At a glance
Throw down a towel on Psili Ammos Beach
Delve into the Eupalino Tunnel
Eat meze at a seafront taverna
Destinations in Samos
Top things to See and Do in Samos
All types of beaches
The beaches in Samos range from fine-sand stretches to chunky pebbled coves, and can be found on every side of the island. A sea breeze cools down the beaches in the north – great for kids and watersports aficionados.
The big beach
Psili Ammos Beach is a family-pleaser – it’s got shallow waters and a decent line-up of sunloungers, parasols and tavernas. The beach itself is a fine-sand sweep about a 20-minute drive from Pythagorion.
The secret beach
Lesser-known beaches spot the south-west coast of Samos. Mountain-framed Marathokampos Bay and the matching hamlet of Balos are less than an hour’s drive from Pythagorion. Here, a barely-touched shingle beach unravels in front of sugar-white houses.
Honey is a Samos speciality, so supermarkets line their shelves with the stuff. Home-grown honey stalls also pop up along the roadside between Pythagorion and Pyrgos.
For 10 euros or so, you can score a bottle of Samos’ sweet wine. Samos Town is home to a wine museum offering a medley of sugary Muscats, while Karlovassi Winery will take you through the how-tos of wine-making. It’s about a 40-minute drive from Samos Town.
Jewellery boutiques glitter on the streets of Kokkini village and along Harbour Road in Pythagorion. Some of the shops sell exclusive pieces by designers like Sarina Beza and Efi Poursaitidou, but be warned – they come with sky-high price tags.
Northerly Kokkari steals the award for the most laid-back village in Samos. The tavernas along the waterfront offer sunset views and Greek nights with a traditional music soundtrack. When it comes to quality food, Pythagorion wins out. First-rate restaurants necklace the harbour town’s waterfront.
Samos Town is the place to be for great nightlife. Waterfront bars do a line in cocktails and there are a couple of live music bars. Greek music also stars in the bars – otherwise known as bouzoukias – that liven up Pythagorion’s harbour front.
Dessert wine has topped drink menus on Samos since 1,200 BC. Muscat grapes and an oak barrel ageing process make for a sugar-sweet after-dinner drink.
Samos locals traditionally lunch on Kolokithopita – a coil or pocket-shaped filo pastry pie stuffed with sweet pumpkin, onions, feta cheese and mint.
Feta saganaki is a sweet and savoury starter of pan-fried feta cheese drizzled in locally-made honey. To add a bit of crunch, it’s sprinkled with sesame seeds
Samos and seafood go together like Italy and pizza. You’ll see the word ‘garides’ all over restaurant menus – that’s grilled shrimp in a gloopy tomato and feta sauce.
Gemista might as well be the national dish of Samos. Tomatoes and peppers get their insides scooped out before being stuffed with a mix of rice, pine nuts, onions and olive oil. Sometimes the chef throws in minced beef to spice things up.