48 hours in Samothrace

Samothrace is not an ordinary island. Beaches, waterfalls, mountains, oven-baked goat and lush vegetation, untouched landscapes, streams and a sense of mystery. These are just a few words to describe the most northeastern island of Greece.

Day One

Check in to Axiokersa guesthouse, which opened in 2016 in the capital of the island. It is housed in a building constructed in 1837 by geat Greek builders from Konstantinoupolis and it has just 8 elegant suites with equipped kitchenette and a balcony in most of them (Chora, tel. +3025510 41416, www.axiokersa-suites.gr).

Samothraki Village can be reached following the coastal road to the north side of the island. The complex offers double triple rooms, mini-suites and a deluxe suite, all with sea views. Inside the lush garden there are two pools with sun loungers and a magnificent view of the sea. The rich breakfast is served until 11.30 and it includes traditional delicacies such pies, loukoumades, crepes and home-made jams (Palaiopoli, tel. +3025510 42300, www.samothrakivillage.gr). 

Niki Beach almost touches the sea and it has 34 rooms with balcony, most with sea view, as well as 3 suites. The hotel's facilities complement the area where the hearty breakfast is served, the large lounge, the pool, the garden and the bar are served. The village of Chora and the archaeological site are located 5 km from the hotel (Kamariotissa, tel .: +3025510 41545, https://nikibeach.gr).

Head to Pachia Ammos, the bustling sandy beach at the southernmost point of the island. It has golden sand, exotic waters, sun beds, umbrellas and a beach bar. You will reach it through a dirt road starting from the village of Lakkoma. For more privacy, walk to the nearby small beach of Karkanis, which is also sandy. The most beautiful beach on the island is Vatos, with fine pebbles and green-blue waters. It is located east of Pachia Ammos and the easiest way to get there is by boat from Therma.

Pachia Ammos


Apostolos' spit roasted goat is famous throughtout the island. The tavern of Vrachos is located near Pachia Ammos beach and is ideal for eating after swimming. Sit under the huge plane tree and taste grilled meat, kokoretsi and konosovouli (Profitis Ilias, tel .: +3025510 95264, from €15 per person).

Wander around the Chora of Samothrace, located in the mainland of the island, 6 km. from the port of Kamariotissa. The capital is built amphitheatrically on the slopes of Mount Saos and has been declared a traditional and preserved settlement. You will walk among two-storey stone-built houses with tiled roofs, stone-paved squares and beautiful cobblestone streets to reach the imposing Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (1875) and the Folk Museum, housed in an old mansion. At the edge of the settlement dominates the medieval castle of the Gattilusi, the Venetian family who had the island under their command in the 14th century. 

Grab one of the tables on the terrace at the Trapeza me Thea (Bank with a view) cafe to enjoy homemade sweets and great views of the island's capital. Try the delicious crepes, homemade lemonade, spoon sweets and breakfast with a hearty omelette with feta and graviera cheese and tomato (Chora, tel .: +3025510 41532).

Dinner at Arsinoe, the elegant restaurant of the Samothraki Village Hotel, which has been operating since the beginning of the summer of 2017. You will taste delicious salads, a variety of local cheeses, beef fillet with cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and capers, sole fillet, linguine with seafood or risotto with mushrooms and truffle oil, among others (Palaiopoli, tel .: +3025510 42300, http://samothrakivillage.gr, from €15 per person).

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