black Pine forest of Ampelos (the locals call it Karvounis) mountain. The essential stop for a lunch in Manolates will charge your appetite and lift your mood to walk through the

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picturesque and authentic village, meet artists from all over the world, visit their workshops and wonder around the inspiring character of the neighborhoods that remain untouched by mass tourism.

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Αξιοθέατα • Sightseeings Seesights Αξιοθέατα Αntike Stätten & Μuseums Μουσεία

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The rich cultural and historical heritage of Samos had been shaped during the ancient, byzantine & modern centuries, offering many interesting seesights.

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Αt the river mouth of Imvrassos, near the homonymous seaside village, the archaeological site of Hereon is situated, where the temple of the goddess Hera was built. It is said that this is the place where the goddess was born and the holy marriage with Zeus took place. Her worship was carried here by the Ionians, but in this areas remnants of premises from the mid-3rd millennium B.C. were found. At the time it was built, it was the biggest temple of Greece and one of the biggest temples of ancient times, whereas the remnants of the archaeological site suggest life and worshiping of the goddess in the area from much earlier. The actual climax, though, seems to begin in the 8th century B.C. The buildings belong

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to the Ionic order and for more than two centuries they are increased in number and quantity, at the same time as Samos, which follows a climax course. A proof of the climax, though, is the remnants, which suggest the commercial and transactional relations with the countries of the east, Persia, Egypt, western Mediterranean and the wider Hellenic area. Therefore, we have in the 8th century the Ekatompedos Α’, a temple dedicated to the goddess, with a relatively small size and a single set of columns, in the 7th century we have an expansion, the Ekatompedos Β’ and in approximately 570 B.C. we have the temple of the architect Rikos. With the commercial and naval development, especially during the years of the tyrant Polykratis, the archaeological site changes form and is enrichened. In 530 B.C. the construction of the two-winged temple (two sets of columns) begins, which is the biggest temple ever built out of tufa and marble chapiters. It preserves the “sikos” (main temple) unaltered and the antetemple of the temple of Rikos, but now it has bigger dimensions (108.6m x 55.6m & 20m height), a total of 155 columns of various sizes and orders, whereas nowadays only one column is preserved (the area was also used to be called “kolona” (column), which of a height half of its

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Τhe tunnel of Eupalinos is one of the most pioneering and important technical works of ancient times. The capital of Samos, during the golden era of the tyrant Polykratis, had increased needs of water supply, which was not available in the area. Therefore, Polykratis appointed the study and the drawing of a system for the transportation of water to the then known architect-engineer, Efpalinos from Megara. The project begun with the perspective 114 mySamos

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that water would be carried from a nearby spring which was located behind the today’s hill that is located above the city of Pythagorio. Hence, an underground system for the transportation of water was designed, which would cross the hill and end up to the tanks of the city. Efpalinos studied that the opening of a double-edged tunnel in the hill would save time. Thus, two groups started from the respective entrances, which met with a minimum deviation! This achievement is considered important, because the scientific methods of measuring and drawing achieved something, which, for that time, was considered extremely difficult. The tunnel, of a length of 1036 meters, took more than 10 years to complete, but it constituted a work, which was used until the first centuries A.D. The remaining network constituted from underground clay pipes and had a total length of approximately 2.5 kilometers. Today, part of the tunnel of Eupalinos can be visited and constitutes a different type of an ancient place of interest. You can reach it from the road of Pythagorio towards Vathi, by following

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original one. In the interior there was the handmade wooden statue of the goddess, whereas the surrounding area looked like a small state, with buildings and many dedicative items. In the area in front of the entrance there was the grandiose altar of 550 B.C., of a height of three meters, buildings on the north and south side, tanks and a basis, where the ship of Koleos was situated, with a big copper boiler. The Iera Odos (Sacred Road), of a length of approximately 5 km, joined the sacred area with the city and it was covered with plaques. On the left and right of the street, there were outstanding pieces of art, dedicative items, statues, male statues (kouros) and female status (kori), temples of other gods, such as of the goddess Rome and Isis, whereas in this route some of the most important findings were found, which are located in the museums of Samos, such as the oversized Kouros and the Constitution of Geneleo. Twice per year the Herea and the Tonea ceremonies take place, with various ceremonies, circumambulation of the statue of the goddess, sacrifices, gymnastics and music. After the falling course of the Samian state, the temple is abandoned. The excavations begun in 1902. The monument is recognized by UNESCO since 1992, it is protected by the NATURA 2000 program and approximately 30,000 visitors come here every year. Significant findings of the wider area are located in museums abroad (Louvre, Berlin etc.).

