48 hours in Samos

Samos is one of the northeastern Aegean Islands’ best-known destinations, yet there are numerous off-the-beaten-track beaches and quiet spots to discover. The island is renowned for its sweet local wine and its rich history as the birthplace of Hera, Pythagoras and Epicurus.

Day One

10 am.
Check in to the five-star Doryssa Seaside Resort. Luxury spa, minimalist rooms, restaurants, bars, swimming pools, sports facilities and a Folklore Museum complement the facilities (Pythagorion, tel. +3022730 88300, www.doryssa.gr). 

The luxurious Proteas Blu Resort offers rooms, bungalows and suites that almost touch the sea. The hotel's facilities complement two private beach, swimming pool, spa, restaurants, bar, playground, tennis and volleyball courts and fully equipped conference rooms. Do not miss the romantic dinner under the moonlight on the Π2 Theory Gourmet Restaurant (Pythagorion, tel. +3022730 62144, www.proteasbluresort.gr).

Armonia Bay is an elegant hotel overlooking Tsamadou Beach overlooking the sea and the fishing village of Kokkari. At your disposal, 24 carefully appointed rooms with balcony or veranda overlooking the sea or the garden, impressive infinity pool, rich homemade breakfast and a creative Greek cuisine restaurant (Tsamadou Beach, Kokkari, tel .: +3022730 92279, www.armoniahotels.com).

11 am
Head to Potami beach, located about 2 km from Karlovassi, with sand and pebbles, deep and crystal clear water. There are waterfalls nearby. Keep in mind that the beach is exposed to northern winds and is often hit by large waves. Swimming in Megalo Seitani is a unique experience, located in the northwest tip of the island, where you will enjoy a totally quiet time. It is a beach with thick sand, turquoise deep waters and trees almost reaching the sea. It has no organization and you must have all the necessities with you. You will arrive by boats departing from Karlovassi.


For over a decade, Kalamies fish tavern of Thodoris and Irene has been renowned for fresh fish and seafood in the eastern side of Kokkari's pedestrian precinct just before the small and picturesque "small Lemonakia" beach. Yuo will enjoy fried squid, seafood platters, shrimps or grilled fish, all well-cooked and in hearty portions. The friendly service, quality and reasonable prices are in contrast to the tourist atitude of professionals in Kokkari village (Kokkari, tel .: +3022730 92577, from €15 per person).

Visit the two wineries of the Vinicultural Cooperatives of Samos (EOSS) in Malagari and Karlovassi. It was founded in 1934, with the participation of 26 local cooperatives, representing all of the wine growers onm the island. Since its foundation, EOSS has been harvesting grapes and crafting wine in two wineries located in the areas of Malagari and Karlovassi, respectively. From the wineries, the union distributes its bulk or bottled wine to the rest of Greece and throughout the world. Exports constitute a significant part of EOSS business activities and cover 80% of the approximately 7,000 tons of wine the Union produces annually. France alone imports 60% of the wine produced on the island of Samos. The Union has two major wine-making facilities, each with its own history: the winery in Karlovassi serves the vineyards located in the northern part of the island while the one in Malagari, just outside Vathy, serves the rest of the island and hosts the headquarters of the Union. At Malagari you will also find the Samos Wine Museum, which was inaugurated in 2005, and hosts great exhibits for the island's wine history. Both EOSS wineries are open to the public, during working days and hours (tel .: +3022730 87511, www.samoswine.gr).

For over a decade the AAA taverna, caters to locals and visitors who arrive in the picturesque village of Manolates with traditional Greek dishes. In the courtyard at the central square, next to the church, you will taste chickpea balls, stuffed kid goat and lamb kleftiko along with local wine. If you are wondering what its name means, it is the initials of the words Ambrosia, Abundance, Enjoyment (Manolates, tel .: +3022730 94472, www.aaasamos.com, from €12 per person).

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