The Island of Samos has so much to offer and the best way to travel is (you guessed it) by hiring a car from Pegasus rent-a-car and motorbike hire opposite the port in Samos Town.  Spend the morning visiting a site of antiquity, have lunch in one of the many mountain villages and spend the afternoon lazing on a beach.  Stop off on the way home at one of the coastal towns for a cocktail and a bite to eat before returning to your hotel for a night cap.

zoodochou pigi samos

The monastery of Zoodochou Pigi is located Northeast of Samos Town (Vathi) , the most direct route being through Vlamari.  The monastery was built in the 18th century high on the hill side with spectacular panoramic views.  Most monasteries are quite relaxed when it comes to taking photographs, Zoodochou is not one of them and like the monastery of Panagia Spiliani, shoulders and legs must be covered in accordance with the Orthodox religion.

kokkariThe fishing village of Kokkari with its narrow winding streets is a delightful place to visit, it has two main beaches, many tavernas, bars, cafes and gift shops.

megali panagia samos

The monastery of Megali Panagia (great Mary) is located between Koumaradei and Mili and is one of the oldest monasteries on the island, dating back to the 16th century.  The frescoes on the church ceiling are well worth seeing.

manolatesManolates is a delightful mountain village, within hiking distance from Vourliotes, or a short drive through the valley of the nightingales. Here you will find restaurants, cafes and traditional craft stores.

panagias spilianis

The monastery of Panagia Spiliani is located on the hill side above Pythagorio close to the entrance to the tunnel of Efpalineio.  The unusual thing about this monastery is that its church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, is located deep within a cave and contains an old icon of the 'Virgin in the Caves' that is surrounded by legend.

vourliotesVourliotes is a wonderful mountain village full of Greek tradition. The village square is lined with small tavernas, a perfect location for either lunch or a romantic dinner. The water from the mountain spring is said to posses 'special' qualities!

agia zoni monastery

The Monastery of Agia Zoni was established in late 17th century by the monk Meletiosis and is located a few kilometres east of Vlamari and is well worth a visit if you like peace and tranquility. The church of the monastery has a domed vaulted ceiling, with beautiful frescoes dating from the 17th century.

pythagorio-boatsPythagorio is a thriving tourist town, with its picturesque harbor, town beach, many restaurants, tavernas, bars, cafes and tourist shops.

vathiSamos Town (Vathi) is the capitol and main port of the Island and has many shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. The Archaeological Museum is home to the 5 m (16 ft) colossal Kouros that was found at Heraion dating back to 580 BC.

temple of heraThe Temple of Hera has been the site of many temples worshiping Hera, the last being built under the order of Polycrates in 525 BC, the largest temple in Greece. Today, only the foundations and a single column remain at the site.

eupalinos tunnelThe 1,040m (3,410 ft) long Ephpalineo aquaduct is one of the most significant engineering feats of the ancient world. Commissioned by Polycrates and designed by Eupalinos the tunnel guaranteed water supply to the ancient city of Samos.

cave of pythagorasSamos is home to Pythagoras, who amongst many other things proved that in a right angled triangle, a2 + b2 = c2.  According to local legend Pythagoras saught refuge in these caves when he was being persued by the tyrant, Polycrates, around 400 B.C.  The walk up to the cave is via a steep set of steps, so take plent of water with you to keep hydrated.  There is a small tavern in the alley where you can seek liquid refreshment after your walk.

ano vathi samosHigh above Samos Town (Vathi) is Ano Vathi (Upper Vathi) with narrow cobbled streets and beautiful Ottoman style houses.  Spend hours wandering the streets, say Yia-sas (hello) to the locals and stop at one of the several kafenions (Greek coffee shops) where you can sit with the locals, grab a bite to eat and drink Greek coffee or Ouzo (there are other drinks as well).

potami waterfallsPotami water falls is located behind Potami beach just outside of Karlovasi.  On the road behind the beach you’ll see a sign  pointing up the valley.  Follow the path (take a look at the beautiful little church of Metamorphosis) and continue to the gorge where you have two options: swim in the beautiful crystal clear water up the gorge to the waterfall OR take the stairs that will take you to the top of the water fall.

profitis iliasDriving up from Vourliotes you’ll pass one of Samos’ oldest monasteries, Moni Vronta, (it burnt down in 2000 but is being restored to it’s former beauty). Continuing up the mountain road you will  eventually come to Profitis Ilias at a height of 1153 meters above sea level with spectacular panoramic views of Samos.


The best way to rent a car at Samos, is a phonecall and an email with Kostas: In less than 3 minutes everything is o.k. Cheap, very kind and with all great services included. Thanks a lot / Efcharistoe poli!
Roel Scholten, The Netherlands

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