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the signs (on the same road for the ancient theater and Panagia Spiliani) or even from the center of the city on foot.

built, i.e. Roman Baths. The south halls were occupied by the hot baths, the north ones by the cold baths and the octagonal pool. Ancient theater - Thermes - Port During the times of Polykratis, the imporΟn the same hill, above Pythagorio, on the tant works, which are referred by Herodoroad to the Ditch of Eupalinos, we meet tus, are, amongst others, the port of the the ancient theater. Many disasters have city and the walls. The walls of the 6700 struck it and nowadays all that is left is meters followed the perimeter of the city some remnants. At the same place, on top and today only a small part is preserved. of the ancient remnants, there is today a The construction consists of big stone wooden construction, where performances blocks, whereas in many spots there were are given, mainly during the festivals or- towers, but only one is preserved today. ganized during the summer period. The pier of the port (sea wall) was also a During ancient times, in the west of the great and difficult project, which was adcity of Pythagorio, there were important mired by Herodotus, but today we have no sports premises, with a gymnasium, pal- trace of it. However, we know historically estra (type of “ring”) and stadium. Later that today’s port partially follows the line (second half of the 2nd century A.D.) this of the ancient one. It had a depth of 35 m. is where the Thermes of Pythagorio were and a length of approximately 300 m.

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A museum of great importance is the Natural History Museum (Paleontological) which is located in Mitilinii. It houses important findings of fossils of mammals of the prehistoric period, which lived in the area of Egiida, i.e. the area where today’s Aegean Sea is, when this was land that joined Greece with Minor Asia. During excavations in the area were found fossil bones, that belong to mammals, aged 8-10 million years. Ηere we can find fossils of small horses, rhinos, hyaenas, antelope, mammoth, the Samianbeast (Samothirio), as well as other animals that lived during that period. Lastly, the museum has animals and birds of the Greek territory, minerals and rocks, as well as flora samples from Samos. The museum belongs to the Konstantinos and Maria Zimali foundation, which was established in 1992.

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The Archaeological Museum of Pythagorio includes statues, sepulchral steles, sarcophagi, marble busts of the Roman period and ancient pottery. An important exhibit is the seated statue, dedicated by Eakis to Hera (540 B.C.) and the statue of the Emperor Traianus, of a height of 2.7 meters. + 30 22730 61400

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The Archaeological Museum of Samos is located at the centre of the city and consists of two buildings, the old “Paschalio Archeofilakion” (1912) and the newer one - with the expense of VOLKSWAGEN (1987). The collections include archaic sculpture, pottery, copper, ivory, wooden, ceroplastics and micro-craftsmanship, as well as many other archaeological findings of the pre-classical and classical ancient times and the Hellenistic era. Some important exhibits are the colossal “kouros” (male statue), of a height of five meters, which is a work of the archaic era (beginning of the 6th century B.C.), the constitution of Geneleo - presentation with a group of statues, amongst which Filippi and Ornithi - which was a dedication of the sculptor to the Hereon (560-540 B.C.) and the marble status of a dressed woman - dedicative item of Chiramiis to Hera.

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The Ecclesiastical Museum was funded by the “Niarchos” foundation and was inaugurated in 2006 by the Sacrosanct Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. It houses ecclesiastical items and relics, icons and manuscripts.

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The Lykourgos Logothetis Tower, in Pythagorion, was the center of defence arms of the Samians against Ottomans in 1821. Nowadays, the Tower is renovated and is used as the Byzantine museum of Samos. + 30 22730 62408

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The Folkloric Museum of the N. Dimitriou Foundation at the hotel DORYSSA constitutes a sample of fine presentation of the traditional Samos, until the years of the second World War. + 30 22730 88383

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The Museum of Wine of Samos of the Vinicultural Union of Samos is housed in the premises of the Union, in the area Malagari of the town of Samos. There you can learn the history of the Samian wine, you will learn the method if its production, you will admire the big tanks and the maturation barrels and, of course, you will taste the wines you wish. Besides, you will also watch reproductions of the cultivation. The celar offers you a big variety of Samos wines to buy. + 30 22730 87511

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The Tannery Museum which was created by the Municipality of Karlovassi at the old tannery of Talampekos-Sinadinos, presents in detail the productive procedure. Archived material, photographs and tools will help you enter the world of that people at that time, and understand the way of its operation. 116 mySamos


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Τhe Christian heritage and tradition of Samos constitute important chapters in the life of the island throughout the years.

