In July we spent 3 days on the Greek island of Samos. The second day of our trip we started early with breakfast in the hotel, packed the car with our swimming gear, a map of the island and started out to explore. We planned to take a route around the whole island.

Map of Samos from Hertz

Taking the red route

The red route you can see on the map, we got from the hire car company, is the main road around the island. This basically means its the only route that has two lanes and lane markings all the way. It’s still twisty, narrow and very steep in places as the island is very mountainous but the views as you travel round are stunning.

We started out from our hotel on the far right of the map and explored a couple of bays near by. The first, Posidonio was a very quiet fishing village with wide harbour, a couple of tavernas and rooms to rent. This is just about as close as you can get to Turkey and this coast is where many refugees are finding their way across.

Stopping for a frappé and leaving just as the day trip boat from Pythagorian was arriving. It’s a beautiful spot and I can imagine going to stay there for the peace and quiet. We drove down to the next bay Klima, this was a simple beach with 2 tavernas/guest houses on it.

Next we headed towards Psili Ammos as there’s a salt lake near by, this time of year it’s all dried up. It would be great to see it with flamingos at another time of year. Once famous for it’s salt production the old salt mill can still be seen.

Psili Amos old salt factory on the lake

old salt factory on the lake

We then got back onto the main road, through Pythagorian and up into the hills. It was a good road passing through small villages and rising quickly. The next stop for a frappé was at the village of Koumaradei where there’s a pottery with taverna attached and fabulous views down to the rest of the village, down to the airport in the distance and the hills of Turkey.

We continued along the main tourist route around the island and headed towards Karlovassi. The terrain changes as you reach the other coast. With very little tourism it’s more rugged and run down. Along the road to the harbour there’s lots of abandoned old warehouses and old mansions. These are left over from the days when it was a rich leather tanning and export town.

Vourliotes village Samos

an old warehouse

Just off the main route there’s a great beach at Potami and an unusual church Agio Nikolaos Chapel. In a change from traditional roundel this is a piece of beautiful modern archetecture.

Agios Nikolaos Chapel Samos

Agios Nikolaos Chapel

We followed the coast dotted with churches and beach. Then taking some advice we were given turned off up to Vourliotes. An old mountain village, with stunning views and colourful houses all packed tightly together. There’s some parking on the outskirts of the village then there’s barely room for a moped. With steps leading in every direction and wonderful countryside around I’d love to go back and wander around for longer.

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There was a small square surrounded by tavernas, we carried on walking and found another taverna with the most amazing view. It was late afternoon so we stopped for lunch and more frappé.

The village was full of little gems around every corner. They obviously had their owns sign writer too as all the shops and tavernas had the same style. I haven’t seen that anywhere else in Greece.

Heading back now towards Samos town we enjoyed the scenery and went back to the hotel and the beach for a swim in the bay. Before the sun set we were ready to enjoy some traditional food in the Haravgi taverna on the beach. A wonderful setting for my husbands birthday meal.

haravgi taverna view of the sea

great view for dinner

There’s lots more places to visit around the island, it would be great to head back and spend longer one day. Have you been? What would you recommend seeing?

More about Samos:

Day 1: Pretty ports and a relaxing hotel

 

 

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