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The Praxes of the Apostles mention that Samos was greatly blessed by the visit of Apostle Paul, whereas the local tradition mentions that Apostle John the Theologist also passed from Samos. This heritage can be seen nowadays in the beautiful small churches, which are scattered in every corner of the island, in the churches that adorn the villages and in the fascinating monasteries. The most characteristic ones are presented below, according to the map and always counter-clockwise.

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Samos Metropolis (+30 22730-87640), www.imsamou.gr.

Zoodochos Pigi Monastery It was established in 1756 at the place of an older chapel, dedicated to Zoodochos Pigi and it is a typical four-sided block with two-floor wings. At the entrance there is a marble inscription (1833) which depicts the church with obelisks. The Catholic (1782) is of a registered, crossed, complex, four-pillar, three-niche, athonian type, where the visitor, before entering it, will be amazed by the wooden doors with the 365 small wooden pieces, symbolizing the days of the year.

Profitis Ilias Monastery Τhe monastery, which is dedicated to Profitis Ilias (Prophet Elias) on the road from Karlovassi to Konteika, was established by the monks Theophilos and Gregory to which the church that existed there was donated. The Catholic (1739), which substituted the old one, is one-winged basilica with cupola. Works of fine art are also the wooden-carved chancel, the frescos that have been revealed and the marble floor with the fine vivid omphalic in the centre. The monastery celebrates on July 20th.

Panagia Vrontiani Monastery Τhe monastery of Panagia Vrontiani is located above the village Vourliotes. Built in 1566 by the monks Jacob and Makarios. It celebrates on the Birth of the Holy Mother (8th September). The name Vrontiani (Rambling) derives from the oral testimonies, according to which during the celebration of the monastery, the first rains fall and the thunders rumble loudly in the area. A part of the wings of the monastery had burnt during the great fire on the island in 2000, which is being restored.

Agios Ioannis Theologos Monastery It is small in size and the cells are built on the south, west and north side of the complex.

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Zoodochos Pigi of Kakoperato Τhe monastery of Zoodochos Pigi in Kakoperato, a little further from the village Kosmadei, is a small retreat at an altitude of 600 meters. It consists of a small church, dedicated to the Zoodochos Pigi and a 2floor building with cells. The gnarled path within the rocks leads to the known cave

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monastery by the monk Isidoros Kiriakopoulos in 1867, below Palaiohori, at a small gulf across the Katergo skerry. Later Evangelistria Monastery on, it was granted to the Sacrosanct Grave. Τhis is one of the oldest retreats of the is- The complex consists of the church and the land, glebe of the Sacrosanct Grave. Its buildings of the cells. The surrounding area establishment is placed during the 10th has rich vegetation and abundant waters, century. It is located at an altitude of which fill the wells of the monastery. 700 meters, on the south side of Kerkis and offers unique view to the Dodecanese Megali Panagia Monastery and Fourni. In order to reach it, you need Τhe monastery of Megali Panagia or of the to follow the rural road from Votsalakia “Five spitia”, which is located between the up to an altitude of approximately 400 villages Koumaradei and Mili, was estabmeters, and continue by following the ac- lished in 1586 by the monks Nilos and clivitous path. Dionisios, who came from the mountain Latros of Minor Asia. Its architectural Kimisi of Theotokos Monastery structure follows the usual traditional Kimisi of Theotokos is a small female four-sided 2-floor and 3-floor building monastery with significant cultural con- complex, with the Catholic being placed tribution. It was established in 1887 and diagonally in the centre of the yard. The is located under Marathokampos. Catholic (1593) of the monastery, which is celebrated on the day of the Kimisis Agios Ioannis Eleimonas Monastery of Theotokos, belongs to the type of the It was built on top of the ruins of an old

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Dear visitors, we would like to show you something new but in fact something that we knew from the past.

In the 60s and 70s in Greece there was a different type of cuisine. This cuisine was a joy of life, where friends met at the tavern in the evening in a glass of wine or in a glass of ouzo. However, because only drink would simply lead them to get drunk, there were always at least some mezes (tapas) to eat.

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Typically, a series of small dishes, hot and cold appetizers, mezes or mezedes, as we call it in Greece. From these taverns we got the warm, friendly, traditional atmosphere and good taste and we will try as much as possible to offer it from our Balkoni! We wish you good appetite and a pleasant stay in Samos.(Open daily)

Koumaradei, Tel: +30 22730 41144, email:rpot71@otenet.gr

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crossed, registered, complex, 4-column, Athonian church with a narthex. The frescos of the Catholic, work of an unknown hagiographer of 1596, are remarkable and follow the pattern of the Catholics of the monasteries of Mount Athos.

Timios Stavros Monastery Τhe monastery of Timios Stavros, which is located near the village Mavratzei, was established by the monk Nilos the Latrian, who was one of the two “ctetors” of the monastery of Megali Panagia in 1592, when Jeremiah B’ was Patriarch. The original Catholic had been built during the beginning of the 17th century, whereas it took its today’s form in 1838. It has representations from the Old and the New Testament and was made by artists from Chios in 1854. The vestry of the monastery hosts remarkable icons and other relics, such as a shard from the Holy Cross, which was a gift from the Partiarch of Jerusalem, Cyril B’. The Holy Monastery celebrates on September 14th. Panagia Spiliani Monastery It is located above Pythagorio, at the entrance of the cave. The area of the cave is considered as sacred from the ancient times, whereas during the Byzantine period it hosted ascetics and in 1943 it was a hideout for the protection from the bombardments of the forces of the Axis. 120 mySamos

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The miraculous clay icon of Panagia (Holy Mother) is located there inside the wall. According to tradition, the crack of the icon was caused when some people wanted to take it from the island, and it fell to the sea, it broke and it reached the shore, where the believers found it and returned it to its original place.

Agia Zoni Monastery Τhe monastery of Agia Zoni at the plain of Vlamari, was established in 1695. The monastery follows the typical perimeter four-sided structure, consisting of 2floored cells. The Catholic has the shape of a one-winged arched basilica with copula with arcs on the interior and has a small belfry (1751). On the interior there are many frescos of the 17th century and a fine wooden-carved chancel (1801). It celebrates on August 31st. Agia Triada Monastery It is located near Mytilinii. The Catholic follows the four-column, three-niche church of an athonian type and it has been placed diagonally at the interior of the yard.

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Γαστρονομία • Gastronomy

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Gastronomy Gastronomie &&Local Lokale products Produkte When Dionysus gifted Samos with the vineyard, it was as if he was baptizing the island and identifying it with it.

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Vineyard, Wine & Ouzo

Since ancient times, Samos was famous for its wine, whereas as years passed by, all the excursionists described it, they always stressed that it was full of vineyards. Nowadays, many varieties are cultivated in the island but especially the Moschato grape, with the small grapes, which constitutes the dominant variety and provides one of the best and awarded sweet wines of the world, as well as excellent dry white wines. The production and disposal of the wine by the Vinicultural Union of Samos was one of the first processing activities. The Union collects (up until today) the whole of the quantity of grapes from the local unions of each village and produces a big variety of wines, which they dispose to the market. Moreover, it exports large quantities of wine to many countries. The Catholic church of the Vatican uses exclusively sweet wine from Samos, in order to use it for the needs of the Holy Mass. Before the establishment of the Union, there were the wine presses and the taverns. The wine presses were buildings, where the grapes were gathered, in order to be stepped on. The must was coming out from a hole and ended up in the “polimi”, which was a tank inside the building, from where the transfusion was taking place by means of a special

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container, the “metro”, to the barrel. The wine presses had space with barrels, from where each producer was then taking must, by means of the “dermatia”, and carried it to the warehouse of their own house in their own barrel. Taverns were trading the must and the wine and they had no relation to the term, as we know it today. At the same time the building might be hosting a wine press and a winery. From there wine and must were sold and, apart from private individuals, the tradesmen carried the wine with their small boats)and they exported them to other islands or Minor Asia.

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MΟΥΣΕΙΟ OINOY-WINE MUSEUM EOΣΣ-UNION OF VINICULTURAL COOPERATIVES OF SAMOS

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Malagari, Samos T. +30 22730 87511 E. info@samoswine.gr W. www.samoswine.gr


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Olive trees & oil

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Τhe holy olive tree exists on the island since the ancient times. During the last years there is growth in the cultivation and renewal of many olive groves. The dominant varieties, apart from the old Samian trees, are the “koroneiki” variety and the “kalamon” variety. The olives are put is sacks and are carried to the oil-press or liotrivi. This building would traditionally have either a manual or an animal-powered mechanism with rocks, which would crush the fruit and the material is put in sacks, which go under a press with heated water, from where fresh and warm olive oil is finally extracted. Nowadays, there are super-modern means, which make this procedure much simpler and less tiring. The payment of the oil-press would traditionally be made by means of a percentage from the quantity of the oil. During the procedure, people would eat the “kapira”, which was bread seared in the fire, circumfused with fresh, warm olive oil and salt or even oregano, as well as sugar, when given to children. The oil was stored in the warehouses of the houses, inside “pytharia” (large clay barrels).

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Μέλι (Μeli): The unique biodiversity of the island gives generously excellent food for bees to produce the honey of Samos. Herbs, shrubs and trees, some of them rare in the Aegean impart, give specific characteristics to this pure product. Pine, cherry, rosemary, strawberry, mint, thyme, sage, mountain tea are just some of them. Honey is an integral component of the Mediterranean diet. The honey of Samos is a special part of the island’s tradition as it is used on all feasts and accompanies many dishes to festive celebrations, weddings, christenings and of course in the daily diet. 124 mySamos

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Ouzo and Souma The “souma” is an aromatic distillate, which comes from the strong essence of the “moschato” grape and to which no other aromatic substance is added. On the contrary, the “ouzo”, which constitutes a product of a second distillation and clearly has higher degrees, there is the addition of anise (which was cultivates on the island in the past), which gives it the fine aroma. The “ouzo” from Samos, although not very popular, has a great tradition. The many wineries that produce it today offer an “ouzo” of a high quality and taste, equivalent to the other popular “ouzos” of Greece, which we recommend you to taste. The Ouzo of Samos Frantzeskos is produced from the 4th generation of the grandpa who brought the recipe from the Minor Asia in 1917. With the same passion, this great ouzo is produced following its traditional recipe but under the use of modern technology that highlights its fine qualities. During the ouzo’s distillation process, anise is combined with many kinds of Samos’ herbs producing the Frantzeskos’ family fine quality Ouzo. Don’t miss the chance to taste it asking for the so called “Ouzo bottle with the small boat”.

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Samian Cuisine & Gastronomy

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Τhe typical Samian cuisine has as its main ingredients the olive oil and the local products, which were always accompanied by wine from Samos.

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Although the “tiganites” are produced in variety is the best in quality. It is colall other Greece by porridge, in Samos lected and dried, in order to become a they are made of dough, which is formed in boiled drink, just like tea. small pitas of a diameter of approximately 10cm, which are then fried in oil and are offered with grated cheese or honey. Vakakis Domaine started its wine “Revithokeftedes” (chickpea-balls): It is production in 2013. a popular dish in the Aegean, but always different in every island. In Samos it is a With absolute dedication to the ancharacteristic appetizer, and we suggest cient treasure of Samos and the bathat you should taste it. sic product cultivated by Samians for The “Kolokithopittes” (marrow-pies) are centuries, Vakakis Winery collects particularly popular on the island. They excellent quality grapes. The philosocan either be cooked as a pie, in a pastry phy of the Winery is to produce limited filled with yellow pumpkin, cheese, egg and fennel in the pan, or in the form of a amounts of fine wines with respect to twisted pasty in the shape of a snail, filled traditional methods but under modwith yellow pumpkin, rice and cinnamon. ern quality standards. It already has a The Samian nature, though, also offers unique audience. many fruits of a high gastronomic value. Don’t miss the winery tasting tour! First of all, we have the “manites”. Mushrooms in Samos are an excellent dish. --------- www.vakakiswines.gr ----------

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Out of the herbs, the one distinguishing is the “flaskouni”. This famous herb, with the scientific name Menta Pulegium, is known from the ancient times, when Theophrastus from Eresos mentions that the Samian 126 mySamos

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The Samian land hides many treasures. Traditionally, locals collected and cooked the big sized snails; the “karavolous�, as they are called on the island. This tradition, as well as the love of Hatziantoniadi family for snails, led to the farming of this nutritional treasure.

In a modern and well-developed production plant, thousands of snails are grown, under very strict hygienic conditions. Their nutrition is completely controlled and this includes corn, barley, olive oil, thyme, bran e.t.c. in order to secure their high dietary value. Snails are rich in amino acids, while their content in Omega-3 fatty acids can be compared to that offered by fish. Their characterization as superfood, as well as their unique taste, has made them has highly increased their demand and you can find them in selected points of sale all around the island. Chantziantoniadis Family. T: +30 22730 32111 M: +30 6948 884 090 E-mail: karavolisnails@gmail.com

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